2017 Solar Eclipse is coming are you ready?


Are you ready for the 2017 Solar eclipse on August 21st!?  Just in case you are not ready we have compiled all of the information you’ll need from a number of credible sources so you are ready!

Get ready for August 21st, 2017!

Total Solar Eclipse Path video from NASA does a lovely job of showing what you will see and when you will see it!  Take a look!

For those lucky enough to either live in the path of “totality” or are planning to travel to get there the next question often asked is what will I need to view and photograph safely?

Safely viewing the solar eclipse

Viewing an eclipse with the naked eye or even dark sunglasses is very dangerous, so viewing safety is of utmost importance.  You will need special eclipse glasses to protect your own eyes and you will need special solar filter to protect your camera.  Where do I get my eclipse glasses so I can watch the solar eclipse? According to the American Space Astronomy website “With support from NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net initiative has distributed more than 2 million ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses to more than 6,900 libraries all across the US.”

If your local library is out and you are lucky enough to find some still for sale make sure they are  ISO 12312-2 compliant.  Here are a list of approved eclipse filter and glasses vendors the American Astronomical Society recognizes that are ISO compliant.

Five ways to safely view the eclipse provides the necessary tips you will need!  This video is from the Oregonian.

Still no luck? The American Astronomical Society suggests there are a number of ways to view safely!

If you can’t get into the path of totality on August  21st.  Consider watching it online, Business Insider compiled a list of sources for you!

Tips on Photographing the Solar Eclipse

Miloslav Druckmüller is known worldwide as the expert in photographing this rare event and shares his experiences, techniques and equipment used when photographing solar eclipses.  From Libya to Mongolia he’s been there and done that – his blog is a terrific resource on how to photograph the solar eclipse.

Looking for quick cliff notes we found these from Eclipse2017.org are terrific for those that like to get right to the point:

· DO NOT USE A FLASH OF ANY KIND!  You will ruin the dark adaptation of everyone’s eyes, and will spoil the show for them all!!
· Use a tripod if you have one – if you don’t have one, buy one!
· Use a long enough lens that you’ll actually see something – standard point-and-shoot cameras will make the sun’s image way too small.  You will need at LEAST a 300mm focal length lens. (Test it out on the full moon – which is about the same size as the sun – to see what your results will be.)
· Don’t forget to take some grab shots of the horizon and the crowd going nuts during totality.
· Set up a video camera (pointed at the people around you – NOT the sun!) and let it run during totality, so you can always relive the foolish things you screamed during totality!
· Change ALL your equipment’s batteries to fresh ones, 30 minutes before totality, so you don’t run out!
· Charge everything up the night before.

More tips can be found here.

Clearly solar filters for your camera are a must.  Unfortunately if you haven’t ordered your solar filter yet, you are likely out of luck however B&H still had inventory as of writing this article!

If on the off chance you don’t have your camera filter yet and don’t want to pay $150+ for one – PetaPixel has an article on How to make one a Solar Eclipse Filter yourself for $15.  

Finally – we found this article from Astononmy.com which details 25 facts about the Solar Eclipse that we thought would make for interesting conversation for those around you experiencing the solar eclipse with you!



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