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    Eclipse

    I work at a company filled with VERY smart people and I am convinced that come Tuesday half of them will be blind.

    PLEASE:

    Do NOT stare at the sun. Do not even glimpse at it.
    Do NOT set your camera to live view and look at the screen. While this will save your eyes, it will destroy your camera.
    Do NOT use "really dark sunglasses" to look at the sun. You meed ISO-rated solar filters to look at the sun - period.
    Do NOT stack a bunch of neutral density (ND) filters on your camera - it will still fry your sensor because they don't filter UV and/or IR light.

    The ONLY welders glasses you should consider are #14. For you photography buffs, #14 welding glass cuts 18 stops of light or could be measured as f:1/262144

    Solar filters filter 1/100,000 percent of visible light or more as well as UV and IR bands. Invisible light (IR/UV) will blind you or ruin your camera just as effectively as visible light.

    DO make a pin-hole projector! You can do it with two paper plates, though aluminum foil works better.
    DO bring a colander. Yes, really! It will make cool patterns on the ground for the same reasons that a pin-hole projector works (camera obscura)
    DO use proper ISO-rated filters! If you want to live-view with your camera, you CAN do this with a proper filter

    Things to watch for:

    As totality nears (even if you're not in the path) look at the ground under trees. You'll see a pattern of thousands of little eclipses.

    If you're in the path of totality:

    Bring white paper or poster board and lay it on the ground in the hopes that you'll witness shadow bands.

    During totality, take off your glasses! You can see the sun's corona and you will see stars in the sky. The entire horizon will be in sunset. Birds and animals may get quiet. You know, if it's not cloudy.
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    Yeah!
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    GAD, I would hope people are smart enough not to blind themselves, but the blind ones are those same guys who never check their tire pressure. The good news is that when they go blind at least that'll get 'em off the road.

    There will *definitely* be some Darwin awards going out next week. ;)
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    Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun
    But mama, that's where the fun is ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    GAD, I would hope people are smart enough not to blind themselves, but the blind ones are those same guys who never check their tire pressure. The good news is that when they go blind at least that'll get 'em off the road.

    There will *definitely* be some Darwin awards going out next week. ;)
    Man, I would think that "don't look at the sun" shouldn't be necessary, but holy crap some of the stuff I've heard otherwise intelligent people say lately is mind-boggling.

    Check this out: http://wnep.com/2017/08/18/20-second...-1963-eclipse/

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazmo View Post
    GAD, I would hope people are smart enough not to blind themselves, but the blind ones are those same guys who never check their tire pressure.
    Well yeah, since obviously they can't tell by lookin'.
    I use the ol' squeeze test now, just like on my bicycle tires.
    45+ years of playing guitar and, uh, "other" excercise have really strengthened my grip.
    And of course, made me blind.
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    Packing up car in morning and leaving for SC at 3am on Sunday. Will meet up with my son at hotel late afternoon.

    Just hope the SC clouds diminish at show time!

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    After this time to get ready for April 2024!

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    Only 60% eclipse, here. I think I'm in a classroom getting distance trained.
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    I live on the Oregon coast, about 25 miles north of the path of totality.

    We should get about 98% of totality, and that's totally enough for me!
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