This Eclipse Thing...

Almighty Ed

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So I've been wondering... Why is Carbondale getting all the eclipse hype? Could it be that city is THE best place to view it? What the hell? Why? So I looked it up. Simple answer, no, it isn't. It just has the most number of hippies per capita and most amount of people who don't have a job! And just south of C'dale will be slightly better. Actually, anywhere in So. Illinois in a line from Chester to Golconda will be the best spots, i.e. "duration of total eclipse". You can see the same damn thing from Dixon Springs as you can from Carbondale and not have to deal with "special people" in traffic. Sounds like a trap to me!

But here's some real info. The further north or south you get from the path of totality, the less duration of eclipse you'll get. And it shrinks pretty fast. Golconda 2:40 minutes ~ Eldorado 1:18. Makanda 2:40 mins ~ Mounds 1:19. So about 20 miles from the center line of totality loses almost a minute of duration.

Anyways, here's a map to view your eclipsical happenings. Green pin= longest duration.
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And BTW, for the hiker types... Panthers Den will be THE best place(barring trees) to view the eclipse in Illinois. A spot in Kentucky will have the darkest eclipse but the Den will have the longest!

*Estimated eclipse duration times for your town- Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Cities in the Path of Totality

*Interactive google map to view other areas. USA - 2017 August 21 Total Solar Eclipse - Interactive Google Map - Xavier Jubier Get your eclipse glasses ready!
 

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Can you imagine the parking lot at Panther's den? Imagine GotG if people go there... I've seen that whole parking lot packed during a cold day, let along the eclipse LOL
 

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I know a few spots that would be perfect and within a mile or so of the optimal viewing blue line. I guarantee nobody else will be there. I seriously doubt I'll have the day off but if I do I'll be in my Jeep in Pope!

The eclipse from Trigg Tower would be cool but probably have others there as well.
 

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I am thinking the powerline just above Stoneface will be a good spot for me to watch it. Kinda doubt it will be crowded. Its a little ways from the optimal line but its close to the house!
 

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I am thinking the powerline just above Stoneface will be a good spot for me to watch it. Kinda doubt it will be crowded. Its a little ways from the optimal line but its close to the house!
The slick rocks by Rib Wrencher would be optimal!

P.S. I almost got my bike out last weekend. Almost.
 

MIKEB

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How far of a walk is it from Dixon Springs to get there?

Get your bike out...i have been dying to go ride! I was planning to ride my road bike this weekend but it was windy and i was busy with random stuff.
 

Almighty Ed

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How far of a walk is it from Dixon Springs to get there?

Get your bike out...i have been dying to go ride! I was planning to ride my road bike this weekend but it was windy and i was busy with random stuff.
Not far at all. Maybe a 1/2 mile. But hell just for an eclipse I'd be more inclined to watch from the campgrounds there or the levy at Lake Glendale or somewhere else close to life saving ac. It's gonna be mid day in August so most likely sweltering.
 

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I'm seriously considering coming up for this. It would be a good time to meet people, revisit the Shawnee and experience some cosmic history. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread
 

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I'll be celebrating it :D I've saved a call-in day just for it lol. I'll be seeing it from Shawnee most likely, somewhere deep in the forest where there is some bluffage to get on. Most of your huge crowd is going to be popular places like Garden of the Gods, Giant City and Carbondale. I'm going to try and stay away from all of that. Get somewhere where you have to trek a few miles on a horse trail or something like that, chances are, most of the visitors will be far away from you.