Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 - Grand Island, Nebraska|
This is the first total solar eclipse I have seen and exceeded all my expectations. The naked eye views were nothing less than spectacular photographs and video does not do it justice. Binocular and telescope views were impressive but did not give you the same feelings that something extraordinary was going on.
For two days before the eclipse the weather forecast from several web sites were calling for cloudy skies while some showed clear blocks for the time of totality. I got up at 4:30AM the day of the eclipse and checked the weather once again and now two sites were saying clear in Grand Island for totality, originally I was planning to view the eclipse in Ravenna. Three other members of our group decided to drive West for a better chance of clear skies but Walter and I decided for Grand Island that was only 1 hour Southeast from where we were staying in Ord, NE.
Drove to Grand Island on Monday morning with fog lifting about half way there. As we were looking for a place to setup our equipment saw someone with a telescope setup on the grass at a Days Inn. Decided that was a good place so we joined him. It turned out he had come from Italy to view the eclipse and meet with his friend and family from Colorado, who are also Italians. In all there were about 14 people viewing the eclipse at the Days Inn.
The eclipse journey was planed by my brother Walter which I shared the driving of his car with. It took 3 days to drive from Maryland to Nebraska.
William E. Rison