I, like many others, am excited to see the eclipse. I want to view the eclipse through my telescope, however, I don't have any solar safety equipment for solar viewing and I cannot find any online that I can get before the eclipse. Could anyone lead me to a reputable site where I could purchase solar (preferably mylar) film before the eclipse?

  • $\begingroup$ I gotta say I don't think any vendor would be able to get you the shipment in time, unless they do weekend shipping. $\endgroup$
    – Phiteros
    Aug 18, 2017 at 0:13
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    $\begingroup$ I would realise advise against any viewing of the Sun through a telescope, safety equipment or not. Use a projection. $\endgroup$ Aug 18, 2017 at 10:17

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Amazon has solar film sheets if that's what you're looking for. It is sold by Amazon for Thousand Oaks Optical. Amazon sometimes has next day or 2 days delivery.


If you know somebody who still owns floppy disks, you might consider recycling their inside as filter. Please test before relying on them for protecting your eyes. I did use them during the last solar eclipse as filter for my analog camera with reasonable results.


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    $\begingroup$ Not recommended by optometrist Ralph Chou. $\endgroup$
    – Mike G
    Jan 11, 2021 at 20:07
  • $\begingroup$ @MikeG I adjusted a bit the wording, thanks for your hint. $\endgroup$
    – B--rian
    Jan 11, 2021 at 20:31

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