Saturday, June 08, 2002

Eclipse coming

Some of us will be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun on Monday.

If you go to see it, make sure you protect your eyes. Don't try sunglasses unless you want to join the company of other sunglass wearers like Stevie Wonder or Ray Charles. Sunglasses do not filter out the rays that do the harm.

Here's some more info, with pictures of past eclipses.

TechTV offers some tips if you decide to try to photograph an eclipse. And remember, it won't do your eyes much good to put filters over your lens and then point it using the viewfinder...

Be aware that direct sunlight can damage CCD devices like those in your digital optics. So don't try to shoot it unfiltered with anything that uses CCDs, such as your digital camera, EyeModule, and possibly your camcorder.

Or you can view it with your own handmade neato pinhole camera.

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