This afternoon a partial eclipse will be visible across all Australia. Here are some tips to watch it safely, and perhaps grab some great photos — without burning your corneas. And that's always nice.
Partial eclipse image courtesy Shutterstock
Safety First: How To Watch In Person
• Whatever you do, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN WITHOUT PROTECTION. Staring at the sun can damage your eyes permanently.
• DO NOT use your sunglasses as protection. While sunglasses can protect your eyes under normal use, they will not protect your eyes while staring directly at the Sun.
• Even if you have adequate protection, don’t look at the sun for a long time. Remember to stop looking from time to time.
• The best protection is wearing welding goggles with No. 14 glass.
• The next best thing is buying an eclipse filter. They are inexpensive, but they are good enough to protect you. Make sure they are the good stuff and not just dark plastic. You can see some brands and models here.
• Use a telescope or binoculars. Again, these MUST have the proper filter. Most brands come with eclipse filters, so you will be safe. But if you have any of these, you probably know what you are doing anyway.
• Use a pinhole projector. This will allow you to look at the Sun projected on a piece of paper, so it’s perfectly safe. You can make these yourself following the instructions here.
• Top tip: Use a reflected pinhole projector. This is pretty awesome, as it will create a big image of the Sun on any wall. Use the instructions here. It’s also safe.
Eclipse Weather Forecast
Sun Photography Tips
• Make sure you look through the LCD — ideally an articulated viewfinder so you don't accidentally look at the sun with your naked eye.
If you’re interested in solar photography you can make a DIY solar filter using old CDs, cardboard, glue, and tape. As long as you’re not looking directly through the lens but instead using the LCD screen you don’t have to worry about damaging your vision.
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