Here it is in TL;DR format:
- If you didn’t spend $500 on the latest ISO for this exact solar eclipse event, don’t use equipment thinking that it “blocks the dangerous solar rays.”
- When the Moon passes over the Sun, the Sun becomes an ultra-hot beam of plasma ready to annihilate anything that it touches.
- You are an idiot because you are a non-professional who tried to look at the Sun.
- Don’t look at the Sun or your eyes instantly bulge out of your eyesockets and explode.
- $100 for eclipse glasses? Well, it’s only for a few minutes, and they make looking at the sun safe, so I think they’re worth the price ;)))))
- Stay indoors because the zombies are coming.
When I was a kid, I used to look at the Sun for a second or so at a time. Did it make me a better person? No, but my vision was unaffected: I still do not wear glasses to this day. I can’t say the same thing about these days. My eyes have become older, and when I do look at the Sun, it forms spots on my eyes where the Sun was, and the spots linger for a few minutes until they consume themselves.
If you want real advice, go here: http://web.williams.edu/Astronomy/IAU_eclipses/look_eclipse.html