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Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter for 79 mm - 86 mm OD Telescopes - ST350G

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 Glass Solar Filter for 79 mm - 86 mm OD Telescopes

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

  • Meade DS-80EC
  • Stellarvue 80 mm Nighthawk with Dew Shield & SV80s
  • TeleVue Ranger
  • Takahashi FC-50, FC-60 & FC-60C
  • William Optics ZS66, ZenithStar Racing
  • Zeiss Telementor Refractor

Spectrum Full Aperture Glass Solar Filters allow the maximum amount of light possible to pass through to the optical tube, enabling a safe solar viewing experience. The ST350G Solar Filter employs the entire aperture of your telescope for the finest daylight observing quality with extremely reduced atmospheric fluctuation. A mask can be placed over the filter to lessen the aperture in the event that fluctuations do take place.

The aluminum cell of this durable premium solar filter with felt padding is centered and fixes to the end of the telescope with nylon thumb screws. Constructed using superior quality, hand-selected glass with extensively inspected reflective coatings. The sun has a natural yellowish-orange appearance when directly viewed with this filter.

To prevent any possible damage while in transit, this filter comes wrapped in plastic in a box lined with foam. This box is also useful as a means of storing the filter between uses. Complete instructions on proper use and maintenance of your filter are included.

Spectrum ST350G Full Aperture Glass Solar Filter Specifications

  • Inside Diameter: 3.5" (90 mm)
  • Clear Aperture Diameter: 2.85" (72 mm)
  • Fits instruments with an outside diameter range of 3.125" - 3.375" (79 mm - 86 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).