What are your eclipse plans?

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  1. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

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    We're joining friends at a remote spot they've found west of Salem, Oregon, under the middle of the path. We've got our lawn chairs and our $3 eclipse glasses from Amazon, and we're wishing for a better experience than 1990 when the entire Big Island (where we then lived) was under heavy clouds.
     
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    Oh, I'll probably miss it. What date is the eclipse?
     
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    Gonna go out and get an eclipse tan

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    The eclipse is August 21. That's a Monday. Looks like I'm going to work that day. Unless I end up scheduled for a colonoscopy that day. In which case, I'll probably miss the eclipse.
     
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    We took my 7 year old to the public library for a presentation on the eclipse. It was well done and they handed out glasses and a easy to read sheet with exact timeline and path of the eclipse. His daycare is taking them somewhere to watch it. Although with so much smoke from forest fires, I'm not sure how good it will look.


    I have not check but do we have a bunch of end of the world type predictions on this one? Heavens Gate type folks must be salivating for their salvation over this one.
     
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    You are, of course, correct. But don't worry, it's just THE END OF THE WORLD!!!

    Will the 2017 solar eclipse cause a secret planet called 'Nibiru' to destroy Earth next month?

    In fact, "Begin panicking now" because this knob-head says so

    http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article166137567.html
     
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    I knew there were some out there, always is. But the article about the Sheriff's Facebook post makes it clear that it's a joke comment and the vast majority of people on FB knew it was a joke and took it as such.
     
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    and so the search for true knob-heads continues . . .
     
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    Colonoscopy is August 29 @ 1 pm.
     
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    Remember to not look directly into it.
     
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    I don't think they make special glasses for that.
     
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    The organization says buyers should be skeptical of glasses even if they're stamped with an ISO seal -- which has been used in the past to indicate which glasses comply with standards set by the International Organization for Standardization.

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    If you've already purchased a pair of specs, AAS has a tip for testing them out.

    When you put them on, "you shouldn't be able to see anything...except the sun itself," the organizations says.

    "If you can see lights of more ordinary brightness through your eclipse glasses or handheld viewer, and you're not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, it's no good," AAS said in a statement.

    How to avoid buying 'bogus' solar eclipse glasses - Aug. 5, 2017
     
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    Thank you for this, decision. I am disappointed not to see Amazon on any of the approved sellers lists.

    What I don't know, and haven't found yet, are the parameters of the risk. One quick look with defective (or no) glasses and you've had it? Prolonged look, of course. But somewhere in between?

    John Bear, remembering punch line of joke, where the
    preacher roars, "Anyone who looks [at a certain situation]
    will be struck blind! -- "I think I'll risk one eye."
     
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    FWIW:

    "Paul Simeon, PhD in astrophysics at Stanford

    Answered 273w ago

    Yes, it is potentially even more dangerous to stare at the Sun during an eclipse if it is sufficiently dark to cause your pupils to dilate."

    More at... https://www.quora.com/Is-it-more-dangerous-to-stare-at-a-solar-eclipse-with-bare-eyes-than-at-an-everyday-Sun


    The dark glasses should also cause the pupils to dilate. Maybe that's why they should be like super way far out dark.
     
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    So today comes a long email from Amazon, saying, in effect, "Hey, we advise you NOT to use the glasses you bought from us, since we can't guarantee that they will be effective. We've already refunded your purchase price, and you don't have to return them." Obviously their lawyers at work.
     
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    Sunglasses:

    "Myth #2: Lenses with darker tints are more protective than lenses with a lighter tint

    False: The tint of the lens has nothing to do with the UV protection of the glasses. A clear lens with no tint and 100% UV protection is better for your eyes than dark, heavily tinted sunglasses without UV protection. In fact, dark lenses without adequate UV protection are actually worse for your eyes than not wearing glasses at all, because the dark tint causes your pupils to become dilated, thus exposing your eyes to more harmful UV light."

    https://www.today.com/style/debunking-9-common-myths-about-sunglasses-2D80554300
     
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    The group recommends only using a welding mask if you're certain of its "shade number," an indication of how dark the mask's tint is. To view the eclipse, you'll need something at a 12, 13 or 14. A shade number of 13 is ideal, AAS says, but those are hard to come by.

    How to avoid buying 'bogus' solar eclipse glasses - Aug. 5, 2017

    Her glasses say '7 RZ1.' If that means the glasses are rated at 7 then she has little protection.

    (METHOD 3) Welder's Glass

    Welding glass is used to protect welders from eye damage. The potential damage does not come from hot sparks hitting the eye (although that is a possibility). Rather, the glass prevents the light from the very hot arc from burning an image of itself permanently onto the back of the eye.

    Be careful that you use the right kind of glass! Welder's glass is numbered from 1 to 14 with 14 being the darkest. It is only number 14 glass that is dark enough for solar viewing! And NO STACKING! A pair of number 7's or a 10 and a 4 together DO NOT have the same protection as a single piece of number 14 (see unsafe methods for more details).


    Perkins Observatory | Observing Astronomical Events | Solar viewing Safety
     
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    You should not use the bottle to view the event

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