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    Default Where to find lens or filter to view sun?



    I've got nowhere to ask, so I'll ask here, if anyone is willing to help answer a small question.

    Currently I have little interest in astronomy due to multiple issues of time, but I am wondering what is the most profound way of viewing the sun through a filter with the naked eye, or binoculars. I have read multiple articles and topics regarding the issue, but I seem to have no avail to actually locating said filter for use.

    Where do I head off too to buy such a thing? I'd imagine a general astronomy shop, and just buy a pair of welder-14 glasses or something, but I'd like a method that is actually safe and...well, more mind-easing. I tried looking at the sun earlier with six pairs of glasses on, then I realized how stupid of a mistake that was. Luckily I have no damage, and I promise myself to -never-, EVER, EVER make such a ridiculous, idiotic mistake again. I should be thankful I have received no eye damage...

    So anyway, can someone here help me? I'm a bit lost as to where to actually -buy- a lens or filter, all I want to do is just view the sun once in awhile to check for a large sunspot or something like that.

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    Hi there,
    welcome. There are solar filter paper sold (quite cheap actually) and more safer glass/metal filters of about 30-50$ sold at most astronomy stores.

    Do you have a telescope? Binoculars need special filters although these are sold less frequently but you can make some with the filter paper (just be very careful to make them so they do not fall off).

    If you do not have either, then you can buy special sunglassess for solar viewing however you will not see many details. I think the money would be best spent on a cheap old refractor and use projection (without any eyepieces or diagonals - they can heat up and explode/shatter) - projected into a dark box or carboard paper. I think it is best to pay a bit to get a glass/metal filter for about $40 and and a short-tube 80mm refractor from Orion $209.95 or similar cheaper refractor (can find some used for $80 or less). That way you can use it for solar viewing (with great magnification and a yellow disk) and use it also for astronomy. I do not know as much about binocular solar viewing but I believe it may be quite cheap if you already have binos or can find them cheap - at least cheaper than the scope combination.
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    For ideas and safety check here. Observing the Sun for Yourself
    I have made filters for my binos, as Admin says, make sure they are not loose fitting. You can browse online at all the good makers, like Orion Celestron..etc They are all covered in the accessories areas of there web pages.
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