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 Observing Safely

There are three ways to observe the eclipse safely: buy special eclipse glasses, build a pin-hole camera or use an astronomical telescope to project an image of the sun.

1. The simplest is to buy a pair of eclipse glasses – the Yorkshire based astronomy shop “Green Witch” are doing them for about £2.99 a pair, and some are being provided free with the Sky at Night magazine. But there are other sources – provided you order them in time. But wherever you get you eclipse glasses from, check that they are described as suitable for solar observation and check that they aren’t damaged before you use them – there should be no pin-holes or cracks which could allow the intense sunlight through.

2. The cheapest is to make a “pin-hole” camera.  One version is:

Other versions can be found online.