SOLAR and LUNAR ECLIPSES : Part 6
“The WHERE to GO” ECLIPSE QUIZ
Get a piece of paper (or just print this page) and write down your responses to the following questions. This will RATE your observational options in importance for you, and will assist finding some site within the area of totality. Like most of us ALL of these are likely to be wanted, but many amateurs usual have specific goals to achieve. This is obviously easier if you have seen an eclipse before, but if you haven’t, then I suggest you talk to someone who has and make your general decision from their advice.
You can check the boxes on this page, selecting only ONE choice
per line. Unfortunately, I’m not smart
enough to make it do the calculation for you (perhaps when I finish
the projects I’m working on!) but you
can use this to do the calculations. This is in PART 1, is below the
Table which has been placed out of view (In case you are influenced
by this). You can also add the value in the alphanumeric check boxes
for each part, though these do not automatically add up
(unfortunately) or you.
For each Must See, Be or Have box that you ticked for (a),
(c), (e), (g), (i) add 2 points.
(30 to 25) You are obviously a serious eclipse addict and should already know where you should go! You can achieve all of this at the places of x around 0.6 to the “Suicide point” at 1.00. However, you will have to be very organised and really focussed to what you wan to achieve. I would suggest some decent practice and some extensive planned “dummy runs” beforehand!
(25 to 20) You obviously like action and other phenomena than what is seen at the centre line. A recommended place to see what you want is nearer the limit when x is between 0.7 to 0.9. You will still see enough totality to brag to all your friends about it, and show them your best exciting events. Watch their mouths drop when you show them your great pink chromosphere pictures.
(20 to 15) The recommended place is for x to be between 0.5 and 0.7. Here you should see what you want without sacrificing too much totality. You will still see some action even though a few boundary riders might think you brave enough.
(15 to 10) You should place yourself between values of x between 0.3 and 0.6 from the centre line. You maybe accused of being a little too conservative. However the outer corona shots will be absolutely fabulous.
(10-0) You obviously are just going for the experience and desire just to enjoy the event. The centre line is likely the best place for you and x between 0.0 and 0.2. There is absolutely nothing wrong with just having some fun! Nature watchers will enjoy seeing and feeling their environment around them. Some boundary riders might also be a bit offish, but swapping stories and images might be fun.
(> 0) You are obviously not interested in eclipses at all so you might as well stay at home and watch it live or on the nightly news on TV! So why are you reading these pages on solar eclipses?
Note: As n established eclipse chaser I got a total of twenty-nine lunar eclipse, eight total solar ones.
Now of add ALL the marked “Must See,
Be or Have” ones you tick place them in
order of preference.
If you ticked (b), (d) ADD 4 points for each answer
Total = _____
(> +10) Go to the very limits of the eclipse x=0.9
Add Part 1 to Part 2 for your Eclipse Phenomena Addiction Rating.
(>30) You are all really serious eclipse chaser who wants
to see everything!
Example; My own results;
An established eclipse chaser I got a total of 27 and in Part 2 I got 12 points (8+2+2). If I was going to the very limits of the South Australian eclipse — likely the northern limit where the conditions could be better.
Last Update : 26th November 2012