Don’t wreck your car during the eclipse (and other advice)

More excellent advice from Stella as we get ready for the eclipse. Be prepared, be safe. Please take time to read her post for some excellent tips .

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First of all, if you decide to just stay home, there will be extensive television and cyber coverage:

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59 Responses to Don’t wreck your car during the eclipse (and other advice)

  1. Menagerie says:

    Thanks to Stella who has taken the time to do a lot of work to give us all good advice for safety during the eclipse.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Thank you Ms.Stella!!!

      Liked by 5 people

      • JAS says:

        Heading to Charleston tomorrow at 5:00am. The chances of seeing it there are 50% and I had to make the reservations in March!

        But hey, if I stay home the chances of seeing it drop to 0% 🙂 Wife and I will have a blast anyways – all dinner reservations already made and a great hotel. Taking a 1350mm telescope and other stuff with two tripods and two cameras. Fingers crossed!

        DO NOT LOOK AT IT until full eclipse unless you have major eye protection. And it will burn your iPhone photo chip too if you shoot it too often.


  2. Mustang4176 says:

    Cheers Stella.
    Here’s my pic from a 2012 partial eclipse taken from Palm Springs, Ca. Even a partial can be impressive. Nikon D300s @ 200mm with #9ND filter.
    Enjoy the event

    2012 Solar eclipse 012

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  3. Blue Moon says:

    our town is right in the middle of it and they are expecting so much traffic that all interstates, parkways, main roads will be clogged and at a standstill. We were invited to a nieces home for a party (about 30 miles from home) and I told her no way, no how. I have our glasses and a big wide open field in front of my home to view it. We are staying home-North Kentucky will be coming our way Monday!

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  4. Minnie says:

    Thank you Stella and Sundance for this helpful info and the resources.

    Better to be safe than sorry.

    I will share with the boys 👍

    Liked by 2 people

  5. bullnuke says:

    Thanks for the article. It will definitely be a once in a lifetime event to experience the totality of the event. Schools staring on Tuesday instead of Monday because of this. Lots of people expected to be in town. Should be an exciting afternoon in Columbia, SC. Hope people aren’t foolish enough to look directly at the eclipse.


  6. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Astronomy is my passion….

    I’m driving down from BC on Sunday, and aim to be in the middle of nowhere/Oregon by 3am-ish Monday…..identified a few choice spots miles from civilization…hoping 10’000 other people haven’t done the same thing 🙂

    Taking my telescope and cameras to hopefully capture totality and the sun’s corona…

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    • Minnie says:

      Have fun, be safe and please do consider sharing your pix here in the Treehouse.


    • andyocoregon says:

      Expect huge traffic jams in the middle of nowhere. They’re expecting up to one million tourists to come to Oregon and most of them are heading for sunny Central Oregon.


      • Joyful Noise says:

        I live in the middle of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Gas stations are already running out of fuel to sell. Businesses are having trouble processing debit/credit cards. They were telling us it was due to so many people coming in. I don’t know if that’s what’s going on. I haven’t noticed anymore traffic yet, but it’s probably coming!


    • Indimex says:

      You’re too late! I’m just NW of Maddress in the CRG, and it’s already a packed house. All of the “choice spots” have been chosen. I wish you the best!


  7. Deplorable Canuck says:

    I did see an admittedly funny meme….

    ‘Please God give us a sign to Impeach Trump… blocking out the sun during the day….or sonething’

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    • Ploni says:

      “Please G-d, give us a sign of the beginning of Your destruction of all those who hate You . . . like blocking out the sun during the 21st of August this year.” 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Neural says:

    I think for the entire hour or so surrounding the time of the Eclipse, I’m just going to stay off the road.


  9. Evelyn says:

    Next week, starting with the massive Trump rally/pardon of Sheriff Arpaio/primary victory of Kelli Ward: this will go down in history as the Eclipse of MAGA as far as I’m concerned. The night the Globalists bit the dust.

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  10. Michael says:

    Don’t play with razor blades during a solar eclipse..


  11. Last *Total* Eclipse, I seen, I was alil Tyke, was March 7, 1970, as It passed over N. America..
    (Ft. Bragg).. I also Observed a “Partial” Eclipse a Here on the Coast in Early Oct. A few years back, (at Sunrise).. I got a few pics from this, very, VERY cool watching the Sun Rise above the Sea,, “Partially” covered..
    Picture of the path here–>(1970)

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  12. jbrickley says:

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  13. andyocoregon says:

    What amazes me are all the silly eclipse travelers who are paying huge amounts of money just to view a two minute experience. Here in Oregon, people with ranches are charging $1,500 for a weekend of dry camping and people are paying it! One car rental company at the Portland airport is charging $850 per day for a rental car and they’re sold out!

    The safest and longest lasting way to view the eclipse is by watching the evening news or going online to see videos taken through darkened lens. Otherwise one can just look to the sky any evening and watch as the sun sets and darkness approaches. Granted, it’s slower than an eclipse, but the end result is the same.

    P.T. Barnum was quoted as having said, “There’s a sucker born every minute” and it’s still true today.

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  14. Homesteader says:

    I wouldn’t tune in to CNN if they were broadcasting the Second Coming.

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  16. amwick says:

    Here in Northeast Georgia.. well,,, husband and I walked up and down our driveway,, we don’t have to go anywhere.. Nope,, it is nice right here. We have the ISO approved glasses..I found an article about photography.
    This morning I was at a thrift shop and almost bought a fancy digital canon with all bunch of lenses.. but $50 seemed a lot to spend on a used camera..
    Most people that live here plan to shelter in place.. Most have already bought groceries and filled the car. We bumped into an off duty trooper at the lake and he said he is getting a bunch of overtime for working Monday, so he was happy..
    I just want to see stars… that is my wish… the stars… 🙂 One other thing,,, this reminds me of a favorite song… about Halley’s comet… When Halley Came to Jackson in 1910…


  17. I’ll be stayin’ at home that day. I live about 100 miles north from Carbondale so I think I’m in the +90% coverage area… that’s good enough for me! 😉

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    • Trish in Southern Illinois says:

      I live 25 north of carbondale….just came from the E.R. there this evening….parking lots are roped off all over and i saw oceans of porto potties everywhere. Got out before they started closing down roads. Cops everywhere. Students are moving into town (SIU) and so are the eclipse travelers….
      3 day concert starts tomorrow and Ozzy Osborne is supposed to start his set during the peak of the eclipse…Moonfest!
      I’ll be able to see full eclipse from home. I’m curious to see if the cicadas stop making noise and if the birds cease chirping.

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  18. I will be at home; working from home. Will experience 98.6% coverage. Just was able to buy a pair of the eclipse glasses and I got price gauged by the Ace Hardware store. I paid close to $9 for what was selling for $1 less than a week ago and handed out for free by the libraries. Unfortunately, I did not make it in time to get any of these. And there was a long line at the Ace Hardware store and the glasses had just arrived. Oh, well, I really wanted to be safe and be able to look up at some point. Although I will be working, I can pop outdoors once in a while to check it out….I can see the sun from where I live so no need to go anywhere.


  19. sunnydaze says:

    You can stand with your back to the sun, and look between leaf shadows, etc. to see eclipse images. I’m looking for the best spot over the next few days:


  20. nimrodman says:

    Please engage in safe eclipse, and keep in mind that a loin cloth is perfectly acceptable viewing attire


    • Jacqueline Taylor Robson says:

      LOL! My DH went to work this morning, and on his way out, he said “Be careful if you decide to run around out there naked, use your mosquito repellant!” He knows I’m 1/4 Sioux Indian.


  21. Patriot1783 says:

    This is prime time delivery of students to southern colleges…if traveling by car make sure you have a full tank of gas as I have heard reports of stations in eclipse pathway are having shortages.


  22. Vankoo says:

    Got to be in the center of the path of totality 2:38 mins of awesome! words can’t do it justice. There were about 2-300 people where we were. When it started people cheered and clapped..then went silent in awe.

    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
    Ps 19:1

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