- Filtering Wavelength: White Light
- White Light Solar Filter Material: Glass
Enjoy the portability of solar glasses with the power of binoculars! Solar binoculars bring together the best of both worlds! Safely observe the finer details of the sun’s surface. You will be amazed when you use these for a solar eclipse! Watch the Sun become blocked from view and come back again without having to look away. Eclipse Binoculars are also a great option because there is little setup involved, so you can easily pass around the binoculars and share your views with friends and family.
Learning the lingo for binoculars will help you find a pair best suited for your needs. Binoculars are defined by two numbers, such as 7 x 35. The 7 is your magnification while 35 is the objective lens diameter. Eye relief is also important because it determines how far the rear eyepiece lens is from your eye when looking into the binocular. Also be sure to look at the binoculars’ field of view to determine how wide of an area you will be able to see out of the binoculars.
There are certain precautions you must take in order to safely view the Sun. Before viewing, always inspect your binoculars and do not use if there are any scratches or damages. Older solar binoculars recommend discarding the product after 3 years, as the filter gradually disintegrates. However, this is not the case for many modern Sun-viewing accessories. Always consult an expert to confirm if you can safely use your older solar binoculars.
Another option for viewing a partially eclipsed Sun safely is via pinhole projection. There are pinhole projectors you can make out of a cereal box so you can view the shadow of a partially eclipsed Sun. Or you can even loosely criss-cross your fingers into a waffle pattern and look at your hands’ shadow on the ground. The tiny spaces between your fingers will project a grid of small crescent images on the ground of the Sun in a partial eclipse. Again, never look directly at the Sun without proper eye protection. Viewing the Sun without protective eyewear can lead to permanent eye damage.