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    Default Looking for advice on sun filter.



    Hello,
    I'm preparing for a trip down south for the upcoming sun eclipse this August as wanted to get a nice sun filter for my telescope. Wanted to see what people used and liked and recomend. I'm using celestron SE6.

    Thanks all!!

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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Inexpensive look at Gosky on Amazon. If you want quality look at Kendrick custom made filters. Both use Baader solar film which I highly recommend.
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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Well, if you're heading down by me, I'd recommend an umbrella, LOL sorry I couldn't resist.

    I'm gonna use my glass Orion one on my 127mak, I bought it for the transit of Venus.
    The mylar Baader ones are fine also.

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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    You can also get some Baader solar film on it's own and make your own filter. That is what I plan on doing. There are many YouTube videos and websites on DIY solar filters. The Baader solar film has really great reviews.
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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Made mine from Baader film.




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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    I am also heading down to Charleston SC, to see this thing. I thought about taking my scope but I am leaving it here. The only thing I'm taking is my camera tripod and 550D, I have purchased a couple solar filters that slip over the 35mm lens. Baader ASBF 60 AstroSolar Binoculars Solar Filter - 60 mm - ASBF-60. They are on order. I will do a little practicing when they arrive, they look pretty decent. I just can't see taking my scope and mount down there and trying to do this. After all it will be pretty quick shutter speeds up until totality and then I will move my ISO or aperture or both when it starts getting around totality. I will also control my camera with BackyardEOS. Good luck to you sir!
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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Quote Originally Posted by vfxjunky View Post
    Hello,
    I'm preparing for a trip down south for the upcoming sun eclipse this August as wanted to get a nice sun filter for my telescope. Wanted to see what people used and liked and recomend. I'm using celestron SE6.

    Thanks all!!
    The most affordable way is to make your own from the Baader film. My glass filters from Orion are better than my film ones, but only very marginally.

    The 6" SCT (even with a focal reducer if you have one) has a very long focal length for viewing a solar eclipse. Filtered binoculars will be much better. See how much of the moon you can get in your field of view to get an idea, and remember, you will want to see the surrounding area as well.

    In addition to my binos, I will set up my ST80 (400mm) on a small goto alt/az mount for a different perspective. During totality, nothing but the eyeballs.

    Where is your planned destination? I live in Hopkinsville Ky. the exact center and position of longest possible duration of totality for the eclipse and plan to view from my driveway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    The most affordable way is to make your own from the Baader film. My glass filters from Orion are better than my film ones, but only very marginally.

    The 6" SCT (even with a focal reducer if you have one) has a very long focal length for viewing a solar eclipse. Filtered binoculars will be much better. See how much of the moon you can get in your field of view to get an idea, and remember, you will want to see the surrounding area as well.

    In addition to my binos, I will set up my ST80 (400mm) on a small goto alt/az mount for a different perspective. During totality, nothing but the eyeballs.

    Where is your planned destination? I live in Hopkinsville Ky. the exact center and position of longest possible duration of totality for the eclipse and plan to view from my driveway.
    Your a lucky man OZ, got room for another in your drive way...LOL
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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Quote Originally Posted by MadMaxwellSmart View Post
    Your a lucky man OZ, got room for another in your drive way...LOL
    If you're going to be in the area, yes I do have room for you to view. Another forum member (hey Rick if you happen to see this) will be coming down for the event. I'm taking vacation the week before and week of, getting excited.

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    Default Re: Looking for advice on sun filter.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    If you're going to be in the area, yes I do have room for you to view. Another forum member (hey Rick if you happen to see this) will be coming down for the event. I'm taking vacation the week before and week of, getting excited.
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