The sun over cropland. Photo by:
The sun over cropland. Photo by:

Camp Out Under the Stars in the Shawnee National Forest

The rush to capture the upcoming solar eclipse has the United States centerstage for this monumental event.

Many spectators will want to capture the solar eclipse with their smartphone cameras. To achieve the best results, it is best to have a solar filter to protect your eyes, as well as the photograph.


It will be smart to plan ahead to have a solar filter ready. Supplies will get short closer to August 21.

Currently, the Craft Shop within the Southern Illinois University’s Student Center is helping photographers put together solar filters for cameras.

Weather Prediction

AccuWeather is currently reporting that it will be partly cloudy during the day with a possible shower later in the evening.

That being said, the weather prediction will most likely change, and we will keep an eye on the sky to give readers the best change to catch the 2017 solar eclipse.

Several of the hotels have been booked for months, and there is still a large amount of people wanting to be apart of this event. I suggest looking into camping options in the nearby area.

Tap into a list of camping options for Southern Illinois:

Watch a video below on additional details on grabbing photos of the 2017 solar eclipse.

Photographing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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Matthew McGuire is the founder and editor of Crescent Vale News. In 2014, he acquired a master's degree in Professional Media and Media Management from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.