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AstroZap Visual Baader Solar Filter for 165 mm - 175 mm OD Telescopes - AZ1013-1

SKU: AZP-AZ1013-1

To ensure that the solar filter you buy will fit properly, please take a few moments and measure the outside diameter of your telescope, spotting scope or binoculars before you order. Remember, the solar filter needs to fit snugly around the front of the tube assembly that holds the optics. If the filter is slightly larger than its diameter, the filter can be made to fit by the addition of self-stick felt spacers to the inside of the cell. However, if the filter is too small it will not fit, and that would be a shame. So please, measure before you order. Thanks.

AstroZap Baader Solar Filter for 165 mm - 175 mm OD Telescopes

Constructed from lightweight 0.040" thick (18 gauge) aluminum, this powder coated white Baader AstroSolar™ Filter cell is suitable for use with optical tubes that have an outside diameter ranging from 165 mm to 175 mm. Nylon thumbscrews and solid threaded inserts guarantee secure attachment. Please remember to measure the outside diameter of your telescope to confirm that this is the appropriate solar filter before placing your order.

AstroZap Visual Baader Solar Filters

AstroZap uses Baader AstroSolar™ film to show the Sun in colorless white. Other films, along with some glass filters, produce a blurry bluish or reddish Solar image, and thus cut out part of the spectrum. It can be exceptionally hard to make out faculae regions which are detectable predominantly in the blue wing of the spectrum, particularly with an orange sun.

AstroSolar film, due to its neutral color balance, permits the use of an assortment of color (or interference) filters to allow the viewer to focus on certain spectral passbands for inspections of distinct solar "atmosphere" layers.

As it features coatings on each side, AstroSolar™ film has virtually no pinholes. This double coating makes the likelihood of two pinholes overlapping each other extremely small. Pinholes do occur, but in only 1 out of 10,000 and only in optical density 2.5! Baader AstroSolar™ safety film has been approved for safe direct solar viewing by Germany's National Bureau of Standards, the PTB. This film has been CE-tested per EG-Norm 89/686 and EN 169/92 (notified body 0196), contrary to other solar filters currently on the market. All procedures related to the manufacturing of this filter are examined thoroughly. Coatings are rigorously tested for consistency to ensure 100% eye safety!

What About Your Finderscope?

Adding this solar filter to your telescope will adequately filter the light coming through your focuser, but have you considered what you’ll do about your finder scope?

Here are some suggestions for dealing with your finder that will assure you do not damage your eyes (or anyone else’s) by looking at the Sun through your telescope’s unfiltered finder:

  • Remove Your Finder. Ditching your finderscope when solar viewing will remove the possibility of someone accidentally looking through it to spot the Sun. Of course, not having a finder makes centering the Sun in your eyepiece more difficult, but with practice, it can be done. Set the mount down so the telescope is pointing in the direction of the Sun. Put the main solar filter on so you can check your progress, and then move the telescope around until it casts a shadow that produces a nice, sharp silhouette of the scope. The OTA will look circular. Now move your telescope up or down with your hand controller, slow motion controls, or very carefully by hand if required while looking through the eyepiece. You will not get a warning when you are close, but you should be able to align with the Sun using this method. Practice ahead of time before any big event, like an eclipse, to make sure you’ve got the process down.

  • Filter Your Optical Finder. This solution is not recommended for a reflex or red dot finder since it is too easy to accidentally look around the window. If you have one of these finders we recommend you either remove it or replace it with a dedicated solar finder (see below).

To make your optical finderscope safe for solar viewing you’ll need to buy a piece of Baader Solar Film for Visual Use. This film comes in different size sheets and cuts easily with scissors, allowing you to make your own filter. You can go super low-tech and use a rubber band to hold a piece of the film firmly around the finder or you can get fancy and build your own slip-on solar filter. However you attach the solar film, you need to make sure there are no light leaks at all and that it doesn’t accidentally fall off when you move your telescope around. Any unused film can store flat between two pieces of cardboard and will keep for years. It is nice to have around, just in case of a solar emergency :-)

  • Buy a Dedicated Solar Finder. Check out the Tele Vue Sol-Searcher Solar Finder. This special finder can only be used when observing the Sun, but it works very well. The Sol-Searcher is reasonably priced and can be attached to your telescope with Velcro or with #10-32 screws (user supplied).