How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

Gwen Vasquez
August 21, 2017

But, predators are taking advantage.

But unfortunately, numerous glasses that have been sold are fake. If you have legit glasses- and not fakes, like the ones Amazon recalled earlier this week- you shouldn't be able to see ANYTHING but the sun. These are eclipse viewing glasses because of course you never want to actually look up at the sky unprotected.

At the end of the day, the AAS said they only way you can truly tell the difference between real and fake solar viewers is the filter.

The Regina Astronomical Society is looking forward to Monday's solar eclipse of the sun, saying we won't see something like this again in western Canada until the 2040's.

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It's simple: You need to check them. Thousands of solar viewing glasses have been given away or sold for a few dollars. If you look through your eclipse glasses and find the sun to be uncomfortably bright, out of focus or surrounded by a bright haze, they're no good.

A true pair of eclipse glasses should be way darker than, say, a pair of sunglasses.

The American Astronomical Society said another key component to telling the difference is the ISO number on the certificate. If you can see shaded lamps or other household light fixtures that are not bare bulbs through your eclipse glasses and you are not sure the product came from a reputable vendor, then they are not safe.

"We're going to have several scopes up here with various design and application, people will get a chance to view the eclipse through these instruments", Rogers said. The ISO certification number should appear on all legitimate glasses. Higdon notes they'll have safe viewing at the Exploratorium.

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