The best of...gear for the upcoming solar eclipse
Daylight Sky Plastic Solar Eclipse Glasses
To avoid eye damage, certified safety glasses are a must for viewing Aug. 21’s eclipse. Cardboard glasses will do just fine, but a threepack of these sturdier plastic alternatives is a smart splurge if you have young kids.
$16 for three, amazon.com
Celestron EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers
For a slightly closer look at the eclipse, this inexpensive power viewer offers the same eye protection as standard eclipse glasses plus 2x magnification. Each package of two comes with an eclipse map.
Meade EclipseView 10x50 Binoculars
See the solar corona in detail with these 10x binoculars, which have removable solar filters and are “built to last,” thanks to rubber armoring. A padded carrying case is included.
DayStar Solar Filter
You’ll need a camera filter if you plan to take any pictures of the eclipse, and for the casual photographer, a cardboard lens cover like this one should do just fine. The filters also work on telescopes.
Starbound Observer’s Chair
A reclining lawn chair is the best choice if you’ll be watching with binoculars. This specialty chair is most useful to telescope users, and has a seat that adjusts to any height. “Your back will thank you.”