I went to Shenandoah with the family and wife's mother and FIL. Only about 85% eclipse over there, but at least there wasn't much traffic. Managed to get the Bolt charged up at the visitor center's 1 charging station while hanging out for the eclipse. Meanwhile, the Volt was burning the dino juice....and evidently picking up a razor blade in the right rear. Doh!I took my volt to Golconda, IL to see totality. Getting there wasn't any problem, but getting out was a nightmare. The small highways were moving along, but every time we approached a small town with a stop sign or stop light, traffic backed up for miles. My 4 hour one-way trip home became a 7 hour adventure without any stops to recharge the battery (I did refuel multiple times just to make sure we didn't run out of gas - there were news articles prior to the eclipse predicting fuel shortages near totality, but every place we stopped had fuel)
Next total eclipse to cross my parts is in Sep....2099. I won't have to go far for that one! Just 6 feet up.I figured I'd post my totality pic here. It's not great, I didn't research what the best techniques were for the DSLR to get a good image, so the camera overexposed the crown around the moon. But it's all I've got. I should done some research ahead of time on this, but our decision to go was a last minute thing. I'll be ready in 2024.
Having seen this with my own eyes, live, I highly recommend everyone take the trek to see a total eclipse in their lifetime. It wasn't just the moon blocking the sun, but also the 360 degree sunset feeling on the ground, and the birds stopping their chirping while the cicadas starting that made it surreal.
I'm planning to be around Indy for the 2024 one. See you there.Next total eclipse to cross my parts is in Sep....2099. I won't have to go far for that one! Just 6 feet up.
But seriously, I think I'm gonna go somewhere that experiences totality for the 2024 eclipse.
Hotels don't book that far in advance as you never know if some hotel chain buys an older hotel from another chain. I'd book in 2023 and look for a hotel that is just getting built scheduled for completion 6 months before eclipse arrival. I was able to get an awesome Hampton Inn hotel in Boston for my daughter's graduation ceremony two years ago because it wasn't listed on any of the travel sites yet. I found it in a the specific hotel's website under "Opening soon" 3 months before they opened, 6 months before her graduation.All the hotels are probably booked for 2024. I should book a hotel in 2099 for my great grandchildren.
Well, maybe people figured that at least they didn't have to worry about chargers running out of electricity.I'm a little surprised people would drive an EV into the zone of totality, knowing they would need to recharge. There were plenty of predictions of record crowds, gasoline shortages, etc. It was a good time to take the other car.
Agreed. Distances between anywhere + cold winters + truck/SUV platform= ICE.As for the lines at the Superchargers, I had no lines at any of the three Shell stations I stopped at. As I posted in yesterday's lead story, ICE remains king in middle America when it comes to transportation.
Looking on the Web, I think what I assumed was a star is actually the planet Mercury - I didn't have a wide enough field of view to see Jupiter way off to the left and Venus way off to the right.GJM3 : Outstanding photo! I was hoping to get something like that myself, but, unbelievably, I broke my camera's shutter putting film in it just before the eclipse started. "This can't be happening"
The planet Venus was very bright but couldn't see any other objects with the naked eye.
I wish I looked up some camera settings before I departed for my totality viewing. I have a 60D with a similar lens (except no IS). My kids misplaced the tripod mount so I had a tripod and no way to use it, so mine is handheld. I tried to compensate with a 1/200 sec exposure, but I think my ISO was set to Auto which overexposed it.Looking on the Web, I think what I assumed was a star is actually the planet Mercury - I didn't have a wide enough field of view to see Jupiter way off to the left and Venus way off to the right.
Sorry to hear about your camera problem at the critical moment - my film camera is in the closet gathering dust! I used a digital SLR - Canon 70D - to take the shot. It was hand-hand using a Canon EF 70-300mm IS II nano USM lens (with autofocus and image stabilization on) set to full zoom (480mm equivalent on an APS-C camera) at ISO 800, f/5.6 and 1/90 sec exposure. Isn't image stabilization wonderful?!
I practiced beforehand shooting the moon and found that, at 1/90 second and above with image stabilization, the results were the same with or without a tripod. I wish I had taken pictures of lower exposure to perhaps see some solar flares. I guess there is always April 8th, 2024 ...I wish I looked up some camera settings before I departed for my totality viewing. I have a 60D with a similar lens (except no IS). My kids misplaced the tripod mount so I had a tripod and no way to use it, so mine is handheld. I tried to compensate with a 1/200 sec exposure, but I think my ISO was set to Auto which overexposed it.