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Beware of Bogus Eclipse Glasses

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Beware of Bogus Eclipse Glasses

(St. Louis) -KTRS Scam artists are taking advantage of the August 21st phenomenon as demand for protective glasses is peaking. The American Astronomical Society has updated safety advice in light of what they term– alarming reports” of unsafe “eclipse viewers” popping up online. The organization advises buyers to be skeptical even if the glasses are […]

Beware of Bogus Eclipse Glasses

(St. Louis) -KTRS

Scam artists are taking advantage of the August 21st phenomenon as demand for protective glasses is peaking.

The American Astronomical Society has updated safety advice in light of what they term– alarming reports” of unsafe “eclipse viewers” popping up online.

The organization advises buyers to be skeptical even if the glasses are stamped with a seal of the International Organization for Standardization–or ISO- stamp.

The astronomical society says- quote- “It now appears that some companies are printing the ISO logo and certification label on fake eclipse glasses and handheld solar viewers made with materials that do not block enough [light],”-end quote.

To test your eclipse glasses the AAS says put them on and “you shouldn’t be able to see anything…except the sun itself.”

Not the lights in your house, not headlights on the street. Nothing but the sun.

If you can see anything else through the film, toss the glasses and find a pair that works.

The American Astronomical Society has a list of brands and vendors they trust:

Brands (Products):

American Paper Optics (Eclipser) / EclipseGlasses.com

APM Telescopes (Sunfilter Glasses)

Baader Planetarium (AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film)

Celestron (EclipSmart Glasses & Viewers)

DayStar (Solar Glasses)

Explore Scientific (Solar Eclipse Sun Catcher Glasses)

Lunt Solar Systems (SUNsafe SUNglasses)

Meade Instruments (EclipseView Glasses & Viewers)

Rainbow Symphony (Eclipse Shades)

Seymour Solar (Helios Glasses)

Thousand Oaks Optical (Silver-Black Polymer & SolarLite)

TSE 17 (Solar Filter Foil)

Vendors:

Adorama Camera

Agena AstroProducts

Alpine Astronomical

AmericanEclipseUSA.com

American Science & Surplus

AstroBox/EclipseKit.com
Astronomers Without Borders

Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Astronomy Magazine / My Science Shop

B&H Photo Video

Carolina Biological Supply Company

Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project

Company Seven

David Chandler Company

Discover Magazine / My Science Shop

EarthSky.org

Eclipse2017.org

EclipseGlasses.co.uk

EclipseStuff.com

Explore One
Flinn Scientific

GreatAmericanEclipse.com

High Point Scientific

Khan Scope Centre

Lire la Nature & Astronomie Plus

MMI Corporation

NationalEclipse.com

Oceanside Photo & Telescope

Online Science Mall

Ontario Telescope & Accessories

Optics Planet

Orange County Telescope

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars

Sky & Telescope Magazine / Shop at Sky

SkyNews Magazine

Space Racers / AugustEclipse.com

Space Update

Starizona

Steve Spangler Science

Woodland Hills Camera & Telescopes

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