Solar Eclipse: 3 Accessories You Need For Monday's Celestial Event
The solar eclipse is almost here so it's time to get prepared. Here are three key accessories you'll need to enjoy and capture the astronomical event.
Never, ever, ever, ever (did we say ever) look directly into the sun without a pair of solar eclipse glasses adorning your face. The only time you should take off your glasses is during the brief two minutes when the sun is completely covered, and that's only if you're in the eclipse's path of totality, otherwise... DON'T DO IT.
"When you look directly at the sun, the intensity of the light and the focus of the light is so great on the retina that it can cook it," Dr. Christopher Quinn, president of the American Optometric Association, told CNN. "If the exposure is great enough, that can and will lead to permanent reduction in vision and even blindness."
Instead, pick up a rad new pair of shades like the ones above.
And skip the checkout at Amazon as NASA has distributed thousands of pairs to libraries across the nation that are both certified safe and totally free.
Solar filter sheets
If you plan to take photos on your DSLR you're going to need a solar filter, otherwise you run the risk of frying your internal sensors.
Filters can be seriously expensive for this once-in-a-lifetime event, so instead, do what USA Today suggests: "Order filter sheets and use a pair of scissors to slice out a covering that can be taped over your camera lens." And the best part, the sheets will only set you back about $40 on Amazon (just make sure to Prime them TODAY).
You do not need a filter for smartphones or GoPros.
Since you're likely not attempting to capture a National Geographic-worthy eclipse photo the best thing you can do is buy a tiny tripod, set your phone on top, put it on time-lapse and let it go. This way you can enjoy the eclipse, too.
A tripod should only cost you around $20 and will absolutely be an investment you use over and over again, eclipse or no eclipse.
No matter where you are enjoying this magical celestial event don't forget to put down your camera, phone, or any other accessories to enjoy this single moment in time as a human being experiencing something truly rare. Take a breath and remember it forever.