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Use of vintage eyepiece sun filters.

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#201 Jim Curry

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 07:44 PM

Well, after having a drawer full of these solar eyepieces knocking around for decades I put one to work last week as a monocle filter for sunspot viewing and eclipse catching.



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#202 joecomet


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Posted 28 January 2015 - 08:08 PM

When I found the family old five section 70mm refractor of 1800's vintagea at age 12, it had a smoked lens that fliped over the first lens of the eyepiece.  With nobody in the family that new anything about using the scope , I was on my own.  Dumbutt me pointed (had it on a camera tripood) it at the sun an rotated the first section to focus.  I don't know how I managed not to burn my retna, as this sun lens then fliped over and exposed me to what ever mag that old lens was giving.  Ach will! Nobody said growing up was safe or easy.  Lucky to still be here at 75.


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Back to the old Tom Clark built (Coulter mirror) 10"

Edited by joecomet, 28 January 2015 - 08:14 PM.

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