CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - With the recent solar eclipse glasses scams coming to light, many people are wondering which glasses are fake and which ones are real-- and where to find them.
The American Astronomical Society has compiled a list of recommended glasses and where you can find them, so you can view the eclipse safely.
Before buying any glasses though, keep in mind that many libraries will have free glasses available. Click here to view a map of libraries that will carry glasses. You can also find them for free at select NASA and Astronomers without Borders events.
According to the American Astronomical Society, the following telescope and solar-filter companies make and sell eclipse glasses verified eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standards:
- American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com / 3dglassesonline.com
- Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)
- DayStar (Solar Glasses)
- Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)
- Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses) [see their unique kid-size eclipse glasses]
- Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)
- Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)
- Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)
- Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)
You can find these verified eclipse glasses at the retail stores listed below. Make sure to look for the above listed brands, as these retailers may also carry unverified brand glasses.
- Best Buy
- Casey's General Store
- Circle K
- Hobby Town
- London Drugs
- Love's Travel Stops
- McDonald's (Oregon only)
- Pilot/Flying J
- Toys "R" Us
The American Astronomical Society also listed these reputable online retailers that carry verified glasses brands. Note the shipping times, or you may not have your glasses in time for the eclipse!
- 123 Sales
- Educational Innovations
- Electronic Analyst
- Firefly Buys (FFB)
- Fred Meyer
- Freedom Hill
- Mega-Fun Toys
- Off the Wall Toys & Gifts
- Run to Shop
- Skyhawk Ventures
- Solar Eclipse Spectacles (paper glasses only)
- Soluna/GSM Sales
- Your 5 Star General Store
For more information, you can visit the American Astronomical Society's website here.