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Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:26 pm
by christianrock
So I took the day off and we drove less than a couple of hours north to one of those cities with two names (McCaysville/GA and Coppertown/TN) as the state border runs right in the middle of it... and had a great time.

I decided not to take any pictures, don't have a long lens (300mm is my longest, not long enough for this), and even if I had, I didn't have the proper filter for it... so I went to just enjoy it.

But see, my son has the little point and shoot with a somewhat long zoom that I gave him last Christmas and he took it with him, and he was having a hard time taking pictures with it... so I helped him out. Of course, they were taken with his cameras, so they're *his* pictures ;)

Not going to win any awards but I was there. My only regret is that I didn't get to buy the "I WAS MOONED!!" t-shirt they had for sale at the city park event, before they ran out.

Through the eclipse "glasses" which seemed like it was made on purpose for the little camera's front element!

Image.partial eclipse by ChristianRock, on Flickr

This required no filter. During the total phase of the eclipse (1m36s where we were) you can look at the sun directly. Everything is dark. The ducks and geese in the river area where we were, all went to the side of the river, and bundled up and went to sleep. So this is the "Corona" shot.

ImageTotal Eclipse by ChristianRock, on Flickr

And I wasn't too successful at the "Diamond Ring" phase but got something sort of artistic instead.

ImageDiamond RIng by ChristianRock, on Flickr

Now I can say I've seen a total eclipse in my lifetime. On the way there we prayed for clear skies (it was supposed to be a bit cloudy) and it was perfectly clear, thank God. We left minutes after it ended, and during the drive home everything became overcast.

Good times, good times.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 2:46 pm
by ElectricPuppy
Neat! :cool:

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:08 pm
by MetroSonus
That is amazing! I need a regular camera. the phone is fine, but all of the distant photos look horrible, tiny out of scale..

Much Jelly!

We sat out in the drive way and watched through glasses we got at the planetarium on our trip a few weeks ago. I should have cooked out.. the weather was nice since 84% of the sun was blocked from here :lol:

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:41 pm
by gregwar
that corona shot is awesum!

it was pretty overcast here but i snagged a shot on my iphone

(yay 10x zoom)

https://instagram.com/p/BYELJh3gnk3/

the clouds helped a bit cause then i could see what was going on (no glasses)

when the clouds passed it was super bright lol so i couldn't hack it for my whole lunch break. we were a bit off the "total" eclipse path cause, you know, north is in the north

also, fyi, it's spelled l'éclipse in french

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 4:45 pm
by ElectricPuppy
Here in socal, we're pretty far off the path of totality, only had like 60% coverage. It kinda dimmed the day slightly, but that was about it. :lol: Had the entire office outside staring at the sun, though.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:12 pm
by ClavAnother
Cool CR

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 5:35 pm
by selfinflikted
MetroSonus wrote:That is amazing! I need a regular camera. the phone is fine, but all of the distant photos look horrible, tiny out of scale..

Much Jelly!

We sat out in the drive way and watched through glasses we got at the planetarium on our trip a few weeks ago. I should have cooked out.. the weather was nice since 84% of the sun was blocked from here :lol:


EclipseSteaks™

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:02 pm
by christianrock
Apparently it's L'éclipse steaks

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:18 pm
by ElectricPuppy
christianrock wrote:Apparently it's L'éclipse steaks


L'éclipstaques?

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:52 pm
by christianrock
Yes please.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:11 pm
by ClavAnother
What’s the most famous painting of an eclipse? (The Moona Lisa!)
What did the sun bring to the solar eclipse party? (A light snack!)
How does the man in the moon cut his hair? (Eclipse it!)
What did the sun say when it reappeared after an eclipse? (Pleased to heat you again!)
What kind of underwear should you wear during an eclipse? (Fruit of the Moon!)
How do you organize a solar eclipse party? (You planet!)
Why didn’t the sun go to college? (It already had a million degrees!)
Have you heard about the restaurant on the moon? (Great food, but no atmosphere!)
Why did the teacher bring solar eclipse glasses to school? (She had bright students!)

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 7:12 pm
by ClavAnother
:facepalm: man that's horrible

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:01 pm
by ElectricPuppy
:facepalm:

Image

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:06 pm
by christianrock
What do you call it when people fell in love on Aug. 21, 2017?

A total eclipse of the heart.

What do you call road-tripping to the eclipse?

Going where the sun don't shine.

What did the moon bring to the beach on Aug. 21?

Sunblock.

Boy: Dad, can you tell me what an eclipse is?

Dad: No sun.

Image

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 8:50 pm
by Plink Floyd
I went to southern Illinois for it. I have a niece that lives in the boons about twenty miles east of Carbondale. Fantastic private experience, would view again!

CR, ur happysnaps are just as good as the ones I took with my DSLR. I used a 300mm lens with a 2X doubler, so multiply that times APS-C = 900mm. I also sent off for a sheet of The Correct Filmy Filter Stuff from a Reputable Photo-Astronomy Place. For the cam I cut a slice that fit my Cokin gel holder, and also cut out two circles which I bunged onto the front of my binocs. Both worked very well.

I got a reasonably good raw HD video of the whole event, but the best part of the movie is the audio of everyone's reactions. And some chicken noises. They didn't like it.

The traffic jam afterward was most truly astronomical.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:24 pm
by MetroSonus
Stupid chickens

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:25 pm
by christianrock
Pics or it didn't happen. I can say that :grin:

I think my our little point and shoot's equivalence in the long end is 500mm, so not quite up to what you were able to do, Plink.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:41 pm
by soundwave106
I just got back home from the "eclipse trip". We have relatives on Kentucky Lake (Land Between the Lakes area, KY) so we had a great private vantage point of the eclipse. After that, we battled through traffic and crowds to see Mammoth Cave, because it's close enough so why not? (Traffic, that's "why not". But it was neat to see anyways despite being super-busy.)

I also understand that we have some relatives up in the totality path seven years from now (in Vincennes Indiana) so we'll probably be doing another private gathering-of-the-relatives then. It'll probably be a shorter trip, because there's not a whole lot of notable things in Indiana. :grin:

Total eclipses definitely are much more impressive than partial ones, in my opinion. Pictures don't really do it justice. The sun looks pretty wild during totality. Plus you get that weird sunset-but-not-sunset lighting, and the animals (crickets, birds, etc.) getting confused.

From the viewfinder it looks like some of the pictures I took came out good, but I'll have to see. I used a Canon EF 100-400mm on max (with APS-C so about 650mm equivalent).

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:59 pm
by ClavAnother
Mammoth cave. Pretty cool place.

Re: Le Eclipse

PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:10 pm
by Purity_Control
ClavAnother wrote::facepalm: man that's horrible


You're right, those are some of the worst jokes ever! :facepalm:

No eclipse for us in the UK!