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Old 08-19-2017, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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The eclipse is all over the local news - TV and print, and since I'm in NYC, that means several local papers. But despite all the dire warnings about the potential dangers, not one is offering any helpful information about what to look for in the magic glasses, or where to buy them inexpensively at local stores.
If you don't already have eclipse glasses, it's probably too late to get them. But you can use indirect projection (pinhole camera) to safely view it.
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Old 08-19-2017, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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If you don't already have eclipse glasses, it's probably too late to get them. But you can use indirect projection (pinhole camera) to safely view it.
Or, like I said, stand under a leafy tree and view the crescents all over the ground. You can also use a cracker as a pinhole camera.
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Or, like I said, stand under a leafy tree and view the crescents all over the ground. You can also use a cracker as a pinhole camera.
Or a colander. Anything opaque with a small hole or holes in it will work. (And yes, seeing those tiny crescents on the ground underneath a tree is very cool.)
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:41 PM
 
Location: Caverns measureless to man...
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Welding shields. 6 bucks apiece. A #5 and a #8, or a 5 and a 9 if that's too bright for you.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:51 AM
 
Location: SC
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Or, like I said, stand under a leafy tree and view the crescents all over the ground. You can also use a cracker as a pinhole camera.
I like this suggestion. Very easy and sounds effective.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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Most people simply do a web search for eclipse viewing glasses and all the important information is front and center.


Actually, no - a simple web search will not be likely to easily show you local stores.

And Amazon, as you presumably know was selling fakes.

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Also, you probably don't want to follow critical advice given by a local TV news program... I was watching a report a week or so ago and they were explaining how an eclipse works - noting that the sun is about "twice as far away as the moon."
I agree. I was thinking more of local papers - always very commercial - who could have been providing lists of places that carry glasses inexpensively.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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If it's a clear day, simply stand under a leafy tree, and you'll see hundreds of crescents projected onto the ground as the eclipse progresses.
WHooo Hoo!
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Actually, no - a simple web search will not be likely to easily show you local stores.
And Amazon, as you presumably know was selling fakes.
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To be more accurate about it: Some VENDORS on Amazon were selling substandard viewing glasses marked with counterfeit ISO labels. When Amazon discovered this they notified buyers and refunded the cost, without requiring returns of faulty products.
As for the newspaper not providing the information you needed, what do you really expect from a fish wrapper? Local retail stores were oblivious to the issue until last week. Libraries and science museums have been aware for YEARS.
"People, not so much"

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Old 08-20-2017, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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Welding shields. 6 bucks apiece. A #5 and a #8, or a 5 and a 9 if that's too bright for you.
Or a #14 if you don't want to go blind.
"Look it up"
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:07 AM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Actually, no - a simple web search will not be likely to easily show you local stores...
It worked for me. I found out which manufacturers were "legit" and who was selling their products (Lowe's, for me). Maybe I'm just better at doing web searches.
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