Solar Eclipse Glasses Warning : Scam
Don’t get tricked into buying fake glasses
There will be millions of us setting up camp to watch this rare and epic event in August, you need to be aware of the solar eclipse glasses warning as the American Astronomical Society (AAS) warns of potentially unsafe solar eclipse glasses flooding the market.
They are also reporting them some of the online sellers are displaying false test results on their web sites to promote the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) safety standards, this is a serious situation as it can be very harmful to your eyes to view the eclipse without proper protection from the suns rays.
The AAS reports that some companies are printing the ISO logo on fake solar eclipse glasses, there for it is not a safe procedure to look for the ISO logo, this is a very unfortunate situation and could be harmful to anyone not uses the proper solar eclipse glasses.
Be Sure Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Are Safe
The only way that you can verify that your solar eclipse glasses are safe would be to verify it comes from a reputable manufacturer are one of their AUTHORIZED dealers. The AAS has compiled a list of these vendors that can be found at https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
Before being added to this list the AAS checks to make sure that their ISO paper work is complete and comes from a verified testing facility, and they have asked the manufacturers to verify their authorized dealers of their product, once all of this is verified then they will add them to the list.
The AAS explains you should not be able to see anything through your Solar Eclipse Viewer other than the sun or an equally bright light source. They also state that if you can see the light of ordinary brightness through you solar eclipse glasses and you’re not sure if the glasses came from a reputable dealer it’s no good.
The AAS Instructions For Safe Use of Solar Eclipse Glasses
- Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched, punctured, torn, or otherwise damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
- Always supervise children using solar filters.
- If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
- Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright Sun. After looking at the Sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the Sun.
- Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or another optical device.
- Similarly, do not look at the Sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
- Seek expert advice from an astronomer before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device; note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
- If you are inside the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
- Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the Sun directly.
You can read the ASS article in its entirety HERE but don’t fall for a scam that can damage your eyes.
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