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Eclipse hysteria sweeping the nation

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - The eclipse hysteria is sweeping the nation as people from around the country are gearing up for the most anticipated natural event of the century.

August 21 will be the first total eclipse of the sun since 1979 and 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

Many will want to capture the special moment. Astronomy photographer Joe Gassner of Corning shares tips with 18 News if you plan to take photos.

"If you're going to get a close up picture of the sun, you need a lense that could do that," said Gassner.  

If you use your smart phone, experts say cover the lense with a solar filter or eclipse glasses.

Gassner also tells 18 News "filters are very important, multi-stop density multi-filter but there are also filters that make it safe to look at the sun directly."

Use a tripod to keep your camera stable.

The eclipse excitement is even buzzing in our area. 

"We've been receiving a lot of phone calls about the upcoming eclipse and how to take pictures with it and what filters to use and so forth," said photographer and B & C Photo staff member.

For other safe viewing methods via projection, click here.

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