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Total Solar Eclipse 2008 - Russia

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17 years 3 months ago #42451 by ayiomamitis
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Is this trip gonna cost the world or what?
As far as I've seen myself and heard at the Galway Starparty it's mad money?

Frank,

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17 years 3 months ago #42466 by jhoare
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Should be warm on August first for the eclipse, has anyone been able to figure out the cloud expectancy there at that time ?

See sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/SEmono/TS...au/TSE2008-fig10.GIF .

The best chance of clear skies is in the Xinjiang province of Northwest China.

John

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17 years 3 months ago #42469 by Frank Ryan
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Is this trip gonna cost the world or what?
As far as I've seen myself and heard at the Galway Starparty it's mad money?

Frank,

One thing about money is that you can't take it with you when the fateful moment comes (Greek expression). Therefore, spend it and enjoy it the best way you know how!!!!


I totally agree.... It may be something to work t' woards....

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17 years 3 months ago #42471 by SunCrazy
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The best chance of clear skies is in the Xinjiang province of Northwest China.


yes, but getting there would all together a total logistic nightmare ... NW China is very rural and mountainous.... and not very much developed yet.
Also I think papers and customes related Russia will be easier than China...you start explaining some paranoid border official in China that that spotterscope you are carrying is actually to watch an eclipse....

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17 years 3 months ago #42497 by jhoare
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That's a very last century impression of China. The modern PRC is very interested in any and every event that provides an opportunity to develop its tourist industry and is very much aware of the value to the trade of the 2008 eclipse, and border officials are kept well informed.

The eclipse path through Xinjiang province is not very far from the old Silk Road and the Chinese rail link between the Trans Siberian Express route and Beijing. I would seek advice in the first instance from the tourism office at the Chinese Embassy. It shouldn't be particularly hard to arrange (or find a reliable agency to arrange) connections from Beijing by air to local airports and buses or by train and bus, first to a hotel near the line that would act as a base camp, then to a viewing location on the day.

Novosibirsk is definitely easier to get to and would be easier to organise. But Xinjiang province would provide improved odds of actually seeing the eclipse.

I have other priorities for spending this year and next, unfortunately, so I'm only offering this as food for thought.

John

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17 years 3 months ago #42512 by cobyrne
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Also I think papers and customes related Russia will be easier than China...you start explaining some paranoid border official in China that that spotterscope you are carrying is actually to watch an eclipse....

I've been to China twice now, and I've never experienced any immigration or customs hassle (apart from a bit of queueing). I would recommend that you get your Chinese visa from the embassy in Dublin before travelling - they will take your passport off you for a week or so while they process your application, though for a bit more money you can get it done in a day or so. As for customs - it's no more complicated than any other country. You have to fill out a declaration and hand it to the customs official at the border.

My experience of China is of an ultra modern country though, granted, I've only ever really been to Shanghai (which is a totally amazing ultra-modern city - probably the most modern city I've ever been in).

So, if you pick China, be prepared to be pleasantly surprised.

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