|Solar Viewing Devices|
|You may purchase bulk quantities of solar shades through Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), which has been a strong supporter of 2012 Transit of Venus education outreach. Proceeds from sales of solar shades with AWB branding will benefit the non-profit organization, with the following volume pricing available:
1 - 25 for $0.95 each
25 - 99 for $0.85 each
100 - 250 for $0.75 each
251 - 499 for $0.60 each
500 - 999 for $0.50 each
1000+ for $0.45 each
|Eclipse Shades or Solar Shades appear similar to sunglasses, but they have a special filter that permits safe viewing if the filter is in new condition. Eclipse/solar shades are commercially available through Rainbow Symphony and other retailers listed at http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityApC.html under "Solar Filters."
Before looking at the sun, inspect the material to make sure the lenses are not scratched or compromised in any way. If so, discard the shades.
|Solar filters for telescopes are available from retailers listed at http://www.mreclipse.com/Totality/TotalityApC.html under "Solar Filters." At left is version from Kendrick Astro Instruments that has set screws to secure filter in place and a solar finder for aligning the telescope.
|The Sunspotter is commercially available from Science First. The compact unit projects an image of the sun onto a white surface.
|BinoMite Solar Binoculars, Personal Solar Telescopes (PSTs), Coronado Solar Max telescopes, and solar filters are commercially available from Meade Telescopes.|
|The Venuscope and solar shades are commercially available from SODAP-SOBOMEX- Department Sky & Space.|
|A Solarscope is commercially available from Light Tec Optical Instruments. It and other solar viewing sources are listed at http://www.scsastro.co.uk/category/solar-viewing.