On August 21 of this year, a large stretch of the United States will bear witness to a rare celestial event: a full solar eclipse.
Partial eclipses can happen several times a year, but full solar eclipses sometimes occur centuries apart.
That’s why you should absolutely plan on spectating this momentous occasion, in which our Sun disappears from sight for up to two minutes.
If you are in an area that promises a good view, you will want to grab a pair of eclipse viewing glasses now, before you’re stuck buying a pair from a price gouging vendor.
Eclipse glasses are essential to safely viewing any eclipse, as the Sun still sends a dangerous amount of invisible UV and IR radiation even when it is obstructed by the moon. And normal sunglasses don’t cut it.
You need glasses with far darker lenses. NASA suggests Shade 14 glass, which is the darkest grade of welder’s glass.
So we’ve scoured the web for the best deals on viewing glasses, which range from value-conscious paper pairs to full-on viewing googles.
With the eclipse just around the corner, online options are selling out fast, and rising in price. You have to be mindful of shipping times as well.
We’re doing our best to keep this list updated, but if you still don’t have viewing glasses, certainly don’t wait.
1. The Eclipser Safe Solar Eclipse Glasses Four-Pack
If you plan to share this unique viewing experience with others, this four-pack of eclipse glasses from Eclipser Safe will provide the best bang for your buck.
Theses glasses from Eclipser are CE and ISO tested across both the plastic frame and cardboard frame glasses they include in this pack. As pictured, you get four plastic pairs and two cardboard pairs.
If you are accommodating a different group size, don’t be afraid to browse for a bigger bundle on Amazon.
After all, there is little variation between these throw-away style pairs, and buying an even larger quantity could save you more money.
Price: $27.98 (7 percent off MSRP)
2. Lunt Solar Eclipse Glasses Ten-Pack
Because the price of a pair of viewing glasses drastically drops when bought in a larger quantity, we’ve included one a massive ten-pack of glasses as another value option.
This brand has a generic look, but is CE and ISO Certified for quality and safety.
3. Celestron Solar Eclipse 10×25 Binocular
If you want to see every magical detail for the August 21st eclipse, the Celestron Solar Eclipse Binoculars are a great and inexpensive option. Its solar filters meet ISO12312-2 standards for safe viewing of the sun, and can be removed once the event is over so the binoculars can be used for normal viewing.
Simply set the diopter prior to the event by following the product’s online video instructions, and you will be set to view the eclipse at 10x magnification.
4. Zooilee Solar Eclipse Glasses Five-Pack
This give-pack of plastic solar eclipse viewing glasses will add some style to your celestial observation getup, while making sure you’ll have a solid company to view it with.
Like all of our suggestions, these glasses are CE and ISO certified.
5. American Paper Optics Eclipse Shades Three-Pack
The bright white design from American Paper Optics literally couldn’t be more simple, but as one of the few remaining CE and ISO certified eclipse shades available online, it is a solid pick.
Just be sure you are mindful of shipping time when you order them.
Want to see even more eye protection options for solar eclipses? You can browse Amazon for more eclipse glasses here.
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