What are the best resources for making free solar eclipse viewers?

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    #15 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses

    5 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses

    5 Steps to Creating Your Own Solar Eclipse Glasses is an article by Instructables that shows you how to make DIY solar eclipse glasses. Not only are they safe to use for direct solar viewing, but they’re also really easy to put together.

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    Jean Mason
    Written on March 25, 2017
    "This is a really great tutorial, I used it to make my own during the eclipse. You just have to be very careful to follow all the directions closely. "
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    #2[TUTORIAL] How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse

    [TUTORIAL] How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse

    Don't have solar eclipse glasses? The video How to Make a Pinhole Projector to View the Solar Eclipse by NASA Goddard shows you how to make a pinhole camera that allows you to view a solar eclipse safely and easily. That way, you don't necessarily need fancy equipment to watch one of the sky's most awesome shows. With just a few simple supplies, you can do it.

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    Amit Nair
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "This video was easy to follow, but in the end I found it more of a fun project for my kids that a good way to view an eclipse. If you have the opportunity to view one, use this video as a fun project for the kids, but do yourself a favor and get approved glasses to see the eclipse or you will miss a lot."
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    #3Safe alternative to solar eclipse glasses

    Safe alternative to solar eclipse glasses

    Safe alternative to solar eclipse glasses is a video by AReResearch that tells you what to do if no solar eclipse glasses are available and you want to look at an eclipse. A crisps can may be the safe solution you need, based on the principle of the camera obscura.

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    Abhinav Kapur
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "This is a good alternative but a little complex for most people. Most people would rather just buy some glasses. This would work but it is not exactly the same as looking at the eclipse through glasses."
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    #4[TUTORIAL] How to Make a Shoebox Solar Eclipse Viewer

    [TUTORIAL] How to Make a Shoebox Solar Eclipse Viewer

    How to Make a Shoebox Solar Eclipse Viewer is an article by Boy's Life Magazine that shows you how to safely view a solar eclipse with a shoebox solar viewer, detailing step by step instructions so you can build one of your own with stuff you have at home.

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    Hansika Saxena
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "This Shoebox Solar Eclipse Viewer is a great idea. Putting aside being assured of the safety of using it, I think the idea is sound and it is simple enough to put together. Looking at an eclipse can be quite dangerous though, so this is one I would do additional research on to make certain it is safe to use like it says."
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    #5[TUTORIAL] How to Make a Solar Eclipse & Sun Viewer

    [TUTORIAL] How to Make a Solar Eclipse & Sun Viewer

    How to Make a Solar Eclipse & Sun Viewer is a video by Exploratorium where Scientist Paul Doherty demonstrates how you can make your own sun viewer. If you don't have solar eclipse glasses, you can safely view sunspots, eclipses, and transits with this equipment that you may already have at home.

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    Dhruv Patel
    Written on October 6, 2017
    "I wanted to build a viewer for the eclipse and came across this. It's a good video on how to build one, but it shows that I wouldn't get anything but a projection of the eclipse instead of the real thing. I'd be better off just watching the eclipse on TV."
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    #6DIY solar eclipse viewing from the Kitchen Pantry Scientist

    DIY solar eclipse viewing from the Kitchen Pantry Scientist

    DIY solar eclipse viewing from the Kitchen Pantry Scientist is a video where KARE 11's science friend Liz Heineke shares homemade devices that will help your family view the eclipse safely.

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    Joshua Robertson
    Written on January 16, 2017
    "Lots of people figure it's okay, as long as it's just for a few moments. But it's really not - staring at the sun is incredibly dangerous. At the same time, buying dark shades just to look at the eclipse for less than two minutes wasn't an option for me - that's where these DIY projects really shined. My family enjoyed the eclipse, and I didn't spend a dime. Worth the visit!"
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    #7[TUTORIAL] How to build a DIY pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse

    [TUTORIAL] How to build a DIY pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse

    How to build a DIY pinhole projector to safely view the eclipse is an article by The Verge. The online article gives you step by step instructions to put together a pinhole projector to view the sun directly.

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    Dennis Hudson
    Written on February 25, 2017
    "While I admit that this works, I can't say that I feel this is a good option. I went to view the eclipse and took a pinhole projector that I built looking at this article. While it worked as described, the view it provided was underwhelming. I bought some glasses while I was there."
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    #8[TUTORIAL] How to Make a Pinhole Camera

    [TUTORIAL] How to Make a Pinhole Camera

    How to Make a Pinhole Camera is an article by NASA's JPL that gives you step by step instructions on how to make a pinhole camera that lets you watch a solar eclipse safely and easily from anywhere, using a few simple supplies you already have at home. 

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    Keith Alexander
    Written on May 13, 2017
    "For a person trying to watch a solar eclipse without a set pair of glasses, a pinhole camera is a nice cheap option to use. It will help you to protect your eyes rathat than have them damaged."
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    #9Eclipse Glasses DIY

    Eclipse Glasses DIY

    Eclipse Glasses DIY is a video by John Paul Elliott that shows you how to make your own DIY solar eclipse glasses with stuff you may already have around your house.

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    Amy Munoz
    Written on June 21, 2017
    "The idea of the video is great. Unfortunately Mr. Elliot was difficult to understand clearly. He seemed to mumble and sounded more like the Swedish chef from the Muppets as opposed to someone speaking English. I would find another video for the purpose of making DIY eclipse glasses."
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