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    Hey guys,

    Ive recently been looking into what equipment i need to get before i can safely look at the sun through my telescope. I have a Meade polaris 90mm Equatorial refractor telescope. What solar filter would be best for my telescope? Also do i need any other equipment other than the filter? Would purchasing all of this for my telescope be worth it?

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    Default Re: Solar filters

    Quote Originally Posted by cwest1996 View Post
    Hey guys,

    Ive recently been looking into what equipment i need to get before i can safely look at the sun through my telescope. I have a Meade polaris 90mm Equatorial refractor telescope. What solar filter would be best for my telescope? Also do i need any other equipment other than the filter? Would purchasing all of this for my telescope be worth it?
    Hello, you may want to try looking through these links below contained within this forum to find some answers to your questions. I'm in the Solar group and they are very friendly and helpful and knowledgeable.



    Solar Viewing Forum

    Solar Viewing & Imaging - Astronomy Forums | Telescope Forums & Reviews | Astronomy Community
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    Default Re: Solar filters

    There are a few recent threads that ask this same question. Basically, you can buy Baader film and make your own, or purchase ready made film or glass white light solar filters that fit the diameter of your OTA's end lens. You should either do the same with your finderscope or cap or remove it since you can easily harm your eyes trying to line up our star with your scope.

    For myself, I went with two glass solar filters, one for the finder scope and one for the scope itself, and bought them from thousandoaksoptical.com because I liked the orange/yellow color it gives me. The Baader film may give you better contrast but the color is in the grey region.

    Thousand Oaks Optical Solar: Solar Filters

    from Orion telescopes: Orion Telescopes: Search Results on 'solar filter'

    There are other places too.
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    Default Re: Solar filters

    Thank you. very helpful!

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    Default Re: Solar filters

    When I decided to look at the sun, I got some of that dark film stuff and made a holder for it.
    It did not do what I wanted.
    So I got a Baader filter cell, then made an adapter for the cell to fit my telescopes dew shield.
    That gave me the Sun Spots, Baby.



    But wait, there's more!

    I also have an Orion eyepiece camera. (~$60)
    I like to use that connected to my laptop. Gives me something besides my eyeball to burn out if something goes wrong.
    Besides, I can capture images that way.

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    SonnyE:

    I like your video!

    I took this one with just my DSLR attached at prime focus to my Edge 8 inch

    Partial Solar Eclipse 10-2014.JPG

    Partial Solar Eclipse in 2014....the large sunspot on this image is about the size of the planet Jupiter.
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    I like it, Seawolfe!
    Sunspots with a smile.
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