Okay, so the Celestron EclipSmart Ultra Solar Observing & Imaging Kit (http://amzn.to/2uPnBdu) is currently advertising a 1-2 month shipping time, so it may not be the best for you, but rest assured, there are solar eclipse glasses available on Amazon that won’t make you go blind!
There have been a few scarebait headlines lately about these glasses (https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/26/16033902/solar-eclipse-amazon-solar-filter-glasses-safety-iso-certified), but much like anything on my favourite online shopping site, it’s up to the buyer to be smart about their purchases.
Don’t buy anything that seems too cheap to be true. Look at who the seller is, and if it’s a different name than the brand you’ve purchasing, take a moment to look at their store, other products, and reviews. If it’s a brand new store with no reviews, be cautious.
What you’re looking for are products that are rated ISO 12312-2 byt the American Astronomical Society. The AAS has verified 5 manufacturers – American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold film only), Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17. You can trust these names. You can find out more at:
The Celestron product I’m reviewing here uses American Paper Optics lenses, so we’re good to go there. I’ll be sharing my thoughts (and pictures) from the eclipse, so stay tuned!
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