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Plans for the Great American Eclispe, Aug 21, 2017

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9 hours ago, jburns said:

I just got back from an amazing trip to Saint Matthews, SC.  Thanks for the hospitality Michelle. The eclipse was everything it was hyped to be and more. Others have described the solar effects very well so I will talk a bit about the other things that were happening. We all actually saw the snake bands or shadow bands moving across the ground just before totality. Avdave got a video of them that I hope he will upload at some point.

It was perfectly clear above us but around the horizon were clouds of various shades and type. As totality began the clouds lit up with various pinks and yellows along the horizon all around us. It really was a 360º sunrise.  Throughout the two and a half minutes of totality, the clouds shimmered and glowed. Venus appeared and glowed brightly as it often does in the evening sky.  

The difference between 99% and totality is mind-blowing. It was an interesting event up to the point of totality and then, in an instant, it became the most amazing natural occurrence I have ever seen. I'm so glad I went and urge anyone who can when the next one occurs in 2024 to make the trip.  You will not regret it. If I'm still above ground, I'll meet you there.

It was great to meet your S.o. And everyone else! The totality was one of the best things I've experienced!!!! 

Btw, I pretty sure that the "glowing planes" I saw during the totality were the skydivers that had sparkler/streamers 

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With this being my first eclipse I wasn't completely sure how I'd feel.  I was certainly anxious once we were within 20 minutes of totality.  As the moon blocked out that final sliver of sun and you took your glasses off to see the corona glowing behind the moon was truly breathtaking.  We were lucky enough to have a clear view from our backyard in Forest Acres with friends and family and everyone let out a collective "Oh my GOD" as we took our glasses off.  It was unbelievable.  No other way to describe it.  

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2 hours ago, eyewall said:

My shot of totality from Williamston, SC:
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Super wide cell shot of the landscape, umbra, and twilight:
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Excellent shoots.

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WOW!! I think that is the only word I can come up with to describe the eclipse. It was awesome in St Matthews, SC. It was great to meet JBurns and Mrs JBurns too and Iso and his sig other. Thank you Chelle for hosting the get together. It was way beyond what I thought we would see.  Jaw dropping event. 100% versus 95% is literally night and day. Epic event for sure that I will never forget.

 

  I still have that scene in my head of it all starting. Dragon flies starting flying everywhere, butterflies, etc. The scene around the field was just amazing as we had some high Cu tops around us that lit up a fine glow. Otherwise we had a perfect sky in central SC. Finally the portals did something good for once LOL

Jburns, here is the video of the Snake Bands/Shadow bands as the eclipse started. Glad I got a small video if it happening. If it doesnt work, send me your email and I will email it to you and you can edit it around to make it work.  EDIT: I cant attach it as it is over the allowed 1.95MB allowed.  Any ideas?

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Avdave said:

WOW!! I think that is the only word I can come up with to describe the eclipse. It was awesome in St Matthews, SC. It was great to meet JBurns and Mrs JBurns too and Iso and his sig other. Thank you Chelle for hosting the get together. It was way beyond what I thought we would see.  Jaw dropping event. 100% versus 95% is literally night and day. Epic event for sure that I will never forget.

 

  I still have that scene in my head of it all starting. Dragon flies starting flying everywhere, butterflies, etc. The scene around the field was just amazing as we had some high Cu tops around us that lit up a fine glow. Otherwise we had a perfect sky in central SC. Finally the portals did something good for once LOL

Jburns, here is the video of the Snake Bands/Shadow bands as the eclipse started. Glad I got a small video if it happening. If it doesnt work, send me your email and I will email it to you and you can edit it around to make it work.  EDIT: I cant attach it as it is over the allowed 1.95MB allowed.  Any ideas?

 

 

 

I'm glad it worked out in Columbia with mainly clear skies. Did you also notice the decrease in cu clouds as the partial stages set it?  I've never seen clouds behave the way they did yesterday.  

You can try to upload the video to YouTube then embed the video. 

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11 minutes ago, LithiaWx said:

 

I'm glad it worked out in Columbia with mainly clear skies. Did you also notice the decrease in cu clouds as the partial stages set it?  I've never seen clouds behave the way they did yesterday.  

You can try to upload the video to YouTube then embed the video. 

Thanks. Yeah we got lucky for sure. Totally worth the trip from Durham to see this. 

 

thanks for the you tube idea, I totally forgot I have an acct there so thats what I did :)

Here is the quick video of the shadow bands yesterday

https://youtu.be/Az31SHNsyzU

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2 hours ago, Avdave said:

 

Jburns, here is the video of the Snake Bands/Shadow bands as the eclipse started. Glad I got a small video if it happening. If it doesnt work, send me your email and I will email it to you and you can edit it around to make it work.  EDIT: I cant attach it as it is over the allowed 1.95MB allowed.  Any ideas?

 

 

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I looked at it on Facebook. I'll be honest with you, it pretty much looks exactly like it looked in person. You probably could edit it to bring out the bands more but it would be less realistic.

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I came all the way from Maryland to see this, and it was just as Burns and Dave described. I've seen a lot of pictures of eclipses ever since I was a kid, but none of that compares to seeing the actual thing in real life, and experiencing all the rapid changes in the scenery that come along with it, especially in the last few minutes before totality. The weather also turned out to be much better than expected, and although there were some clouds building up early on, a lot of them died down as the eclipse progressed. Conditions were just about perfect.

Oh, and @buckeyefan1 was an amazing host. I'm so glad she brought us all together for this :)

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Words can't describe it. I know I sound like an echo chamber :lol:  :P    Thank you to everyone who came! It was awesome seeing everyone again and meeting John and his beautiful bride   :wub:   I wouldn't trade yesterday for anything   :wub:

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17 minutes ago, buckeyefan1 said:

Words can't describe it. I know I sound like an echo chamber :lol:  :P    Thank you to everyone who came! It was awesome seeing everyone again and meeting John and his beautiful bride   :wub:   I wouldn't trade yesterday for anything   :wub:

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Which ones Brick! :)

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2 hours ago, jburns said:

I looked at it on Facebook. I'll be honest with you, it pretty much looks exactly like it looked in person. You probably could edit it to bring out the bands more but it would be less realistic.

True, I was hoping the bands would be darker some but then again it would look odd. Im glad you pointed that out yesterday.  That was pretty wild to see

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I didn't notice the shadow bands even though I was aware that they occur. I was too busy looking for the diamond ring and of course the shift to totality itself.

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42 minutes ago, eyewall said:

I didn't notice the shadow bands even though I was aware that they occur. I was too busy looking for the diamond ring and of course the shift to totality itself.

Yeah, I was so overwhelmed with the whole experience that I forgot to look for the shadow bands. I also neglected to notice the light at the horizons since, like you, I was fixated on the sun itself. I guess this is why you need to see more than one in your lifetime.

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I don't care I was dealing with consistent traffic jams the next 30 hours after it ended. I don't care I-81 tried to kill me several times. I don't care I had two hours of sleep on August 21st. I don't care my right foot and my neck are screaming in pain from all the driving.

What I saw over rolling hills of Vonore, Tennessee for two minutes was one of greatest sights I've ever seen in my young life... and I took incredible pictures of everything (Bailey's beads, diamond ring, the corona, etc.) with my full frame camera that I'll hang on wall of my apartment. What a day!

2 hours ago, Juliancolton said:

Yeah, I was so overwhelmed with the whole experience that I forgot to look for the shadow bands. I also neglected to notice the light at the horizons since, like you, I was fixated on the sun itself. I guess this is why you need to see more than one in your lifetime.

I also failed to look for the shadow bands, but it was worth it preparing myself for the diamond ring shot I captured. I also had a strategy to not be on my camera the whole time and I think I ended up taking the scene in for about 2/3 of the totality. 45 seconds was enough for couple brilliant shots. Horizon was incredible with sunset colors and Venus was the brightest I ever seen.

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I can't stop thinking back to the eclipse.  What an incredible experience.  Everything came together just right for us to see what we did.  So much could have gone wrong.  But it all went right and we got clear skies.  When I saw the cumulus clouds building I panicked and said well damn now I have to rely on a phenomena that I've only heard about.  I wasn't sure how true it was about the clouds subsiding.  That in its self was quite intriguing and they did just fall apart,  newr peak heating no less.  NRgjeff said it would happen and it sure did!  

 

Ill target Texas in 2024.  If I'm alive and here, I'll be chasing again.

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1 hour ago, LithiaWx said:

Ill target Texas in 2024.  If I'm alive and here, I'll be chasing again.

:lol:   I've already started planning :lol:   

 

Seriously though......it really was incredible :wub:    The whole day, hands down, was an experience that I'm grateful to have had ^_^  From seeing a gazillion butterflies and dragonflies to the wind picking up, temps dropping, air stabilizing,  the birds all going back to their beds, the ground seeming to move in one direction, Venus/Mars/Jupiter/Mercury/Stars and the total eclipse under a gorgeous 360deg view of a spectacular sunset, diamond rings, baileys beads, an atmospheric/troposphere glow that can't be described, the ground seeming to move in the opposite direction as it did before and the awestruckness ( I know this isn't a word :P )  of every single person who was there watching it yet there are no words to honestly describe it all :wub: 

 

On the way home I was escorted by a rainbow. Yes from Walterboro to Lady's Island there was always a rainbow to my east...lol. Then for the second time, an amazing sunset closed out the day. It was the perfect trifecta for a weather nerd  :lol: 

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I love reading everyone else's experiences in this thread, many of which mirror my own (like getting nervous about the clouds as it was underway, hoping like hell they'd dissipate as people said -- and then lo and behold, they vanished). So many things could've gone wrong, but didn't. Like LithiaWx said above, I'm still feeling that post-eclipse high.

Seem to be alone on this, but I actually didn't look at the total eclipse very long (only peaked at it a few times in the 38 seconds of totality at my location). Part of me wishes I gazed just a little longer and not missed some details in the corona. But for whatever reason I just had to keep looking around too, to take in the surroundings in the short time granted. It was so alien! The "sunset" in all directions, the yellowish-green glow over the ocean, the way the lighting rapidly dimmed over the crowded summer beach scene -- all called to me just as much as the eclipse itself did. I will never forget any of it.

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2 hours ago, Supercane said:

I love reading everyone else's experiences in this thread, many of which mirror my own (like getting nervous about the clouds as it was underway, hoping like hell they'd dissipate as people said -- and then lo and behold, they vanished). So many things could've gone wrong, but didn't. Like LithiaWx said above, I'm still feeling that post-eclipse high.

Seem to be alone on this, but I actually didn't look at the total eclipse very long (only peaked at it a few times in the 38 seconds of totality at my location). Part of me wishes I gazed just a little longer and not missed some details in the corona. But for whatever reason I just had to keep looking around too, to take in the surroundings in the short time granted. It was so alien! The "sunset" in all directions, the yellowish-green glow over the ocean, the way the lighting rapidly dimmed over the crowded summer beach scene -- all called to me just as much as the eclipse itself did. I will never forget any of it.

Dude it was so great.....nobody who hasn't experienced totality understands....you are in an elite group.....

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8 hours ago, Supercane said:

I love reading everyone else's experiences in this thread, many of which mirror my own (like getting nervous about the clouds as it was underway, hoping like hell they'd dissipate as people said -- and then lo and behold, they vanished). So many things could've gone wrong, but didn't. Like LithiaWx said above, I'm still feeling that post-eclipse high.

Seem to be alone on this, but I actually didn't look at the total eclipse very long (only peaked at it a few times in the 38 seconds of totality at my location). Part of me wishes I gazed just a little longer and not missed some details in the corona. But for whatever reason I just had to keep looking around too, to take in the surroundings in the short time granted. It was so alien! The "sunset" in all directions, the yellowish-green glow over the ocean, the way the lighting rapidly dimmed over the crowded summer beach scene -- all called to me just as much as the eclipse itself did. I will never forget any of it.

Agree in total.  Much of my time in totality I spent looking around as well.  I just couldn't help it.  All these new "alien" things to take in all the sudden.  I'm hooked like most of you folks who got to see it.  

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It's rare in life that something exceeds your expectations. This for sure lived up to the hype. One of the coolest events I have ever experienced.

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The trade off for the Corona being too bright in my shots is the star Regulus makes an appearance. I can't remember the exact orientation of my camera when I pointed up but I seem to remember a tail of the Corona pointing to the lower left when viewing with the naked eye. If that is the case this photo should be rotated a bit left. Either way here you go:
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Venus graced the clear sky this morning. Of course I reflected on Totality at my first sighting of Venus since. 

19 hours ago, LithiaWx said:

I can't stop thinking back to the eclipse.  What an incredible experience.  Everything came together just right for us to see what we did.  So much could have gone wrong.  But it all went right and we got clear skies.  When I saw the cumulus clouds building I panicked and said well damn now I have to rely on a phenomena that I've only heard about.  I wasn't sure how true it was about the clouds subsiding.  That in its self was quite intriguing and they did just fall apart,  newr peak heating no less.  NRgjeff said it would happen and it sure did!  Ill target Texas in 2024.  If I'm alive and here, I'll be chasing again.

I was getting antsy about the small Cu lingering about 1:45, after steady shrinking from 1:20 that seemed to be slowing, but by 2:00 they were evaporating. 100% clear by 2:10 I was shouting, we're rockin' no problem!

14 hours ago, Supercane said:

..Seem to be alone on this, but I actually didn't look at the total eclipse very long (only peaked at it a few times in the 38 seconds of totality at my location). Part of me wishes I gazed just a little longer and not missed some details in the corona. But for whatever reason I just had to keep looking around too, to take in the surroundings in the short time granted. It was so alien! The "sunset" in all directions, the yellowish-green glow over the ocean, the way the lighting rapidly dimmed over the crowded summer beach scene -- all called to me just as much as the eclipse itself did. I will never forget any of it.

No worries about looking around. It is exactly what we should do. Read somewhere a psychologist / memory expert believes it stores best in our long-term memory at 8 second looks. Seems short to me, I'd think 10-20 seconds is optimal, but I agree staring creates diminishing returns after 30-45 seconds. I wish I'd done more 10-20 second stares but I was overwhelmed like everybody else.

That is OK. Dry run for 2024. We will have 4 minutes to work with then!

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