MODERATOR: If this is the wrong place for this thread, please feel free to scootch me over where I belong. Thank you. I think I may be heading to Makanda Illinois, on August 8th, for the Eclipse. (Where I live in Michigan, it will only be about 80% - I want the full effect...) In all likelihood, considering my age, and how mobile I may be by the next time there is a full eclipse in the US, I have decided I don't want to miss it. Here are some questions for the group: 1. Is anyone else heading to the same general vicinity? If so, is it worth considering a gathering? I'd love to meet some of you in person. 2. What specific city/town/park/campground are you visiting? Why that one in particular? 3. How long will you be staying there? 4. If you plan to observe this event through some kind of apparatus, what gear do you anticipate using? Furthermore, what gear can you suggest on a tight budget, that beats a "shoe box and pinhole" projector? Special welding goggles, perhaps? Feel free to offer additional ideas.