If you aren’t a big fan of questionable eyewear and too lazy to poke a hole in a piece of paper, you probably need counselling - but since we’re not judging, you can also catch the enormity and the magnitude of this solar event in its complete 2-hour glory via the most internet way possible .
Nope, not Twitter, but via a livestream. Slooh.com will be hosting a livestream of the event via their telescopes from the Palu, Sulawesi, so arguably you’ll get the best view of the eclipse, with the least danger and with absolutely no cost - joining Slooh is free.
The livestream can be accessed here.
Lastly if you’re planning to take pictures or videos of the solar eclipse, and you don’t actually want your camera sensor to be burnt to a KFC crisp, do consider purchasing Solar filters. They fit on top of your existing lens, giving you 1/100000 of the sun’s power thereby protecting your sensor and your fragile eye looking through the viewfinder.
Not to mention allowing you to actually take a proper image that doesn’t look like you dropped a blob of white-out on your screen. Using ND filters work too - but only ND5 and above is recommended.
To take good photos of the sun, the longer the lens the better - a fairly common 200mm zoom lens at maximum zoom should get you a decent picture of the eclipse. Not National Geographic worthy, but definitely hashtag worthy #blackholesun.
It is important to note that in the case of ot a total eclipse, you should take your solar filter off in order to get a good photo of the corona when the peak of the eclipse occurs.
These are some of the ways to enjoy the solar eclipse, but if you don’t get up to any of them, it’s probably okay to take a squinty fleeting glance in the sun’s general direction when the eclipse is happening tomorrow, if the sky is clear. Just remember that ultraviolet ray damage is accumulative, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Enjoy the eclipse, sunbros!