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      Last Summer's Eclipse

      WELL! I can't believe I never posted anything here of my experience with the eclipse last summer!

      Let me just say it was the most incredible natural phenomenon I have ever witnessed. I have seen many a partial eclipse, and even an annular eclipse, but they are nothing compared to the moment the sun completely disappears behind the Moon. Then you are left with this eerie, other-worldly glowing black hole in the sky.

      Not only was it amazing to witness, but incredible how it all came together. I knew of this eclipse since I was a child (10ish?), so I have been waiting some 35 years to see it. The last 5 years, I have watched it approach and planned to come down to see it. The path of totality was about an hour and a half north of my parent's place in N. GA, so getting to the area wasn't going to be hard. finding a place in that 70-mile wide path shouldn't be so bad, right? Not knowing anyone in the area, I figured I would drive until I found a country road where I could pull over and watch it with the wife and kids.

      Then, back in July, my aunt emailed me to invite me to join the family at the Airstream park she is a member of for a Manly Eclipse Party. Cool, but how good a place is this? I started researching and discovered they were a mere 4 miles from the very center of the path of totality! Keep in mind that at the very edge of that 70-mile wide path, totality would only last about a second, but at the center, it would be 2 min and 40 seconds. At the family gathering site, we would be 1 second off of max!

      In the 35 years of waiting for this event, I never imagined I would get to watch this with my family (wife, kids, parents, a sister, aunt, and many cousins).

      And the weather? Many people chose to watch this in the Western US to better their chances of clear skies. The East had more likelihood of clouds to blot out the event. Indeed, we were near Crossville, TN, and we found out the next day that just a couple hours West, in Nashville, some 8,000 people were gathered at the Science Center to watch this event. Seconds before totality, the clouds rolled in and the city missed totality entirely.

      We had clouds, but rather than get in the way, they added to my photography.

      Oh! And the photography! In my preparations, I bought an expensive filter for my camera that turned out to be the wrong thing for it. I realized this the week before as I discussed this with my cousin's husband (who happens to have the same camera and lens I do). He had bought some mirrored mylar film to use over his lens hood. Cheap and easy and effective. But at less than a week before the event, it was too late for me to grab the same.

      But upon arriving at the Airstream park, I discovered my aunt had grabbed enough viewing glasses for each family member (25) to get 2! And my cousin's husband had extra film he let me have!

      Here are a few pictures I took of the event.









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      As we set up for the eclipse, my I decided I would video the onset of totality and get photos later.

      The onset is the most thrilling, and you get a sense of the excitement in the video.

      And as far as photos go, exiting totality works just as good as entering it.

      It worked.

      Here is my video:


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      We are in the path of totality also. It was an amazing thing to witness for sure!

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      AWESOME!
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      Stunning to say the least! Thank you for sharing ManlyMan7! Vid and photos are spectacular!
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      Great shots!

      Sadly, even though I live within the path of the totality, clouds obscured most of the eclipse. (It was raining during the totality, so it just looked similar to an overcast sky beneath a full moon.)

      I want to travel to see the next total solar eclipse (in the U.S.) on April 8, 2024.
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      Great shots and video! Here in Missouri, I was very close to the line of maximum totality. It was cloudy, but seemed to clear up just in time. And I swear, no matter how good the pictures I see, they are never even close to what I saw with my own eyes. The corona was amazing!!!

      Thanks for taking me back to that day.

      The next Eclipse is going to be amazing, with an even longer totality.
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      I couldn't agree more KJ. I remember looking up at this hole in the sky with a brilliantly streaming halo around it thinking how unreal it looked.

      It was truly the most exciting and amazing natural phenomenon I have ever witnessed. Well worth the 35-year wait.

      And to watch this as a family event was incredible. My wife and kids, my parents and a sister, my aunt, and many cousins. It was an event of a lifetime.

      But how quickly totality was over!

      Still, when my cousin's husband and I began pouring over the RAW images on our cameras, we were like school children in a candy store. We got what we were after and couldn't believe it.

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      Some shots of the family eclipse party.










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