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#1 janis

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:15 PM

I'm a newbie with an Orion Skyquest 4.5. I'm reading that the film filters are better than the more expensive glass. So if I buy the Orion solar filter that fits my scope, does it just install on the front? Do I need to do anything else to safely look at the sun?

 

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#2 Roland David

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:27 PM

Hi Janis,

 

Yes, just install it in a safe manner in front of your telescope (well fixed, no danger wind or anyting else will blow it away).  And also, cover or remove your finder to be on the safe side.  Use the shadow of your scope to align with the sun (when the shadow will be minimal, you should see the sun in you eyepiece).

 

Good luck and safe viewing.



#3 leveye

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:58 PM

You may even want to make your own with baader film using an aperture mask design. Very inexpensive to do.



#4 sink45ny

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:08 PM

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Baader Solar filter - http://agenaastro.co...lanetarium.html

 

To make your own filter for your scope this is what you would need from a craft store.

Parts needed - Wooden Embroidery Hoop
Glue gun
Felt


Edited by sink45ny, 20 March 2017 - 10:21 PM.


#5 viewer

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:28 PM

I'm so little DIY, so I went: http://astrosolar.co...-camera-lenses/

and http://www.televue.c..._page.asp?id=66 + https://www.amazon.c...2/dp/B000B785PE

 

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Edited by viewer, 21 March 2017 - 01:44 PM.



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