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Orion Glass Solar Filter - Inside Diameter of 4.10" - 07733
- Observe the sun using a safe optical glass filter. Fits perfectly over your telescope's aperture, blocking 99.9% of incoming sunlight and without damaging your eyes.
- This Orion solar filter pairs perfectly with the Orion Observer 70mm, StarSeeker 80mm, ShortTube 80mm and AstroView 90mm refractors. As well as Apex and StarMax 90mm Mak-Cass telescopes and other models.
- The inside diameter of the Orion solar filter is 4.10", fitting optical tubes with an outer diameter of 3.85" to 4.10" and is included with securing thumbscrews and shim materials.
- All Orion telescope solar filters are mounted in a foam-lined aluminum cell. The cell features three equidistant securing thumbscrews, 4x 1/16" thick adhesive foam tabs and 4x 1/8" thick adhesive foam tabs for customized friction fit to your telescope.
- Please note that all Orion solar filters are designed for use with an adequate friction fit attachment and thumbscrews should only be used to keep your filter securely in place once a friction fit has been achieved.
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).