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I agree. The eclipse did show as a distortion. Plus, for viewers who couldn't resist looking directly at the sun, this was a safe way to do it.
Well, that didn't work that well, did it? Seems a cellphone camera is no match for the sun's glare, even during an eclipse. Did anyone find a way to make it work? At least it was cheap!
Thanks for the article, Matt. I read it. The second paragraph begins: "is there danger of burning out your smartphone’s camera sensor? NASA says probably not" So I concede that it might be possible to damage your phone. Furthermore, use the viewer incorrectly and it might be possible to damage your eyes. But all articles I've read about people who damaged their eyes looking at the eclipse tell how they continued to look despite the discomfort. That's when the damage happens. Use common sense. If your eyes feel uncomfortable, look away.
If you're concerned about damaging your camera or just tired of looking up, switch camera to selfie mode and face down, shooting sky over your shoulder.
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