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Gear Up for the Solar Eclipse!
When the Great American Total Solar Eclipse sweeps across the U.S. on Aug. 21, you'll need some safety-rated gear to watch it safely. Not only will you need eye protection to see how the moon passes before the sun, but you'll also need safety-approved solar filters to spare your eyes a potentially irreversible case of eclipse blindness. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) tests eclipse-watching products to make sure they will adequately protect your eyes from the sun, and we've rounded up some of the best ISO-approved items available today.
Here are Space.com's picks for the best ISO safety-rated solar-eclipse-viewing gear, including glasses, binoculars, telescopes and more!
Updated Aug. 8, 2017
Deluxe 3-Piece Sun Observing & Imaging KitSlide 2 of 44
Deluxe 3-Piece Sun Observing & Imaging KitCelestron's deluxe solar observing and imaging kit comes with premium hard-frame EclipSmart™ solar glasses, a solar imaging filter and a 32-page booklet packed with useful information about the eclipse. ($27 on Amazon)
Why we love it: Use your phone (or any other camera) to capture cool photos of the solar eclipse. And the plastic eclipse glasses are more durable than the paper kind, which can easily become wrinkled or sweaty. These will last longer, plus they're more comfortable and easier to wear.
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EclipSmart™ Power ViewersCelestron's EclipSmart™ power viewers come with two ISO-certified safe solar eclipse-viewing binoculars and a 2017 solar eclipse map. ($10 on Amazon)
Why we love it: These foldable paper viewers can slip into your pocket for convenient stowage.
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EclipSmart™ 10x25 Solar BinocularThese compact binoculars also magnify your view 10 times, but with slightly smaller lenses, they're easier to transport. ($35 on Amazon)
Why we love it: Small but powerful, these binoculars can even reveal small features on the surface of the sun, like sunspots.
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