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    Default Review of Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter



    I have a full-aperture homemade Baader astrosolar film filter for my 8" Dob, and it works great, but I wanted something for my new 12" Dob. So last Friday, I ordered an Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter in the largest size they made (14.21" inner diameter). I wanted to watch the Mercury Transit with it, so I really cut it close on delivery time, but it arrived today, in what reminded me of a pizza box!

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    As I feared, when I tried to put it on the scope, it was just a bit too small. My workaround was to unscrew the end cap from the Dob's tube (held by 6 screws) and then the filter slid right over the top and snugged down with the 3 thumbscrews.

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    As far as performance, it met my expectations. The filter material is basically the same as the Baader astrosolar film, so I knew what to expect. Sunspots, faculae, and granulation were all visible. The contrast and view was improved a bit with an O-III filter attached to the eyepiece, but I didn't really like staring at a green Sun, so I removed it for most of my viewing. Here is a quick afocal snapshot of the view. More detail was visible than shows up on this photo.

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    Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase, but wish they had made the filter another quarter of an inch larger. It will be a bit of a pain to remove the metal end cap every time I wish to do daytime viewing. But the filter looks ultra-cool and the view is worth any hassle.

    Unfortunately, the forecast for Monday's transit looks bleak. We're supposed to have thunderstorms all day. But with all the cloudy nights we've been having this spring, having the option to do some daytime solar viewing is at least a plus.

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    Default Re: Review of Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter

    Nice Tom. Hopefully the weather gives you a break for Monday.
    I'm taking my 80mm table top to work. Hopefully it won't be too busy so I can play with the Sun and Mercury.
    I've always wondered how the view is through the Orion Filter for a 12 incher, and you answered my question.
    I was surprised to hear you can see faculae and granulation. Now it's on my wish list.
    Some day, my CFO... er... um... I mean wife will get the hint.
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    Default Re: Review of Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter

    Congrats on the filter, Tom. It looks great on the scope. Man, I really need to get one, though I too wish they made them a hair larger in diameter.

    Thunderstorms here Monday, as well.
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    Default Re: Review of Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter

    Its hard to believe that they don't fit a scope they were pretty much designed for!
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    Default Re: Review of Orion Deluxe Safety Film filter

    Quote Originally Posted by UlteriorModem View Post
    Its hard to believe that they don't fit a scope they were pretty much designed for!
    Well, technically, Orion Dobs are Synta, and Zhumell Dobs are GSO.

 

 

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