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Thursday, August 24, 2017

THE BEST ECLIPSE VIEWER EVER

Before Google and Smartphone, I was in Maine one summer when I saw a total solar eclipse. No one was there except my roommate and I. We walked out the door and looked up.  Not smart, but as teenagers at music camp, we didn't know any better. 
In our location in 2017, we only had a partial eclipse (83% of the total). We went to a nearby dog park, where our local astronomy club was offering eclipse glasses and two filtered telescope for anyone to look through. There were only 253 eclipse glasses that were all gone by the time we got there. There were about 1000 viewers. We got in the telescope viewing line as soon as we got there. It took us four hours to get to them. It was worth it and many people in line shared their glasses, plus we met a lot of nice people. After four hours in line, we saw a guy using this viewing system with binoculars, tripod and foam core boards. The eclipse looked bigger than through the glasses and sharper and easier to see than through the telescopes. Our inventor left both binocular lenses open and it didn't seem to affect anything. You can find directions for making one the next time you have a great view of a solar eclipse under DIY Solar Binocular Eclipse Viewer. Have fun! 

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