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Solar Eclipse May 20

Started by Duskrider, May 17, 2012, 15:54:25 PM

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sybershot

Sorry to hear that your projector failed. Sounds like you did not let it ruin your party though  :thumbsup:

DaveMorton

I ended up doing what several people had suggested strongly that I NOT do, and that's to tape a lens from a pair of eclipse glasses over the camera's lens, and I'm glad to say that it worked perfectly. There were other challenges, such as a tripod that didn't cooperate when I had to reposition the camera to follow the Sun's path, and a gust of wind that tried to steal the pavilion we were using for shade, but these were minor glitches.

I'm still working on the video upload, and I expect it will take me most of the rest of the day to complete it. I shot nearly 3 hours of video, and the resulting AVI files were over 25GB in size! And that's just from one camera, and I used 2! :o It's going to take me a while to reduce it all down to something that I can upload to YouTube, I'm afraid, and I still have to figure out how to add a voice-over and such. I'm plugging away at it, though, and I'll post a link here as soon as I get it done.
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Data

Good god, that's going to take some computer time to convert that lot  :o

Best of luck Dave, I hope it all goes well the first time  :thumbsup:


EDIT:
Looking forward to the results too.

DaveMorton

By the time I get the results completed, I won't have any hair left! :headbang:

It, sadly, didn't go well the first time. :(

Or the second... :'(

Luckily, I saved my work prior to the second crash, so hopefully I won't have to re-do the whole thing again. I'll keep you posted.
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Snowcrash

Sounds like you have plenty of work. Good luck.

Found this pic...

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Snowcrash

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

DaveMorton

I'm uploading the video to YouTube as I type, but it's a large video (about 600MB), so it's going to take about 25 minutes to fully upload. I'll post the link ASAP. :)
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DaveMorton

Well, I guess it was TOO big. I'm going to have to trim a full third of the video, and try it again, from the looks of it.
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DaveMorton

Ok, after much frustration, and some excessive editing, I've finally got the video uploaded! :waveJump:



Sadly, Snowy, I didn't have the equipment necessary to produce images or video of the quality that would compare with what you've found. :( But, all in all, I like the results of my efforts. :)
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GT40


Great movie. Fantastic actor. Thank you so much.  :thumbsup:


DaveMorton

Quote from: GT40 on May 23, 2012, 13:43:47 PM

Great movie. Fantastic actor. Thank you so much.  :thumbsup:



Thanks, GT, but I'm not so sure about the "fantastic actor" part. The most frequently used word, by far, was "um". :)
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Data

Fantastic actor,  :LOL: GT.

You did well there Dave, very nice video.  :sign-great-job:

Probably a tough question to answer but how dark did it go during totality?     

DaveMorton

Even with the moon covering about 94% of the sun, and with a faint, thin cloud covering it, the level of light reaching us never dropped below 75% (it seemed to me, at least). The temperature dropped by about 12-15 degrees Celsius, though.
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Diesel

Truly astounding Dave, bearing in mind all that life has thrown at you lately. Sod's Law, the inevitable, even Gravity had a go. Well done.  :worship:
It WILL be fine !...

DaveMorton

By the way, I'm giving you all fair warning. There's going to be a TOTAL eclipse on August 21st, 2017, with both the center of the path of totality, AND the point of greatest eclipse situated within a few miles of my Niece's home in Kentucky, and I'm officially inviting you all to come. I would love to travel to England, to see one, but you lot are out of luck for a total or annular eclipse till February 5th, 2437! :o Sorry to say it, but sucks to be you. :(

BTW, you can check that out for yourselves by visiting http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/JSEX/JSEX-EU.html
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