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Do’s and Don’ts for the Solar Eclipse

Filed in Uncategorized by on August 21, 2017 0 Comments • views: 135

With the first solar eclipse since 1979 only hours away, here are some do’s and don’ts to ensure everyone enjoys the eclipse in a fun and safe way!

Do:
Protect your eyes!
Though Eclipse Glasses are all the rage, don’t fret if you didn’t get a pair! There are a few ways to safely watch the eclipse without damaging your eyes. Yes, Eclipse Glasses will enable you to experience beautiful, direct observations of the eclipse, but they are not as critical as they have been hyped up to be. If you do not have Eclipse Glasses and/or are staying home for the eclipse, you have many viewing options available to you: Read More

Don’t:

Wear regular sunglasses.

Your average sunglasses will not protect your eyes from the eclipse and can do some serious damage.

Don’t: Look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope.

When the eclipse is in “totality” (when the moon completely covers the sun) it is safe to use these devices, but be careful. As Forbes says, looking at direct Sun for even a split second through binoculars/telescopes can blind you forever.

Don’t: Take photos with your smartphone.

An article on Today says, “For starters, pointing the phone at the sun would simply yield a small but brilliant blob since smartphone camera sensors tend to overexpose anything bright to begin with, said Ken Sklute, an eclipse photography expert from Canon.”

 

Do: Use a solar filter on a point and shoot camera.

Filters can cost as little as $50, depending on the size and complexity of the camera. Read More:

 

Do: Leave the photography to the professionals.

There are many photographers who specialize in solar eclipse photography and will get the best shots, so don’t focus on trying to capture one. Bustle recommends enjoying the experience and leaving the pictures to the pros, “it just makes sense to enjoy the experience instead of stressing over photos.”

Be sure to soak up every second of the solar eclipse, the next one doesn’t take place until April 8, 2024.

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