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Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter for 308 mm - 314 mm OD Telescopes - ST1250G

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.

Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter for 308 mm - 314 mm OD Telescopes

This Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter fits the following instruments:

  • Celestron C11 SCT, 10" Starhopper Dobsonian
  • Meade 10" Lightbridge Dobsonian
  • Orion SkyQuest XT10, Atlas 10
  • OPT 10" Starhunter Dobsonian

Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filters permit as much light as possible to pass through the telescope, providing a safe solar viewing experience. This allows the full aperture of your telescope to be utilized when observing, enabling the finest daylight viewing possible with very little atmospheric volatility. When volatility does occur, you can place a mask over the filter to effectively lessen the aperture.

When directly viewed using this durable premium solar filter, the sun will appear in a natural organic yellowish-orange state. This filter features a centered aluminum cell, felt padding, and nylon thumb screws for installing over the end of the telescope. It is designed using hand-picked glass of superb quality with reflective coatings that are meticulously inspected.

In order to prevent this filter from acquiring damage while being shipped, it comes shielded in plastic in a box lined with foam. Furthermore, this box also provides a convenient method for storing the filter when it's not in use. Includes comprehensive instructions detailing proper use and care of your unit.

Spectrum ST1250G Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter Specifications

  • Inside Diameter: 12.5" (317 mm)
  • Clear Aperture Diameter: 10.5" (266 mm)
  • Fits instruments with an outside diameter range of 12.125" - 12.375" (308 mm - 314 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).