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Article could use a longer, more detailed introduction, and the section "conflict with reality" could use a cleanup, in order to reach bronze. The Heidelberg Kid (talk) 19:48, 13 November 2011 (UTC)

Viewing by projection ?[edit]

is it still recommended to view using a projection of the sun. I forget the details but I had a 10" reflector that did something at the eyepiece to project a little image. Something about blocking uv radiation. Hamster (talk) 22:23, 20 August 2013 (UTC)

As far as I know, it still is, at least for amateurs. It's the only idiotproof method - solar filters are used in imaging, as sensors are expendable, unlike human eyes. There was a video of what happens to a grape held to the eyepiece of a telescope pointed at the Sun...--ZooGuard (talk) 06:37, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

This article on sun-gazing is a crock of shit[edit]

It is the first article I have read on rationalwiki and it might be the least rational series of statements ive seen in a while. Maybe my edit was too open but what is currently written really pisses on anyone with beliefs inclusive of practises such as these. Maybe our mothers told us not to look at the sun based on their extensive scientific research (unlikely, they only believed what was told to them). And sure its easy enough to understand looking into the sun is not a good idea, but people who practise this seriously do not claim that it is safe unless under the specific rules they lay out for any who wish to sun-gaze. I don't even sun-gaze myself but this article is about half as reasonable as most of the pseudo-scientific articles I have read on homeopathy and the like- which are full of shit. Really, rationalists, when did you become so dogmatic? — Unsigned, by: Njwangford / talk / contribs 22:17, 16 October 2013‎ (UTC)

I just had a look at your changes to the article. There's nothing of substance, just a handful of tired arguments - "science was wrong before", "science is incomplete", plus whinging about "Western science" and oppression. The only thing based in fact was the observation that it's safer to look at the Sun at sunrise and sunset.
You need to understand that the burden of proof is on people claiming some kind of supernatural benefit from sungazing. They need to either provide evidence of an effect (and preferably, of its mechanism), or accept that those claims are scientifically void.
Meanwhile, if you have any problems with specific facts or wording in the article, point them out.--ZooGuard (talk) 11:20, 17 October 2013 (UTC)
I'll be less nice and say "evidence or GTFO". Scarlet A.pngnarchist 16:38, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

Seriously only on RationalWiki will some idiot show up and claim that staring at the sun is good for you. I really have nothing constructive to add. Serpentis (talk) 15:47, 17 May 2014 (UTC)

Not to be confused with stargazing[edit]

I tried injecting this entire paragraph into the article before (like almost a year ago): == Telescopic Sun Viewing == {{main|Astronomy}} There is a way to safely view the sun through use of a proper filter aptly named "Solar Filter". Typically mounted at the end of a telescope it is a extremely opaque lens but lets just barely enough light through (as in .00001% of it) to get a view of the sun's surface for sunspots or can be used during a total solar eclipse to view it's corona. While mostly safe, viewing for extended periods of time is still not recommended. This is not woo. But it was thrown out as for being a bit too off mission. Does stuff like this warrant a mention somewhere at least? Zero (talk - contributions) 15:18, 10 July 2014 (UTC)