BIG FAT WARNING: DO NOT LOOK AT A SOLAR ECLIPSE DIRECTLY. YOU WILL DAMAGE YOUR RETINA.
Today we had a partial solar eclipse over India.
It commenced in Mumbai around 0800 hrs.
Cloudy weather first hindered visibility. But later clouds thinned down sufficiently, making the spectacle visible.
Here are some images.
Yours truly using welding googles to view the eclipse.
I was able to see the eclipse very nicely. This goggle has a single pixel LCD, two photodiodes to detect light intensity and solar cells to operate the lcd. The electronics is powered by a tiny button cell. The lcd transmissivity (hmm… spell check does not have this word) is AUTO adjusted as per the light intensity and protects ones eyes from damage during welding. Serves the same purpose while viewing a solar eclipse.
I also tried a passive “Tom Cruise” welding goggle, which turned out to be better for viewing this eclipse.
Direct photo using a CanonSX430IS were horrible, with the camera unable to focus.
So I made the camera wear the Tom Cruise. Here are the Images.
Just about visible.
I waited for the moon to eclipse the sun even more…
Missed an annular due to clouds.
Now back to using welding goggles for welding.