1. Daylight Sky Plastic Solar Eclipse Glasses ($13 for three)

To avoid eye damage, certified safety glasses are a must for viewing Aug. 21's eclipse. Cardboard glasses will do just fine, but a three-pack of these sturdier plastic alternatives is a smart splurge if you have young kids. Buy them at Amazon.

2. Celestron EclipSmart 2x Power Viewers ($10)

For a slightly closer look at the eclipse, this inexpensive power viewer offers the same eye protection as standard eclipse glasses plus 2x magnification. Each package of two comes with an eclipse map. Buy them at Amazon.

3. Meade EclipseView 10x50 Binoculars ($70)

See the solar corona in detail with these 10x binoculars, which have removable solar filters and are "built to last," thanks to rubber armoring. A padded carrying case is included. Buy them at Amazon.

4. DayStar Solar Filter ($16)

You'll need a camera filter if you plan to take any pictures of the eclipse, and for the casual photographer, a cardboard lens cover like this one should do just fine. The filters also work on telescopes. Buy it at B&H Photo Video.

5. Starbound Observer's Chair ($123)

A reclining lawn chair is the best choice if you'll be watching with binoculars. This specialty chair is most useful to telescope users, and has a seat that adjusts to any height. "Your back will thank you." Buy it at Amazon.

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