08-12-2017, 03:53 AM
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  • MaxP
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With the total solar eclipse coming up on Aug 21, I want to get some safe viewing glasses. Any recommendations for where to buy a few pair at a very reasonable price? I'm hesitant about the auction sites. Other ideas?

Thanks

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 08-12-2017, 04:13 AM
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I had reason to visit a few tourist shops in the last week; most of them sell glasses for a dollar or two, although the quality of the frame was not the best. If you have an astronomy club or planetarium nearby you might want to get in contact with them and ask if they sell.

Last time I viewed an (partial) eclipse I used a compact disk as my glasses Tongue

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 08-12-2017, 05:26 AM
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I know in this day of digital photography that film is hard to find, but if a roll of B&W film is taken out of the roll and exposed, then developed, the resulting fully black negative makes for a safe viewing experience when looked through. If you know of someone with a darkroom they should be able to help you, or contact a photography club and ask them.

Enjoy it! For us it's only going to be 60% and I'm not going to travel to see totality. A total eclipse is an interesting experience though.

The astronomy club is a good idea. They might actually have a viewing event planned (I'd be very surprised if they don't!) and they would have safe filters on their telescopes and might have them available for use for the unaided or through an instrument. I know when I was in a an astronomy club the whole point of it was to allow the public to view things through our 'scopes.

Just curious, will it pass over you, or will you need to travel to see it? If so, how far?

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 08-12-2017, 05:53 AM
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We got ours from Amazon a while back. American Paper Optics. Now, the local tv station is giving them away. Make sure they are ISO/CE certified and watch out for knockoffs.

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 08-12-2017, 06:53 AM
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sweet home , oregon.  right in the path. will enjoy it from home ; wife and cousin bussing into Salem, Oregon fairgrounds. supposedly 1 million visitors coming to Oregon.

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 08-12-2017, 06:55 AM
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  • garyg
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I purchased some from Amazon a month or so ago.  So long I feared I'd forget I had them

This morning I got an email from Amazon stating that the glasses weren't certified, not to use them, and that a credit was being applied to my account ..

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 08-12-2017, 08:36 AM
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  • MaxP
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(08-12-2017, 05:26 AM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Just curious, will it pass over you, or will you need to travel to see it? If so, how far?

The maps say that here in Madison we'll see about 87%

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 08-15-2017, 07:01 PM
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I'll be in the range of 93-95% - but would have to drive 2.5 hours north into Wyoming to view at 100%.

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 08-15-2017, 07:06 PM
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Was searching myself. Found out Lowes Hardware has them in stock locally. If you have one local I would check with them!

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 08-15-2017, 07:11 PM
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Reminds me of the movie "Sunshine", and this scene where mercury passes in front of the sun 

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 08-15-2017, 07:43 PM
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FWIW, Mercury transits happen relatively frequently, for an astronomical event (maybe a dozen per century). I doubt that it would be seen with "eclipse glasses" though; I'd want a properly filtered telescope.

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 Yesterday, 07:15 AM
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B&H Photo & Video is reputable. Also here's a NASA approved list https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

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