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What are the Do It Yourself ways of watching the solar eclispse?

Asked by flo (12924points) August 22nd, 2017

I know it’s too late for Aug, 21/2017
There is the colander, ...what else?

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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

You get an empty, round, cardboard Quaker Oats Oatmeal container and a white piece of notebook paper. Poke a clean pinhole in the bottom of the Quaker Oats container. Place the notebook paper on the ground and hold the container a few inches over the paper, holed end up toward the sun. As the eclipse occurs, you’ll see the curved shadow move across the sun on the paper.

Don’t just throw the oatmeal out in order to do this, save it in some tupperware or something, or your mom will kill you.

You can do the same thing with a toilet roll core with aluminum foil covering one end with a pinhole in it. But if you waste the toilet paper to do this, your mom will kill you.

flo's avatar

Thanks @Espiritus_Corvus. I’m looking for a list of ways by the way. So, one way is cardbord pinhole, another is colander, and what else?

ragingloli's avatar

Mobile phone camera.

flo's avatar

@ragingloli Don’t they say not to that way because it would damage the lens or something?

Muad_Dib's avatar

Look at the spaces between the shadows the leaves cast on the ground.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

The inside (media part) of an old 5–½” floppy folded in half is what a few people were using here.

zenvelo's avatar

Do-to-yourself eclipse glasses.

Last eclipse, a half dozen years ago, I went to the party store and bought a Mylar party balloon. Took it home, and cut out some sections about 5 in by 5 in. Folded in half, then cut out “glasses” from cardboard. I then taped the doubled Mylar strip inside the cardboard glasses. Voila! Eclipse glasses!

That is a homemade version of what the stores were selling.

Stinley's avatar

The spots of light cast by a mirror ball will show as crescents during an eclipse.

RocketGuy's avatar

How about a big eclipse viewing box: http://time.com/3737424/solar-eclipse/

Sam4One's avatar

The best DIY way of doing it would be if you have an old floppy disk lying around… Open it up and use the black disk inside, cut it down to appropriate size and put it infront of ur digital camera’s lens.. Use double layers of floppy disks infront of camera.. then watch eclipse through the camera… Those double layers of floppy disk will filter out most of solar rays that is fine for your camera…

NEVER WATCH ECLIPSE DIRECTLY USING FLOPPY DISKS AS FILTERS.. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO USE THEM INFRONT OF TOUR DIGITAL CAMERA AND WATCH ECLIPSE THROUGH THE CAMERA UNIT ONLY.. OR WHY NOT JUST GET A PAIR OF ECLIPSE GLASSES..?

You wanted DIY way of eclipse watching.. you got it..

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