How to safely photograph the solar eclipse

Published: Aug. 16, 2017 at 5:04 PM CDT
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The excitement keeps on building for a rare solar eclipse now just five days away and while you may be tempted to take pictures you'll want to make sure you have the right gear.

In Wisconsin we will only see the partial eclipse so landscape photographer Dan Moore plans to travel some thousand miles away to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

“I've done a lot of looking online, and looking for what the appropriate safety measures would be but also just what's a proper exposure for a total eclipse,” said Moore.

NASA and the American Astronomical Society recommend checking out their list of attachments and filters for your cameras, or even a telescope, and ways to photograph the eclipse safely.

Even if you plan to use your cell phone that can be just as dangerous for your eyes since you'll still be facing the sun's harmful rays but there are attachments you can buy for your phone too.

“It’s like getting a sunburn for your eye, and that's even magnified when you use something like binoculars or a telescope where you're concentrating the sun's light in the eye directly that would be very dangerous to do,” said Doug Morton, Earth Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Morton is an Appleton native and said wearing the eclipse glasses are always your best bet on Monday - but you can get creative too.

“If you take a box, and you cover one portion of that box, with a piece of aluminum foil, and make a small pin prick in it, that will allow you to have a projection of the sun's image as the moon crosses in front of the face of the sun, if you view from the other side of a box,” said Morton.

Here is another way to make a

to learn how to make a cereal box eclipse viewer.