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#1 RickV

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:27 PM

Here's something that may be of interest to those of you with solar scopes.

My solar scopes are small 50 - 66mm gems that fit into small foam-lined aluminum cases.  There is no room for a commerical solar finder that sticks up from the telescope... can't close the lid.  What I needed was a solar finder that was collapsible.  Here's what I made.

Collapsed

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Deployed

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Seeking to center the sun

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More Seeking

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More seeking

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Got it!

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The dimensions are 4.5 inch long x 1.5 inches wide and 1/4 inch high - made from 1/8 inch thick aluminum.  The small hinges are brass from a hardware store.

Mounted on my Lunt LS50, my solar finder lies nice and flat in my telescope case.


Edited by RickV, 20 March 2017 - 06:28 PM.

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