I might have gotten ripped off. These are … “ECLIPSE VIEWING GLASSES,” but it was only after I paid three dollars for them at 7-11 that I realized I have no detailed understanding of why I might need them, or how much (necessary?) protection they might offer.
The packaging instructs me to “WATCH THE SOLAR ECLIPSE.” But … you could also call them “bird-watching glasses” and it wouldn’t technically be false advertising, right?
If anyone can advise me on how best to photograph the August 21st eclipse, I’d be grateful. I have a digital camera and a cell phone. I tried to photograph the last full moon (I wanted a pic to accompany my “Roanoke Summer Midnight” poem), but they absolutely did not turn out. The only result was that now my neighbors think I’m nuts for taking pictures outside at 1 a.m.
[UPDATE 8/4/17: Okay, as it turns out, eclipse-viewing glasses are serious business. If you don’t use properly manufactured glasses, you can seriously damage your retinas, or even blind yourself. What’s more, I’ve read online that there are particularly horrible people who have been selling glasses that are not safe to use? Let’s hope that’s just an unconfirmed rumor.
A pal of mine sent me this link. (The glasses I bought below actually do meet the right regulatory standards.)