Solar eclipse of 2017

Old 08-20-2017, 05:26 PM
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Everybody ready for the eclipse? NASA says you can use a welders shade of AT LEAST Shade 12 or better. Shade 13 is best but hard to find and 14 is a bit dark. All if these are darker than is commonly used for welding I'm told but IDK because I'm not a welder. This eclipse is unusual because almost all of the US can see it at least in part.

I don't know about you, but I get nervous staring into a thermonuclear furnace!
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Everybody ready for the eclipse? NASA says you can use a welders shade of AT LEAST Shade 12 or better. Shade 13 is best but hard to find and 14 is a bit dark. All if these are darker than is commonly used for welding I'm told but IDK because I'm not a welder. This eclipse is unusual because almost all of the US can see it at least in part.

I don't know about you, but I get nervous staring into a thermonuclear furnace!
Okay, I'll chime in.

IF you are in the totality of the eclipse, a 12 will be ok. If you are close to totality, have a 13. If you are anywhere else (majority of the states) use a 14.

I have a helmet that does 14, so I'm covered, especially since I'm pretty far from totality.

If you have any doubts, DON'T do it. You only get one set of eyes.

The news has been chiming about #14 lens only. Only reason being that they need to cover their asses. If you have an adjustable helmet that does 12, 13, 14, you're probably ok...just don't be stupid, and stare at it for an hour, LOL

I have been to the NASA website. Worked for them for years. Use the darkest lens you can find to be safe. My helmet is adjustable, so I'm gonna do 14 (max setting) because I value my sight. Just sayin' LOL...
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The schools are letting the kids out at 11am here, so it must be really dangerous! I forgot to ask if we were working tomorrow. They're goina be more blind people than you can shake a stick at after this I'm afraid! Stay in doors and under the covers if you care about your life!
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The schools are letting the kids out at 11am here, so it must be really dangerous! I forgot to ask if we were working tomorrow. They're goina be more blind people than you can shake a stick at after this I'm afraid! Stay in doors and under the covers if you care about your life!
Cmon man... the world's not gonna end, but be smart about it at the same time. Use common sense and prevail.
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Shoot. My cheapy mask only goes to 13. Not that its even going to be worth it to see out here. Its going to be like staring into a half of a sun.
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I'm trying to think back to my high school days and I think we had a solar eclipse in July of 1963 if I'm not mistaken. Back then they were saying you could coat a pair of glasses with candle smoke until you couldn't see anything thru it and it would be good enough. Wrong!! Lots of cases on damaged retinas. Where I was living it was about 90% totality. I've seen 3 lunar eclipses and they were cool in a weird sort of way. They made you thing of vampires!

Funny, I remember an advertising poster I saw a long time ago that said "Oakley--Thermonuclear Protection"

Looking at the list of previous eclipses, it was March of 1970 that was 90%.

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those stupid solar glasses are all sold out already all the schools bought them all
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Well that sucked. CA was a bad spot to view it from. Welding mask worked fine on #13. We got about 50% coverage.
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My mine is just a hair north of the totality line in Douglas. We got 99% obscurity. Everything got super grey. Nighthawks and bats came out. Wildlife bedded down. Some friends were in glenrock and said it was pitch black.
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People spent $25, $50 and even $100 for those glasses because we were supposed to be at 91%. Well it is pouring here at totality
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We had 95%. My company provided glasses for everyone and any of their family members who wished to come by. Was pretty "whatever" IMO. But hey, free snacks lol
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Here in Syracuse we only had 75% totality and there was a thin layer of fast moving stratus clouds that just happened to cover the actual eclipse, but you could see the crescent sun thru the clouds pretty well. Not too spectacular, but being a rare solar event, it was cool anyhow. I was sitting in my Jeep with real dark sunglasses on, watching for dark periods, and just peeking thru the windshield's sun tint near the top for brief glances.
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It was 96% here and i got my glasses at the hardware store for 3 bucks
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well during it happening it spiked to 107 degrees and putting up a fence sucked even more lol. but no one seen it because it was to cloudy during the eclipse.
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What I find amusing is it rained about an hour ago and it was darker than it was during the eclipse!
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