The Solar Eclipse on August 2017 in North America of the Sun will be a good one, depending on where you are.
How an eclipse occurs: The moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow.
WARNING! Do not observe the sun directly during an eclipse.
At any time, or any stage of the eclipse. Irreparable damage may occur
to your eyes.
Here is what you can do:
1) Obtain a #14 Welders glass and observe directly through the glass
(not the best method, but will suffice in a pinch).
2) Buy a special pair of Eclipse viewing glasses
Also: Low Cost binoculars specially designed for solar viewing are also
now available from Meade, Celestron on our website. Be sure to check them out!
3) Use a special Mylar filter designed for fitting over the front of your telescope
and specifically made for solar observing. (note: Mylar filters have better performance over glass).
And it just so happens, that the sun is quite active right now as well.
Clear and Sunny skies
PS We do have different types of solar filters in stock, and solar eclipse glasses as well. Not to mention Solar telescopes! Check out the website at: www.khanscope.com
Warning: Do not use any type of glass thread in filters that are inserted into
the eyepiece of a telescope. Many older telescope manufactured in the 1960's and 1970's may include these. If you have one, throw it away immediately. Why? They may crack whilst being used and you won't be able to move your eyeball fast enough before the damage occurs.