Eye damage from sun in viewfinder accidentally?

Started Mar 18, 2010 | Discussions thread
doctor digi Senior Member • Posts: 1,448
Re: Eye damage from sun in viewfinder accidentally?

hotdog321 wrote:

Now, if you started staring though a 1000 mm lens . . .

Actually the eye is quite resilient.

When I was young I had a small telescope and was trying to find Venus in the day. I did stand in the shadow of a building... but not quite enough. With a 40x eyepiece on the sun moved swiftly through the field of view as I waved my 'scope around.

It was... an experience It felt like being smacked in the head with a cricket bat. I was unable to see in one eye for about 15 minutes, but no damage was done.

However, I wouldn't advise trying this. My exposure was very brief and I was lucky.

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