WEST SEATTLE ECLIPSE WATCHING: Where to look for special glasses

EDITOR’S NOTE: With nine days until the solar eclipse, we’re getting questions about where to get viewing glasses, and West Seattle’s best-known sky-watcher has put together a list. Watch for more pre-eclipse coverage here tomorrow and beyond, too.

By Alice Enevoldsen
Special to West Seattle Blog

I will tell you where you can get safe eclipse glasses after two short paragraphs of safety information; my conscience won’t let me skip the safety warnings.

Eclipse Glasses

You absolutely need special equipment to see this event safely.

Eclipse glasses are also called solar-observing glasses and they are not related to sunglasses. There are only a handful of companies that make glasses that meet the current international standard of safety.

To use glasses safely:

*Check that they are marked compliant with the safety standard ISO 12312-2:2015

*Check that the lenses are flat and free from scratches, punctures, or damage. Discard them if there are problems.

*Stand still, looking away from the Sun.

*Put on the glasses.

*Look toward the Sun.

*If the Sun looks bright, or your eyes get tired from the glare, then the filter is letting too much light though. Look away and use a different filter.

“West” Seattle Sources for Eclipse Glasses

I’ve included some farther than West Seattle because everywhere has limited supplies. Most of these locations have the glasses behind the main counter.

Seattle Public Library Branches — FREE!

All the branches of the Seattle Public Library are participating in the Space Science Institute’s STAR_Net Initiative with support from NASA, Google, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. You can pick up one pair per family while supplies last.

(UPDATE: Since we published this – we’ve been told Seattle Public Library branches are OUT. So scroll down to the other suggestions. Ken @ High Point Library says that branch’s eclipse-viewing gathering 8:30-11:30 am on the 21st will have glasses to share. ALSO see comments below this story for additional locations reported by readers.)

(Friendly local librarians at High Point Branch are standing by to assist you in staying safe during the eclipse!)

High Point Branch
3411 SW Raymond
206-684-7454

Delridge Library
5423 Delridge Way SW
206-733-9125

South Park Branch
8604 8th Ave. S.
206-615-1688

West Seattle (Admiral) Branch
2306 42nd SW
206-684-7444

Southwest Branch
9010 35th SW
206-684-7455

South Seattle College Bookstore — $3-$4
6000 16th Ave SW, at Jerry Brockey Center (not the Library!)
See website for hours

(South Seattle Bookstore’s glasses, showcasing the safety information and ISO compliance)

Museum of Flight Store — $5-$6 (with map)
9404 E. Marginal Way South
206-764-5700

(Museum of Flight’s Solar Viewing Glasses + Map combo)

Cloud Break Optics — $10 for 5 (in Ballard)
2821 NW Market Street, STE G
206-327-9826

Cloud Break Optics is locally-owned, and also has all options for safely viewing the eclipse including eclipse binoculars, solar scopes, and solar filters for telescopes.

Pacific Science Center Store
200 2nd Ave N
206-448-2627

7-Eleven?

All 7-Elevens received solar viewing glasses, but I have yet to find a local 7-Eleven store that is not sold out.

Online

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific still has stock as of publication.
Lunt Solar Systems also still has stock, and they have a smaller size available as well.
The American Astronomical Society lists many other sources, but does not track availability.

Resources:

NASA Eclipse 2017
Interactive Google Map #1*
Interactive Google Map #2 (works better on phones than #1)
American Astronomical Society Eclipse 2017
Mr. Eclipse
Stellarium: free planetarium software for your home computer, or Android device. Bring up the sky for anywhere in the world, any time and date in history or the future.
Clear Sky Chart: the astronomer’s forecast for the next couple days. Cloudcover, darkness, and “seeing” which is how nice it is to view the stars, all on one handy chart.
USNO: dates and times of astronomical happenings.
International Dark Sky Association: how to help your neighbors enjoy the night sky.

Who is Alice?
Although she is an astronomy instructor for South Seattle College and a volunteer with NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors program, the suggestions and opinions put forth in this article are Alice’s own and not those of any of those organizations. You can find more about astronomy from Alice at alicesastroinfo.com or on Twitter as @AlicesAstroInfo and Facebook

104 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE ECLIPSE WATCHING: Where to look for special glasses"

  • Pixie B August 12, 2017 (4:40 pm)

    As of Last Wednesday the we were told at SW Library that Delridge is the only library in WS to have the glasses.  All others were given out. Unless they got more in, I’d call first.

  • eclipse eyewear August 12, 2017 (4:57 pm)

    i was at the delridge library earlier this afternoon, asked for a pair, and was told they have no more–they’ve given them all out and most other branches are also out, according to the one librarian i spoke to. not sure how accurate that is for every branch across the city but thought i’d share what i was told.

    :(

    • WSB August 12, 2017 (5:02 pm)

      Ken from High Point Library just e-mailed to say that. It’s not mentioned on the SPL website, and I would think that would be something they’d want to put in big bold letters. We’ll research further. Alice sent us the story just a ~day ago … so the research is recent. But I’ll add the disclaimer.

      • Alice August 12, 2017 (11:51 pm)

        The research is recent, but everywhere has very, very limited supplies. Between the time I went to all these places and send the list in, Museum of Flight sold out of all their single pairs and are down to the map+glasses sets.

        This list will evolve over the next nine days: keep commenting!

  • Azimuth August 12, 2017 (5:22 pm)

    Not quite WS but Fred Meyer has had plenty. $1.99 each 

    • WSB August 12, 2017 (5:56 pm)

      Thank you! I meant to add ‘and please let us know if you see them elsewhere’ ….

    • Alice August 12, 2017 (11:48 pm)

      Awesome! The more places we can get on this list the better.

  • Chris Stripinis August 12, 2017 (7:11 pm)

    I got some at Big 5 Sporting Goods in Westwood Village.  $2 each, right at the register.

    • WSB August 12, 2017 (7:34 pm)

      Thanks for the additional suggestions!

    • Paula August 17, 2017 (12:32 pm)

      They’re all sold out  

  • Sue August 12, 2017 (7:13 pm)

    I saw some at QFC

    • Alice August 12, 2017 (11:48 pm)

      Ooo! Thanks for the report.

  • Bill August 12, 2017 (7:15 pm)

    Welding glasses number 14. Or poke a hole in a piece of paper and see the shadow.

    • Alice August 12, 2017 (11:54 pm)

      There are a plethora of methods to safely observe the eclipse. SAFETY DISCLAIMER: do not look through the pinhole: the pinhole is for projection.

      (I can’t tell you know this, Bill, from your phrasing, but it bears stating explicitly for other readers just in case)

      Details: http://mreclipse.com/Totality3/TotalityCh11.html

  • Hillary August 12, 2017 (7:47 pm)

    I’m peeved at Amazon! Bought mine months ago just to get the recall email today. Second time I’ve had to deal with counterfeit issues from them. Now I have to scramble!

  • Someone in Genesee August 12, 2017 (9:04 pm)

    Don’t forget that if you are using a camera to photograph it, you can seriously injure yourself or destroy the camera’s sensor. The following link contains information to safely photograph it for you & your camera. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/tips-and-solutions/how-photograph-solar-eclipse

  • CAM August 12, 2017 (9:47 pm)

    If you bought glasses from Amazon check your email. 

    http://www.kgw.com/news/eclipse/amazon-recalling-some-solar-eclipse-glasses-week-before-event/463899601

  • Janice August 13, 2017 (8:05 am)

    Metzgers Maps (by Pike Place Market)

  • HappyOnAlki August 13, 2017 (8:58 am)

    Lowe’s on Rainier, last time I checked — the legit ones.

  • aRF August 13, 2017 (10:48 am)

    As of Sunday morning:

    -Big 5 sold out

    -Fred Meyer had a lot of stock of the Explore Scientific Sun Catcher models (which meet the ISO safety standard).

    • WSB August 13, 2017 (10:49 am)

      Thank you for the update!

  • Sd August 13, 2017 (2:53 pm)

    Not in West Seattle but Warby Parker had them for free 

  • Kay Rood August 13, 2017 (3:12 pm)

    Fred Meyer in Burien replenished their supply this morning and we got two pair @ $1.99 ea. about 20 minutes ago.

  • AJP August 13, 2017 (3:45 pm)

    I got mine months ago. Ha ha!

  • LP August 13, 2017 (4:54 pm)

    Metskers maps is out…

    Burien Fred Meyers is out…

    Raninier Lowe’s is out!

    We are still searching!

  • Youngharvard August 13, 2017 (4:55 pm)

    Pacific Science Center is out of individual glasses. Still has some book and glasses kits!

  • SueY August 13, 2017 (5:32 pm)

    I just called Fred Meyer in Burien.  They told me they’re sold out, “check back tomorrow.”

  • Melinda August 14, 2017 (9:42 am)

    I just placed an order online at Cloud Break Optics. You can use the store’s address as shipping destination to pick up at the store.  There were 60 left (5 glasses for $10) as of 9:40am Mon morning.

    I called all local Fred Meyer, Lowes, Big 5- all sold out as of this morning. Big 5 in Ballard said they might have more in a shipment received this morning, but you would have to call this afternoon to confirm.

    Happy viewing!

    • WSB August 14, 2017 (9:53 am)

      Thank you for the update!

    • KJK August 14, 2017 (1:38 pm)

             Thanks for the Cloud Break Optics info.   As of 1pm today (Monday )they still have some left with expediated shipping.   

  • Jen Kantzer August 14, 2017 (11:58 am)

    I just picked up 15 from Fred Meyer in Renton. They still have a small display but the cashier said she’s had four calls today asking already, the first calls she’s had. 

    • TeacherMom August 14, 2017 (2:20 pm)

      The Renton/Benson FM says they are out, but my son just picked some up in Kent, at the Fred Meyer on 240th. Farther south, Auburn also says they have some.

    • Chris August 15, 2017 (3:36 pm)

      Are you willing to sell a pair or 2?

  • seattlesunburn August 14, 2017 (2:23 pm)

    I just called the bookstore at South Seattle College and was told they’re sold out  :(

  • Nathalie August 14, 2017 (4:18 pm)

    Just called the Burien Fred Meyer, they got a new shipment of “hundreds” in.

  • Irishlady August 14, 2017 (6:42 pm)

    Fred Meyer in Renton has a ton as of this morning. (The one by Walmart on Rainer)

  • Luna Park August 14, 2017 (8:18 pm)

    As of about an hour ago, Burien Fred Meyer is out again. They went through 800 today alone.

  • KH August 14, 2017 (9:50 pm)

    Thanks for the cloud optics online shop tip! Been running around all over the eastside and westside to no avail. They have qty 74 (5 pack) left with expedited shipping as of this post.

  • Seabruce August 14, 2017 (10:24 pm)

    Surprised no entrepreneur WSB sponsor didn’t make up some promo glasses to give away.

  • Amy August 14, 2017 (10:25 pm)

    Benson/Renton Fred Meyer had them this morning.

  • Jane August 15, 2017 (11:08 am)

    I just walked in and purchased an eclipse viewing kit at Cloud Break Optics in Ballard. They still have the single glasses at the counter (which can also be purchased as packs of 5 and 10).

    Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm.

    2821 NW Market Street, STE G
    Seattle, WA 98107
    matt@cloudbreakoptics.com
    Phone: 206-327-9826 

  • keden August 15, 2017 (11:23 am)

    There were still a few at Fred Meyer in Renton this morning.

  • tckhan August 15, 2017 (12:17 pm)

    Wife just now, bought us some at the FredMeyer at 17801 108th Ave SE, Renton.   $2/ea

    The one near Walmart was out.  

    Clerk told her someone just bought 250 of them,  assuming they were gonna resell.  

    • Jeff August 15, 2017 (2:01 pm)

      Just bought 4 at Fred Meyer Benson Plaza, at Electronics Department. They have about 100 left!

      • Scott Smith August 15, 2017 (3:49 pm)

        I just picked up a couple pairs from here. They had maybe twenty left in the display at the end of checkout 2. 

  • PLS August 15, 2017 (1:11 pm)

    Can confirm that Junction QFC and Trader Joe’s have none.

  • wsDodgeChallengerOwner August 15, 2017 (1:43 pm)

    I remember the good old days when you could make an eclipse viewer with paper and a pencil :-)

  • Stella August 15, 2017 (2:15 pm)

    Just bought 3 pair for $5/each at Cloud Break Optics in Ballard/Seattle next to LockSpot.  There was a steady line when I was there. 

  • sam-c August 15, 2017 (4:33 pm)

    Well, we managed to get glasses for our family ahead of time about a week and a half ago at Fred Meyer, and another pair at the library, but I have a meeting from 9am-10am (and it will likely run over as it usually does). Who plans a meeting during the eclipse ?!?!?    

    • WSB August 15, 2017 (4:38 pm)

      Given the level of fascination, should be a holiday!

      • Sam-c August 15, 2017 (8:32 pm)

        Seriously! Really should be a holiday. I’d love to call in “sick” but i also want to stay employed.

  • AVB August 15, 2017 (5:28 pm)

    I also picked up some at the Benson Fred Meyer.   Thanks for the info

  • Lynda P. August 15, 2017 (5:40 pm)

    Up in the North Seattle area today–Went today to Ballard Fred Meyer, Ballard 7/11, Lowes and Home Depot on Aurora in N Seattle, Target and public library at Northgate–none were available at these locations.  Still looking

  • Sonny August 15, 2017 (6:14 pm)

    My order came today and I bought a few extra. $10 each delivered. ISO certified safe!  Cash only. Text 206-855-5533

  • Sonny August 15, 2017 (6:27 pm)

    I’m trying to make a little gas money to get to totality! 😜

  • lynn Bursten August 15, 2017 (7:06 pm)

    I’d like to buy two

    • Sonny August 15, 2017 (8:35 pm)

      Sure! Thanks! Send me a text

  • John August 16, 2017 (8:37 am)

    Looking on south end today

    • Emma August 16, 2017 (9:38 am)

      Let me know if you find any. I’ve called several places today. No luck. Fred Meyer, home depot, Lowe’s, library, cloud optics, 7-11…..

  • 3xcharmama August 16, 2017 (10:21 am)

    I just talked with both Fred Meyer and Big 5, they are sold out ACROSS THE STATE so none of those stores have any more as of 10am Wednesday August 16th

  • Rachel August 16, 2017 (11:42 am)

    Please let me know if anyone has seen some in stock (Wed 11:30am). Thanks! 

  • Mia August 16, 2017 (1:38 pm)

    I bought 2 pairs of the solar glasses in Cloud Break Optics this morning (1130 wed). They seem to have tons of their original glasses (of course ISO certified). But there were stable lines while I was there. 

  • WSB August 16, 2017 (1:40 pm)

    The library says it’s officially all out everywhere, for those still looking.

    But as mentioned earlier, they plan to have glasses available for sharing during viewing parties on eclipse morning at High Point and South Park …

    • Jaygee August 16, 2017 (1:45 pm)

      Central Welding Supply in Ballard still has glasses. $20 apiece though.

  • Sonny August 16, 2017 (2:40 pm)

    There has been quite a big response and I’ve met a bunch of really great neighbors! All the extra glasses are spoken for right now. I’m having my mom send some so I’ll update here when I get them on Friday. Thanks! 

    • Kjo August 16, 2017 (4:29 pm)

      Hi Sonny ~ I would love to buy a pair or two from you on Friday if you get more! Should I just look here on Friday? Thanks!

    • Kris August 16, 2017 (8:35 pm)

      I need 3 or 4 pairs if u will have to sell. On Friday. 

      Thanks

  • brad August 16, 2017 (4:31 pm)

    central welding is done

  • Jacque August 16, 2017 (8:22 pm)

    Sonny, I’m interested in a pair if you get more! 

  • Sonny August 16, 2017 (11:11 pm)
    Good news! Some more eclipse glasses will arrive in the morning. They are safe, ISO certified and are made by an approved manufacturer. 
    I’m so excited about the eclipse and really want to thank everyone who has bought glasses from me! I wouldn’t have been able to afford to make the trip to the totality zone otherwise. Thank you! 
    Not raising the price, I’ll still be selling the glasses for $10 each, cash please. My girlfriend and I will be by the Alaska junction Qfc from noon on. Look for the guy in the bright Hawaiian shirt with the big smile! 😀 If we change locations I will update here on the blog. Feel free to text me with questions or to check my location at 206-855-5533. 
    Thanks also for sharing my location and number for texts with your friends who need eclipse glasses and your nextdoor buddies! 
    • Melissa L August 17, 2017 (12:07 pm)

      Sonny – I’m at QFC, are you there?

  • dani August 16, 2017 (11:48 pm)

    SONNY! See you at noon. I want two. Thanks!

  • Drew Gulsrud August 17, 2017 (11:17 am)

    I’ll also see you there, and want four if possible! (Not being selfish, we are sharing with other families) 😊

  • Hannah August 17, 2017 (11:21 am)

    Cloud Break says they are getting more in, anyone else have leads?

    • Lynne August 17, 2017 (2:20 pm)

      Just went by Cloud Break on my lunch break thinking since it was mid day it might not be bad…. the line spanned from the store all the way into the entrance of the Ballard locks and traffic was jammed up. Guessing they will sell out very shortly if they haven’t already.

  • MTS August 17, 2017 (11:53 am)

    Sonny, are you by QFC today by any chance? I was out of town yesterday.

  • Sonny August 17, 2017 (12:01 pm)

    Sorry if anyone’s waiting? I’m stuck behind drawbridge, will be a few min late. 

    • Melissa L August 17, 2017 (12:13 pm)

      Please keep us posted!  You’ve got quite a few waiting!

    • Dennisse August 17, 2017 (1:01 pm)

      Hi!  Anyone have 2 pairs available still?  I’m in SODO.
      Thought I’d try here. :)

      Thank you!

      • Daniel August 17, 2017 (3:42 pm)

        I bought some from Amazon last week and have 2 extra pairs. They are ISO 12312-2 approved.  I will sell them for $11.00 which is less than I paid for them when you add tax and shipping. 

        206 354 9810.

        • N August 17, 2017 (7:56 pm)

          If I had extra glasses, which I don’t even have any, I would give them to kids that I knew would benefit from this once in a lifetime experience at the high needs school I worked at. 

  • reece August 17, 2017 (12:09 pm)

    Sufficient supply as of this morning.

    There are eclipse glasses available (by American Paper Optics, NASA Approved/Endorsed) @

    Golden Pizza Co.

    26220 116th Ave SE 

    Kent WA 98030

    253-852-9999

    $20/ea 

  • Nosun August 17, 2017 (12:27 pm)

    Looks fishy to me

  • JeriO August 17, 2017 (1:45 pm)

    Hi Sonny! I would love 1 pair if you still have some available. I will text you! Thanks!

  • Dani August 17, 2017 (2:19 pm)

    Sonny! Thank you so much. You are really nice!

    I think I need 2 more!

    How much longer will you be selling? Will you have any tomorrow?

  • Sonny August 17, 2017 (2:46 pm)

    I’m still at Qfc and haven’t sold out yet. I’m sitting at the picnic tables by the front door. I’m the guy with the big smile in the Hessian shirt.  Tomorrow will be my last day selling them as I’ll be on the road to totality! Thank you to all the awesome people I’ve met! 

  • Brian August 17, 2017 (3:43 pm)

    Where in Kent?

  • ED August 17, 2017 (4:18 pm)

    I bought this afternoon at Cloud Break Optics (long line about an hour and half) and the price is now changed to $5 each.

  • helen August 17, 2017 (4:19 pm)

    I will be getting a few kid size solar glasses that i would sell for $15 for each. reply to this post by tomorrow. i am leaving for Oregon Sat

    • Nancy August 17, 2017 (7:13 pm)

      I would like 1 pair of the kid size glasses if still available.

      Thank you!

  • Sonny August 17, 2017 (4:40 pm)

    I just sold the last pair for today. I’m getting another delivery tomorrow and will be selling them at the same spot, the picnic tables by the Qfc in the Alaska junction. Tomorrow is the last day I’ll be selling them as I’ll be on the road to see the eclipse in the path of totality! So excited! Thanks everyone! 

    • hope August 17, 2017 (6:40 pm)

      What time will you be there?

      • Sonny August 17, 2017 (6:53 pm)

        I’ll be at the Alaska junction Qfc before 12 and be there until I sell out. I’m still not raising the price, $10 each. Thank you! See you there! 

  • Mary August 17, 2017 (6:32 pm)

    I had to purchase a pack of 10 and only need 4. Paid $17 per pr if anyone needs any. They are from GSM sales which is one of the approved vendors. I am in West Seattle.

    • hope August 17, 2017 (6:50 pm)

      I’m interested in 2 pairs and am in west Seattle.  Can pick them up anytime.  

      Thanks 

      hope

    • Michelle August 17, 2017 (7:02 pm)

      Mary, I’d like 3 pair if you have them.  Thanks

      (206) 930-1349

      • Mary August 17, 2017 (7:29 pm)

        Sorry- they are all gone

    • Nancy August 17, 2017 (7:11 pm)

      I am interested in 4 pairs if possible and can go to West Seattle. 

      Thank you!

    • Kathy August 17, 2017 (7:26 pm)

      Mary

      I am interested in them.  We’d love four but can share if there are any.  Thanks Kathy

      206 – 941 – 2972

  • Dani August 17, 2017 (7:13 pm)

    Okay, if I am hearing you correctly you will be at QFC from noon Friday until you sell out? 

    I will try to be there right at 12PM! 

    Thank you for all the extra communication today. I know I was acting extra antsy!

    Also, thanks for keeping the price at $10. That’s amazing!

    Dani

    • Sonny August 17, 2017 (7:40 pm)

      Yes I’ll be at the Alaska junction Qfc at SW 42nd & Alaska SW a little before noon and I won’t be taking any roads with drawbridges! Don’t worry about the texts, everyone has been blowing my phone up, haha. I like how pumped up everyone is! Considering the fakes and crazy prices I understand how important the details are. Was great meeting you! Thanks! 

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