Sunday, August 13, 2017
AMAZON SAYS DO NOT USE ECLIPSE GLASSES PREVIOUSLY RECOMMENDED
In my August Reporter article on viewing the August 21 solar eclipse and again in a blog post, I quoted information I had read that dark glasses for viewing the eclipse of the sun should be safe if they were CE-ISO certified with an "ISO 12312-2" or an "ISO 12312-2:2015" marking. NOT NECESSARILY SO, now says Amazon.com.
I ordered sets of eight, five and four such pairs of glasses for relatives and friends, and now, one by one, Amazon has sent me warnings to not use them. This applies to looking at the sun at ANY time. The glasses I ordered were manufactured by different companies but ordered from Amazon, and all had BOTH of the above certifications. Amazon is giving me a credit for these purchases and says I do not need to return the merchandise.
This is a bummer for those wanting a convenient way to watch the partial eclipse, but there are other ways one can safely view it. One is the "pinhole" method described in my article (just do it right). Another is using a fully developed film negative to look through, but you need to know how to do this. There are other methods as well.
I wonder how many millions of these "questionable" glasses have been sold and how many people are going to be very inconvenienced. Some have made plans to travel long distances to see "totality." During the 2+ minutes of totality, they say it is safe to look without eye protection, but ONLY then and not at all before or after, when the slightest bit of the sun can be seen. We won't see totality here.