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Old 08-19-2017, 08:51 PM
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Just don't try to do any firebending, and you'll be fine.
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Old 08-19-2017, 10:34 PM
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The phone camera method is not recommended. Even if you somehow manage to avoid the highly likely chance you'll accidentally look straight at the eclipse while trying to aim your phone, there's a possibility of damaging the optics of the phone itself as well.
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:03 PM
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I'm too afraid to get any eclipse glasses for fear of them not working and my eyes turning into sunny-side up eggs. I might go outside and pretend Dracula's Castle is getting sealed up, though.
THAT PROPHECY IS FAKE NEWS AND I WISH YALL'D QUIT TALKIN BOUT IT
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Old 08-19-2017, 11:10 PM
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Pro tip: during a partial eclipse, the parts of the sun that are still visible are exactly as bright as a fully visible sun, so don't do anything to a partially eclipsed sun that you wouldn't normally do to the sun.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:38 AM
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I did notice that one pair of my eclipse glasses warned against using it for more than 3 minutes over a couple of hours, so even with proper glasses, don't like, stare at the sun for an hour preceeding the eclipse.
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:19 AM
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Pro tip: during a partial eclipse, the parts of the sun that are still visible are exactly as bright as a fully visible sun, so don't do anything to a partially eclipsed sun that you wouldn't normally do to the sun.
My understanding is it's even worse than that, in that if you happen to glance at the full sun your reflexes immediately constrict your pupils and probably make you blink, but if there's a small sliver of sun those reflexes may be slower due to less visible light, while there's still plenty of invisible radiation to do damage quickly.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:53 AM
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:49 PM
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:33 PM
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https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety

Perhaps useful to have this here rather than someone putting their eye health to chance counting on a phone between them and the eclipse to save them.
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Old 08-20-2017, 02:41 PM
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I don't really get what's so hard to understand about "use the lens on the front of the phone" here? You look down at phone which is looking up past you at sun. Sure, maybe it might mess up the lens (though I'd think this is unlikely since you can point them straight at an uneclipsed sun) but the worst that you'll see is #FFFFFF. don't look or you'll go blind
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Old 08-20-2017, 03:36 PM
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I don't think a camera lens is as susceptible to the sun's radiation as the human retina is. But I don't actually know.
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Old 08-21-2017, 05:36 AM
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I researched it and I'm wrong. it will break your camera lenses. Please take care of yourselves and your cameras.
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:38 AM
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Huh. Can you explain specifics?
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Old 08-21-2017, 07:36 AM
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6:30am, estimated delays 20min - 2 hours which is quite the range...

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Old 08-21-2017, 10:37 AM
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Oh-ho! Looks like it's going to rain.

This is fine. It's not like I had a telescope set up or anything.
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Old 08-21-2017, 10:42 AM
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You had a filter on that telescope, right?
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:09 AM
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I've got my Sunny Bunches of Oats viewer ready to go! Conditions are getting cloudier though.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:20 AM
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I'm in the city and thought I was being clever by looking at the REFLECTION of the sun on the side of the building.

But nope still hurt.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:23 AM
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I'm in the city and thought I was being clever by looking at the REFLECTION of the sun on the side of the building.

But nope still hurt.
To be clear, pain is not the reason you want to avoid looking at the sun during an eclipse -- the fact that it doesn't hurt to look at is exactly what makes it so dangerous. So even if you do manage to find a comfortable viewing method that doesn't involve a proper UV filter, it is still a really bad idea.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:26 AM
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Just got to peak coverage over here (~80%+) and it's kinda crazy how dark it got outside even without it being total.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:26 AM
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To be clear, pain is not the reason you want to avoid looking at the sun during an eclipse -- the fact that it doesn't hurt to look at is exactly what makes it so dangerous. So even if you do manage to find a comfortable viewing method that doesn't involve a proper UV filter, it is still a really bad idea.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:28 AM
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It's 25 to 30 percent right now, it's crazy

also there belmonts, just, everywhere
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:37 AM
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You had a filter on that telescope, right?
Yup! But it doesn't matter, because all I can see is clouds.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:40 AM
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I'm tempted to grab a second pair of viewing glasses and tape them to my phone's camera (my DSLR is way too big to cover with the "lens", and I didn't think of buying a filter for this one instance), but I don't know enough about optics to tell if this would be a terrible idea.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:43 AM
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The peak partial eclipse just passed here.

It got dark enough that my brain kept telling me I was wearing transition lenses, despite not having done so for over six years.

It was fun messing around with pinhole projectors and such, but this tree on our back deck had us all beat:



Look at all those crescents!
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:47 AM
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We had 75% over here, it got noticeably dimmer. I made a makeshift shadowbox out of one of the multitudes of bulk udon boxes I have strewn about my cubicle (I knew I kept those for a reason!)



Got some decent pictures with a pair of eclipse glasses over my phone's camera.



Had a few coworkers hand me their phones to get good pictures, but apparently the default iPhone camera doesn't have a manual settings mode? I've been tasked with putting my pics on the company sever in lieu of figuring out how to tell Apple I'm not an idiot.

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Old 08-21-2017, 12:02 PM
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The HR manager brought in a single pair of eclipse glasses and I'm pretty sure half the warehouse has come through the office to use them.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:06 PM
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Super cloudy here but my filtered binoculars still worked surprisingly well. Peaked at 80%.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:31 PM
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help i think the trees are broken

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Old 08-21-2017, 12:35 PM
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It got dark enough here that the parking lot lights came on. Most everyone in the office today were outside watching. Some engineers made a pinhole projector.

I heard some people say it was "disappointing" and sometimes I hate sharing the planet with other humans
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