posted on Feb, 19 2011 @ 02:53 AM
Be careful of retinal burn, most of the time, short glimpses will cause a temporary burn but longer periods of focus can do semi permanent damage and
if using magnification, could be permanent.
That is essentially what you got, retinal burn, when you state your sight saw purple, that's exactly what colour you get in your vision when looking
directly at Sol with no magnification and you take your eyes from the star and look elsewhere, then it fades.
Don't know how old you are, but old 70's-80's, and of course earlier B&W, TV video cameras with Videcon then Saticon tubes and also early chip vid
cam's, when passing past very bright lights in studio then had a purplish after image from the light like a streak of red into purple which faded in
a couple of seconds to 10's of seconds depending on the speed the cameras panned across the arc lights in studio, same thing.
Those around my age will remember shows such as Top of The Pops, for instance, where studio light streaks accross the screen for a few seconds or
longer were a common sight because of all the lights and cameras panning the studio, here in the UK in the 70's-80's.
But video cameras have replaceable tubes, bit more difficult to replace your retinas, do not stare directly at Sol, please.
Want to look at our star, use at least
good polarising sunglasses, preferably arc welding glasses or similar, Sol can damage
unprotected eyes looking directly at it and you only get one pair of eyes.