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Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter for 105 mm - 111 mm OD Telescopes - ST450G
Spectrum Glass Solar Filter for 105 mm - 111 mm OD Telescopes
This Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter fits the following instruments:
- AstroPhysics 90
- Meade DS-90
- TeleVue 85, GP-102
- Orion ShortTube 90, GoScope 350, Transporter 70 EQ
- Takahashi FS-78, FCL-90 (Sky 90)
- Vixen 4"
This 114 mm ID Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter from Spectrum Telescope allows the greatest quantity of light possible pass through to your telescope safely, providing peace of mind when directly viewing the sun. The ST450G Solar Filter uses your telescope's full aperture while observing for the best achieveable daytime viewing with extremely low atmospheric instability. When instability does take place, however, a mask can be installed over the filter to effectively lessen the aperture.
The aluminum cell of this durable premium solar filter is centered and attaches to the end of the optical tube using felt padding via nylon thumb screws. Constructed from superior quality, meticulously inspected hand-selected glass with reflective coatings. When directly viewed through this filter with a telescope, the sun takes on a natural yellowish-orange appearance.
To keep this filter from acquiring any damage during shipping, it comes in a box lined with foam shielded in plastic. This box is also useful as a means of storage when the filter is not in use. Includes full comprehensive instructions on how to properly use and maintain your unit.
Spectrum ST450G Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter Specifications
- Inside Diameter: 4.5" (114 mm)
- Clear Aperture Diameter: 3.85" (98 mm)
- Fits instruments with an outside diameter range of 4.125" - 4.375" (105 mm - 111 mm)
In order to assure a proper fit, please be sure to measure the outside diameter of your telescope before committing to purchase a specific solar filter as telescope specifications may be modified with subsequent versions due to re-designs, etc.
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).