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    Hello,

    I've been looking for a good solar filter for my 6" SCT. I've found a bunch, but I really don't know what I should be looking at. I don't want to mess this up by buying a subpar solar filter and risk damaging my telescope (not to mention my eyes). There's some inexpensive filter sheets on Amazon that you could use to make your own filter for much less money, but I don't know if I want to take that route, for the same reason.

    That said, what are some good, quality solar filters out there that someone looking for one should take an interest in?

    All advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Default Re: Solar Filters

    You can make your own using some Baader AstroSolar Saftey Film.
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    Default Re: Solar Filters

    I use the Baader ASTF-200 for my scope. They have one for your size aperture. I really recommend them as being very safe and easy to use. They can be a bit expensive but the quality of the film and the holder make it a good choice for solar viewing.

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    Default Re: Solar Filters

    I have a 5" glass one from these guys: Thousand Oaks Optical
    The Sun is yellow-orange through this one.

    And, an 8" film one from these guys: AstroZap
    The Sun is white through this one.

    They are both good quality filters, as are the ones John mentioned from Kendrick Astro. I think Orion also sells good ones. If you go 10", or bigger, you probably want to consider an off-axis type filter.

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