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Smart tools to see the total eclipse on August 21

We're just a few days away from the total solar eclipse happening across America. Did you know that almost everyone is SOLD OUT of solar eclipse glasses? Don't worry … there are lots of SMART tools you can use to see the eclipse. Today I am sharing some awesome DIY eclipse viewers as well as a few products RitzCamera.com offers to help you enjoy this amazing sight. Whether you're lucky enough to be in the “path of totality” with a complete view of the total eclipse or anywhere else in North America for the partial eclipse, you'll want to be sure you don't miss out on viewing the total eclipse on August 21, 2017!

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Best equipment for viewing the solar eclipse

For beginners, Ritz Camera has some easy-to-use options. The Meade Instruments Coronado Personal Solar Telescope (PST) can be purchased for $699 and will have you seeing the sun like you've never seen it before. With its superior 0.5 Angstrom bandpass for increased surface detail, studying the solar disk is within reach for anyone. Another great option that provides novice astronomers with quality and performance is the Meade Instruments ETX80 Observer 80mm f/5 Achromat Refractor Telescope that has even more advanced features than the previous models for only $349.

If you're a little more advanced, check out the Meade Instruments EclipseView 114mm Reflecting Telescope for $189.99 for some on-the-go fun. This lightweight and compact telescope gives excellent 360º observation and comes with a removable white-light Solar Filter for use both day and night. Ritz Camera also has the Meade Instruments EclipseView 76mm Reflecting Telescope available for $129.99. Both of these telescopes are perfectly safe to view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Last Minute DIY ways to view the eclipse

If you are reading this the day of the eclipse, I totally got your back! My friend Kristy created this fun video sharing a few ways to view the eclipse on paper using common household items like a Ritz cracker or a spice lid. Watch the video below to see all of these quirky, easy ideas for viewing the eclipse:

Check out these additional resources before you have to wait another 38 years to truly see this awe-inspiring event!

Leave a comment letting me know where you are viewing the eclipse from!!

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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