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Where to Buy Total Solar Eclipse Glasses/Viewers

August 18, 2017

The Total Solar Eclipse is coming soon! Stores are advertising various types of viewers which will allow you to safely observe the eclipse of the sun. Here at, we want to make sure you find an inexpensive but SAFE method of observing this event.

Best Buy is having a sale on the Celestron EclipSmart Deluxe Sun Observing and Imaging Kit. For $24.99, you get a pair of wrap-around style solar glasses, a solar imaging filter, and a solar eclipse information booklet. Don’t have $25? Try the EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers Sun and Eclipse Observing Kit. Two viewers and a book about the Total Solar Eclipse will only set you back $9.99. Order either or both of these items online at

According to the American Astronomical Society, these retailers are selling ISO-compliant safe eclipse glasses and/or handheld viewers:

– 7-Eleven
– Best Buy
– Bi-Mart
– Casey’s General Store
– Circle K
– Hobby Town
– Kirklands
– Kroger
– London Drugs
– Love’s Travel Stops
– Lowe’s
– Maverik
– McDonald’s (Oregon restaurants only)
– Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers
– Toys ‘R’ Us
– Walmart

Are you cheap like me? You don’t need to spend money to get legitimate solar eclipse glasses. NASA is giving away 1.5 million pairs! Libraries across the country have around 2 million to hand out. Regardless of where you get your solar viewer, be sure it’s legitimate. Already, there have been reports of counterfeit glasses being sold. This is not something you want to mess with. Viewing the sun in an unsafe manner can damage your eyes. As in permanently. Make sure that the glasses or viewer you choose has been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard.

Whatever type of solar viewer you choose, be sure to observe the eclipse. The last one happened in March, 1979. The next one doesn’t occur until April, 2024. Although its less than 7 years away, the 2024 eclipse will not be visible from as many locations as the 2017 version. Buy a viewer before the stores run out and enjoy this unique astronomical event on Monday, August 21!