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 a 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 advise.
You can check the boxes on this page, selecting only ONE
choice per line. Unfortuneately, 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 checkboxes for each part, though these
don’t automatically add up (unfortuneately) or you.
NOTE: DON’T DELETE the CHECKS, as you will need to refer to this as you read down the page.
Be honest and make sure it is really what you want!
|Ques?||Phenomena||Choice 1||Choice 2||Choice 3||
|a||Prominences||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|b||Chromosphere||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|c||Outer Corona||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|d||Bailey’s Beads||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|e||Diamond Ring||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|f||Inner Corona||Must See||Interested||Not Interested|
|g||The Whole Experience||Must Be †||Interested||Not Interested|
|h||Lots of Action||Must Have||Interested||Not Interested|
|i||Duration||Must Have||Interested||Not Interested|
|j||Imaging / Photography||Must Do†||Interested||Not Interested|
For each "Must See, Be or Have" box that you ticked for (a), (c), (e), (g), (i) add 2 points.
For each "Must See, Be or Have" box that you ticked for (b), (d), (f), (h), (j) add 4 points.
For each "Interested" box that you ticked for (a), (c), (e), (g), (i) add 1 points.
For each "Interested" box that you ticked for (b), (d), (f), (h), (j) add 2 points.
For each "Uninterested" box that you ticked for (a), (c), (e), (g), (i) subtract 1 point.
For each "Uninterested" box that you ticked for (b), (d), (f), (h), (j) subtract 1 points
(30 to 25) You are obviously a serious eclipse addict and should already know where to 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 acheive. I would suggest some decent practice and some extensive "dummy-runs" before hand!
(25 to 20) You obviously like action and other phenomena than waht is seen at the centre line. The recommended place to see what you want is nearer the limit when x is between 0.7 to 0.9. You'll still see enough totality to brag to all your friends about it, and show them your best exciting events. Whatch their mouths drop when you show them your 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 value of x between 0.3 and 0.6 from the centre line. You maybe accussed of being a little too conservative. Hoever 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 nothing wrong with just having fun! Nature watches will enjoy seeing and feeling their enviroment around them. Some boundary riders might alao 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! Why are you reading these pages on solar eclipses?
Note: Aa a established eclipse chaser I got a total of
Now of add ALL the marked “Must See, Be or
Have” ones you tick place them in order of
For example, Chromosphere, Lots of Action, and Bailey's Beads.
If you ticked (b), (d) ADD 4 points for each answer
If you ticked (f) or (h) ADD 2 points for each answer
If you picked (e) and (f) ADD 0 points for each answer
If you picked (a) or (c) SUBTRACT 2 points for each answer
If you picked (i) or (j) SUBTRACT 4 points from your answer
If this is your 1st Total Solar Eclipse you have seen SUBTRACT 2 points from your answer.
If this is your 2nd Total Solar Eclipse you have seen ADD 1 points from your answer.
If this is more than your 2nd Total Solar Eclipse you have seen ADD 2 points to your answer.
(> 10) Go to the very limits of the eclipse x=0.9 to 1.0
(7 to 3) Go to the limits of the eclipse x=0.7 to 0.9
(3 to 0) Go anywhere between x=0.5 and 0.7
(0 to -3) Go anywhere between x=0.2 to 0.5
(-3 to -7) Go near the centre line x=0.0 to 0.4
(> -10) Go to the centre line x=0.0 to 0.2
Add Part 1 to Part 2 for your Eclipse Phenomena
(>30) You are all really serious eclipse chaser who wants to see everything!
(30 to 15) You are already feeling nervous about the coming up eclipse expedition.
(15 to 0) You just like eclipses for the thrill and the experience.
(>0) You have yet to catch the eclipse bug.
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.