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    Default Re: Where will you be at during the 2017 total solar eclipse?



    Newbie here. As a Portlander, I am lucky enough to have the path of totality passing just a few miles outside of town. I'll take my bicycle into the countryside to avoid the traffic jams people are predicting. And pretty sure I'm in the minority here, but I plan on just eyeballing the eclipse. Maybe I'll have a fancy photography rig when the next one comes. (Wait, maybe I will be pushing up daisies by then.)

    Anyway, what a cool event. The buzz about it reminds me of Halley's Comet when I was ten.
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    Default Re: Where will you be at during the 2017 total solar eclipse?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan O'Connell View Post
    And pretty sure I'm in the minority here, but I plan on just eyeballing the eclipse. Maybe I'll have a fancy photography rig when the next one comes. (Wait, maybe I will be pushing up daisies by then.)
    I plan on eyeballing the eclipse as well while the cameras do their thing. I've got a Raspberry Pi coming with the intent of having it control both cameras and varying the exposure times to capture both very short and longer exposures to combine after I get home. Since the 450D (modded) and 1100D (non-modded) use the same sensor with the same output image size I can combine images from both as needed to produce some nice HDR images, and if I get the 450D modded for monochrome the final results should be very nice (fingers crossed).
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    Default Re: Where will you be at during the 2017 total solar eclipse?

    I'm in kansas. Heading to KC sunday night, then Monday morning to a back country road away from all the noise.. This will be my 2nd one. I was young the first time so this should be.. Awesome! lol

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    Default Re: Where will you be at during the 2017 total solar eclipse?

    As of now we are going to be at the East Hills Shopping Center parking lot in St. Joseph, MO. My wife does not like the heat and being at an air-conditioned mall may be very helpful. It looks like a couple of AF'ers will be at the St. Joe Menards store so if the heat is not too bad maybe we will head there instead.

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    Default Re: Where will you be at during the 2017 total solar eclipse?

    Being in just the edge in South Carolina, will be in back yard.
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