The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
wishes to partner and participate with individuals, groups, schools,
towns, and all forms of organizations to celebrate the 2024 total solar
eclipse. This majestic celestial event will be, for many, a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity that is certain to inspire wonder about our place in the
universe. We in North Texas are fortunate to sit on the path of totality,
and with this opportunity we will provide education to whoever desires
Within this outreach kit, you will
find in-depth information and ample resources to help you have a successful
total solar eclipse
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safety, or planned events,
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The TAS Eclipse Committee
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- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched,
punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow
any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Only use eclipse glasses marked as ISO 12312-2 and only from a reputable
source. Or, #14 welder's glass.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses
over them (on top), or hold your handheld solar viewer in
front of them.
Stand still and look down or away from the sun before applying the eclipse
glasses.Cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking
up at the bright Sun. To remove the solar eclipse glasses after looking at
the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove
it while looking at the Sun.
- Do not look at the un-eclipsed, partially eclipsed, or annularly eclipsed
Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars,
or other optical device. Do not put eclipse glasses behind optical equipment
binoculars or a
- Do not look at the sun through the following: x-ray film, old camera
negatives, ordinary sunglasses no matter how dark or UV protected,
CDs, DVDs, etc.
Similarly, do not look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope,
binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or
handheld solar viewer in front of your eyes — the concentrated
solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing
- Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with
a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device;
note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars,
lens, or other optics, not the back.
After you see the first "diamond ring" and during totality (C2),
remove the eclipse glasses. And, be sure to reapply the eclipse glasses before
totality ends (C3) after the second "diamond ring". The
sunlight during a solar eclipse is not worse than normal
thing with a lunar eclipse at night. A lunar eclipse is not
harmful at all. Be
1% of the sun is 10,000 times brighter than a full moon (Michael
- Some older department store telescopes came with a glass solar filter
to add to an eyepiece or to the back of the telescope. Those
must never be used. They might crack under the heat and allow harmful light
permanent damage to the retina.
American Astronomical Society: How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely
Pinhole eclipse viewer (solar viewer)
Celestron Observing Kits
Create Your Own Filters
Make Your Own Safe Solar Viewer (SSV)
Here to Download TAS Eclipse Outreach Kit
About the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas
The Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas was chartered in
1955 to promote interest and research in astronomy, and
to give instruction in the
science of astronomy and related disciplines. Membership
is open to anyone having an interest in astronomy and
related subjects and
includes benefits such as a our monthly newsletter, discounts
to the top astronomy magazines, access to our dark sky
and many more.
Our annual membership dues are very reasonable and can be paid
on-line using the PayPal link listed below. Membership is open to
anyone having an interest in Astronomy and the night sky.
Please visit the Club Information
section for more on TAS.
New members can download the New Members Handbook from the Members Only Section of the website.
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Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas is a Member Society of the Astronomical
League, and is an active participant in the Southwest Region of
the Astronomical League
The Astronomical League is a federation of
astronomy clubs with member societies nationwide. The Astronomical League
is the World's Largest Federation of Amateur Astronomers.
The Southwest Region of
the Astronomical League consists of 28 member societies of the
in the states of Texas, New Mexico and western Oklahoma.