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 on: Yesterday at 12:40:19 AM 
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During the total eclipse, I glanced quickly at the sun twice with no eye protection (and lived to tell about it).

I took a picture of it, but it came out distorted (first photo), so I photoshopped the picture to show it like I saw it (second photo).
It was a totally black disk the size of the moon, with a fiery halo around it.
Very surreal effect; I have never seen anything like it.

 on: Yesterday at 12:02:00 AM 
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Here are four photos for comparison.

The first photo on the left was before the eclipse began.

The next photo was perhaps 5 minutes before the full eclipse, and it was still light outside, but an odd sort of dingy light, almost like having rose colored glasses on, and the shadows and reflections were not nearly as pronounced as full sunlight.

The third photo from the left was about 1 second before it seemed like someone switched the lights off suddenly.

The last photo shows the total eclipse, which was fairly dark, with twilight fringes and red colors on the horizon.

 on: August 21, 2017, 11:44:23 PM 
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I did a double take when this car pulled into the lot.

I asked my wife "Is that what I think it is?".

She had no clue.

There is one listed online right now for $79,900.00.

 on: August 21, 2017, 11:38:00 PM 
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The eclipse was very dramatic.

I was a very bright sunny day, and then it got a little less bright sort of like a partly cloudy day, and then like somebody turned a light switch, it was dark.
The crowd let out a very audible gasp when it suddenly went dark.

The darkness lasted over 2 minutes.
The temperature dropped at least 10 degrees, perhaps more.

Well worth the 4 hr drive.

Quite a celestial show.

 on: August 21, 2017, 07:49:53 PM 
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I thought it was really cool.
Very sudden.
Photos at 1o

 on: August 21, 2017, 06:17:20 PM 
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same amount of time here also, It was almost fully covered here. It just kept getting darker and darker here like it was just going to storm, which there wasnt many clouds in the sky for most of it. I didnt buy any "special" glasses or anything, I just went out and stuck my autodarkening welding helmet on and that worked fine on #9 setting.

I honestly rather have just had it rain, at least with the rain, we can get a break from this stupid heat...

 on: August 21, 2017, 11:38:43 AM 
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We are in Makanda IL waiting on the eclipse.
We should have about 2 min 30 seconds of total eclipse.

 on: August 19, 2017, 03:13:10 PM 
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The die filer and gingery lathe have been on the queue for the last 2-3 years now, and the castings have honestly just been sitting in our basement except the little odd bits with the gingery lathe, which I just finished some of the smaller bits in the recent casting sessions. I finally started getting some steel and brass for the projects, so it's getting time to just finish it already, lol.

 on: August 19, 2017, 10:20:28 AM 
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We are three hours from the path of the eclipse that will occur Monday, and contemplating driving over to see a full eclipse.

Not sure about the traffic; it is reported to perhaps be very bad in this region.
Also reports of roads overloaded with traffic, and gas at many gas stations running out.

The weather looks to be very good Monday.

Perhaps we will leave Sunday if we decide to go, and just camp out in the minivan.

Should be interesting if we go.

 on: August 19, 2017, 08:44:25 AM 
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I am glad I am not the only one with a seemingly endless list of things to do/build.

My wife tells me "Every chance you get, go faster !"
Easier said than done though.

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