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Best Solar Eclipse Glasses 2018

Surely, these solar viewing glasses are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.

With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these sun viewing glasses are good enough to make it to our list of the top best Solar Eclipse Glasses 2018.

RankProducts NameFeaturesPrice
Eclipse Glasses - CE and ISO Certified Safe Solar Eclipse Shades
Eclipse Glasses - Eclipse Shades® Safe Solar Glasses. Absolutely safe for direct solar viewing of Total Solar Eclipses, August 21st, 2017 All of our solar viewing materials are optical density 5 or greater and are "CE" certified which meets the transmission requirements of scale 12-16 of EN 169/1992.
Sunoculars-Blue with 8x the magnification of Eclipse Glasses

Compact 18oz Lunt Sunoculars are equipped with a front mounted fully dense white light glass filters, 32mm objective apertures, 13.6 mm eye relief, adjustable eyecups, OD-5 transmission, and center focus type making your high quality Solar observation 100% safe. The Lunt 8x32 White Light Sunocular also comes with a soft case, strap, lens cap, and a cleaning cloth. Lunt SUNoculars are manufactured to the same standards of safety typical to the entire family of Lunt Solar products – the premier manufacturer of Solar telescopes and filters.
Soluna Solar Eclipse Glasses
When an opportunity for an experience such as this comes along, you do not want to leave your safety and enjoyment to chance with cheap knock off glasses. Our glasses are made in the USA with the highest quality materials, and are CE EN ISO 12312-2:2015 Certified for Direct Sun Viewing. This means that you can fully enjoy the experience of the total solar eclipse without worrying about whether your cheap glasses are providing your eyes with adequate protection.
Eclipse Glasses Shades
Our eclipser lenses are independently tested and are safe for direct solar viewing. These eclipse viewing glasses are manufactured exclusively with patented Solar Skreen lenses; other glasses do not use this lens material. The Eclipser lenses consist of 2-ml scratch resistant, double aluminized Solar Skreen (mylar with black polymer) that filters 99.999% of the ultra-violet and infrared rays of the sun.
American Flag Solar Eclipse CE Certified Glasses
These eclipse glasses are independently tested and CE certified for the safest direct solar viewing. They are manufactured exclusively with scratch resistant Black Polymer material and have an optical density of 5 or greater. The Eclipsers™ filter out 100% of harmful ultra-violet, 100% of harmful infrared, and 99.999% of intense visible light.

About Solar Eclipse Glasses

Eclipse glasses were a form of eyewear invented by the mechanist to allow members of the invasion of the Fire Nation to observe the eclipse safely without damaging their eyes.


Sokka commissioned the mechanist to produce these special glasses so that when the invasion force invaded the Fire Nation on the Day of Black Sun, they could observe the eclipse safely as a means of keeping track of time. The mechanist produced hundreds of these glasses for the members of the invasion force. When the troops were making their way up the slopes of the caldera in the Fire Nation Capital, the mechanist warned them that the eclipse was starting and ordered them to cover their eyes with the eclipse glasses.


The glasses are made of leather and, although they are referred to as glasses, do not actually contain any glass. The slits block the sun’s glare while still allowing the user to see. They are reminiscent of eyewear used by some desert or arctic cultures to reduce glare and offer protection from sandstorms or snowstorms. The sandbenders in the Si Wong Desert wore similar eyewear.

A solar eclipse (as seen from the planet Earth) is a type of eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, and when the Moon fully or partially blocks (“occults”) the Sun. This can happen only at new moon when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth in an alignment referred to as syzygy. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.

If the Moon were in a perfectly circular orbit, a little closer to the Earth, and in the same orbital plane, there would be total solar eclipses every month. However, since the Moon’s orbit is tilted at more than 5 degrees to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun, its shadow usually misses Earth. The Moon’s orbit must cross Earth’s ecliptic plane in order for an eclipse (both solar as well as lunar) to occur. In addition, the Moon’s actual orbit is elliptical, often taking it far enough away from Earth that its apparent size is not large enough to block the Sun entirely. The orbital planes cross each other at a line of nodes resulting in at least two, and up to five, solar eclipses occurring each year; no more than two of which can be total eclipses.[1][2] However, total solar eclipses are rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow or umbra.

An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. However, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses were attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of its astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

Since looking directly at the Sun can lead to permanent eye damage or blindness, special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques are used when viewing a solar eclipse. It is technically safe to view only the total phase of a total solar eclipse with the unaided eye and without protection; however, this is a dangerous practice, as most people are not trained to recognize the phases of an eclipse, which can span over two hours while the total phase can only last a maximum of 7.5 minutes for any one location. People referred to as eclipse chasers or umbraphiles will travel to remote locations to observe or witness predicted central solar eclipses.