Eclipse chasers don’t like to use the C-word, but they do have to consider the possibility, of course. If it’s cloudy, you won’t see what you will see if it’s clear – simple as that.
For those in the path:
If the sky is completely overcast, it will get … Read More »
ONLY if you have a special solar filter that fits over the end of the scope (not at the eyepiece!), AND you know how to use it! Those are about $200 each, so you should know whether you have one or not!
Ditto for binoculars – if you bring … Read More »
Unless you have special solar filters for your camera and telescope, you can’t even set up for pictures like this – the heat of the sun will melt your lenses (not to mention your eyes)!
If you want to pull out a point and shoot during totality, be advised that … Read More »
This is a biggie. You CANNOT look at the Sun while ANY PART of its bright disk is still visible. The moon does cover quite a bit of it during the partial phases leading up to totality, but you HAVE to use special solar viewing glasses (also called “eclipse … Read More »
Technically, you’ll be able to see totality from anywhere in the path.
The closer you are to the center of the path, the longer totality will be for you. If … Read More »
Animals will be scared senseless by the eclipse, and you will want to be enjoying it instead of trying to calm your crazed critters. Everyone around you will not want to be bothered by your animals either, so please leave them at home. Again, you have to take … Read More »
Get them out of school. The school will probably not let them watch it anyway, due to liability concerns, and you as their parent are their first and best teacher. Get yourself out of work, and get them out of school. Get to the path, make a long weekend … Read More »
Rules will be set up by each community’s security officials and governments. But if you want to get into an official viewing area, you should be able to.
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You bet. There are literally thousands of people from all over the world who chase these things, every eclipse, no matter where. They go to the deserts of Mongolia, to cruise ships in the South Pacific, to remote areas of Indonesia, Angola, Australia, and even the Antarctic to catch … Read More »
At www.eclipse2017.org, we will have the locations of all the official viewing areas that have been set up by the local communities in the path. Hopefully there will be a lot of these, and they will be set up with security and eclipse viewing glasses so you can safely … Read More »