Choosing the Right Eclipse Solar Filters

by | Jun 14, 2016 | Eclipses

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Total solar eclipses are rare and exciting events and in 2017 many people in the US will be viewing a total eclipse for the first time in their lives. It’s one thing to see it on film but a completely different experience when you view an eclipse in person. Before you take in this magnificent sight, you’ll want to protect yourself and your family with some kind of solar filters. Here are some suggestions you may wish to consider.

Do You Really Want to Make Your Own Viewer?

Some people choose to create their own solar eclipse viewers and it is not difficult. For example, with a little skill and simple materials you can make a box or projection viewer. You may only need cardboard, paper, foil, scissors and perhaps tape. However, this only gives you an indirect glimpse at the eclipse and leaves something to be desired. For some people, a total solar eclipse is a once or twice in a lifetime event and they want to get the most from their experience.

Eclipse Glasses

One of the best (and safest) ways to view the event is with approved solar filters like eclipse glasses. They are very inexpensive and constructed like the famous “3D” glasses for viewing 3D movies. These glasses come in all sorts of colors and designs and are perfect for people or businesses throwing a large solar eclipse event. In fact, you can have your eclipse glasses custom printed with whatever you want. In addition, there are other options to consider.

Eclipse Card Viewers

Card viewers have the same solar filters as approved eclipse glasses. However, they come in the form of easy to carry and use 3 by 5 cards. Carrying around eclipse glasses can sometimes be a bit awkward and many people prefer hand-held card viewers for the most convenience. Card viewers will easily fit into a shirt pocket so there is no worry about losing them. These viewers can be customized in many different ways, just like the eclipse glasses.

Plastic Eclipse Glasses

Is your solar eclipse event going to be something special? If so, you may wish to go with something a bit more elegant. Plastic eclipse viewers look just like quality sunglasses and come with scratch resistant lenses. They are excellent solar filters and are perfect for viewing solar eclipses in style. These glasses come in their own bag type cases and attractive display boxes which are perfect for businesses looking to “cash in” on the upcoming event of a lifetime in August of 2017.

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