Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

Watch Out for Fake Eclipse Glasses

According to optometrist Wes Wheadon looking at the sun without or with improper eyewear can have devastating effects.

The AAS and NASA have also published a list of legitimate companies making certifiably-safe eclipse glasses.

In Madison on Friday, the glasses were sold out at Kirkland's on the Far East Side and at Toys R Us on the Far West Side.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m.

According to, the material for safe viewing glasses is low-priced and readily available through astronomical supply houses and at their website.

The public is encouraged to come and learn about the Solar Eclipse that will take place on August 21, and how to view the eclipse safely. The notification also says that customers don't need to return the glasses in order to get a refund.

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The American Astronomical Society has issued a "buyer beware" warning saying even glasses with the ISO seal may not be real.

The American Astronomical Society has listed manufacturers of eclipse glasses on their site, which are verified to be compliant with the ISO 12312-2 global safety standard.

Inspect solar filters before use. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter. If your glasses have the logo, it means they have been verified by an accredited testing lab and they meet the necessary safety standards.

Also, do not look at the un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device - even using your eclipse glasses or viewer.

You can find the glasses at online vendors including, Celestron, Explore Scientific and Meade Instruments.

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