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Old 08-18-2017, 03:02 PM
 
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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.
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Old 08-18-2017, 03:09 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.
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Old 08-18-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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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.
I ordered mine online a long time ago, off Amazon when they were super cheap.

Locally all the stores are sold out to those that it seemed to have just dawned on them they'll need special glasses, despite the hype for a year!
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Old 08-18-2017, 03:34 PM
 
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Old 08-18-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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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.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:25 PM
 
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I ordered mine online a long time ago, off Amazon when they were super cheap.

Locally all the stores are sold out to those that it seemed to have just dawned on them they'll need special glasses, despite the hype for a year!
Are you sure the Amazon glasses are legit? Many of them turn out not to be. Be careful!

I just use welding shields. I stack a #5 and a #8 together to give me a value of #13. Mount that stack in the middle of a sheet of cardboard, attach a paint stirring stick for a handle, and voila! Perfect protection. I don't trust any of those mylar glasses; one scratch or pinhole, and poof.

I decided to make some extra binocular shields so we can loan some of our spare binoculars to people nearby, and stopped in at my local Tractor Supply store tonight. I was quite surprised to see that they still had ample supplies of the right welding shields.
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Old 08-18-2017, 09:35 PM
 
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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.
This is likely because there is no distinguishing "look" for phony glasses. The counterfeits LOOK JUST LIKE the good ones. Unfortunately they are not as effective. This is the usual attempt by money grubbers to get rich at the expense of other people. In this case, other people's vision health. "Real" protective glasses have a ISO stamp on them, but I don't think someone looking to make a buck is going to "not" put a phony stamp on phony glasses because they might "get into trouble."

IMO, DO NOT USE ANY GLASSES. You CANNOT be assured that they are correct and safe. DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN GLASSES OR NOT.

What is the fascination anyway with seeing the eclipse directly with your own eyes as opposed to on TV or on the web?

Follow These Solar Eclipse Safety Tips from an Eye Doctor
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:28 AM
 
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IMO, DO NOT USE ANY GLASSES. You CANNOT be assured that they are correct and safe. DO NOT STARE AT THE SUN GLASSES OR NOT.
Exactly why I always use welding shades for solar viewing. No risk at all; they just are what they are.



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What is the fascination anyway with seeing the eclipse directly with your own eyes as opposed to on TV or on the web?
Have you ever seen one? There is just simply no comparison between seeing it live and looking at a picture. It's kind of the same reason people take two weeks off of work and drive halfway across the country to see the Grand Canyon, even though there are pictures of it all over the interwebs.
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:03 AM
 
Location: SC
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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.
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."
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Old 08-19-2017, 08:09 AM
 
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Exactly why I always use welding shades for solar viewing. No risk at all; they just are what they are.





Have you ever seen one? There is just simply no comparison between seeing it live and looking at a picture. It's kind of the same reason people take two weeks off of work and drive halfway across the country to see the Grand Canyon, even though there are pictures of it all over the interwebs.
Yes, I have seen a few, I guess that is why I don't get the fascination. Maybe I have been around long enough to become jaded about some things.
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