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AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters

Item# ASZP010
 
4.5

(40 Ratings)

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1. Model Size:
Meade ETX80
Meade ETX90
Orion ED 80/100
130mm
Meade ETX125
114mm
8 Inch SCT

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$50.98 to $80.00

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  • Made with Baader AstroSolar™ 18Ga. film Filter cell
  • Aluminum, powder-coated frame with double coated film
  • Neutral color balance enables use of color filters
  • Secures onto objective lens with 3 thumbscrews

What's Included?

Solar filter

Description

Baader AstroSolar™ film Filter cell constructed from lightweight 18Ga. aluminum and powder coated white. Heavy duty threaded inserts and nylon thumbscrews insure a secure fit.


With AstroSolar™ the Sun appears in neutral white. Other films and some glass filters produce a blurry bluish or reddish Solar image, thereby cutting part of the spectrum. Especially with an orange sun, it is very hard to see faculae regions which are visible predominantly in the blue wing of the spectrum.


Due to it's neutral color balance, AstroSolar enables the use of various color (or interference) filters which allows the observer to concentrate on certain spectral passbands for investigations of different layers within the solar "atmosphere".


Eye safety


AstroSolar™ is essentially free from pinholes, since - other than with even the most expensive glass filters - it is coated on both sides, so that the chance of two pinholes overlapping each other is extremely faint. Pinholes do appear, but to 1 out of 10000 only in optical density 2.5! Baader AstroSolar™ safety film has been approved for eye safety by the National Bureau of Standards in Germany, the PTB. Unlike any other Solar Filter on the market, AstroSolar™ is CE-tested according to EG-Norm 89/686 and EN 169/92 ( notified body 0196). All processes connected to this product have been thoroughly tested. Coatings are inspected constantly for consistency to ensure your eye safety!


CHOKING HAZARD - small parts may pose a risk to children under 6 yrs.

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Only ships in contiguous USA.

Dimensions & Specifications

Type

Solar Filters

Brand

AstroZap

Telescope Accessories Series

Baader Solar Filters

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AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Good padding (7)
  • Strong construction (7)
  • Widely compatible adapter (6)
  • Great optics (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (21)
    • Bright conditions (5)
    • Astrophotography (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (15), Avid adventurer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works Good, but handle carefully

    The fit was good, easy to put on, be careful not to over tighten the screws. Only bad thing is that you have to handle it very carefully. I would have like to ...Read complete review

    The fit was good, easy to put on, be careful not to over tighten the screws. Only bad thing is that you have to handle it very carefully. I would have like to seen a plastic case or something other then a cardboard box to store it.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good product, but recommend caution

    This is the first solar filter I have ever used so I don't have much to compare it against. I have used it about 4 times now for several hours. It does what it ...Read complete review

    This is the first solar filter I have ever used so I don't have much to compare it against. I have used it about 4 times now for several hours. It does what it is advertised to do and gives great crisp white light viewing of the Sun. The one major concern I have with this filter is the ring that retains the filter is not very deep at all. The thumbscrews barely catch the edge of my scope tube. This is cause for concern if you have ANY amount of wind while solar viewing. A simple basic fix is to use scotch tape or something similar and tape from the ring to the scope in several places just for that added security and warm feeling. The filter material seems quite sturdy and as I haven't suffered eye damage after hours of solar viewing, I would say it is highly effective so long as your filter doesn't get blown off of your scope. I couldn't rate the product higher than average because of this concern, considering how important eyesight is. The fitting might be less of a concern in smaller aperature scopes, but for a scope the size of mine or greater (254mm), the filter is a huge windsail without proper support.

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    5.0

    Bright and shiny!

    By Saundra

    from Nibley, UT

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Padding
    • Great Optics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography
      • Bright Conditions

      Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

      This was a gift requested by my astro-husband and he is completely pleased! Since receiving it for Christmas, he has spent several days out in the winter cold, but clear sky, observing the sun and all it's glory. The filter arrived quickly, as promised, and was/is exactly the wanted item. Thanks

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Great buy!!!

      By Frank

      from OMAHA,NE

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Padding

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy

        Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

        Very happy with speed item sent...

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Works as it should

        By Kathie

        from SEBRING,FL

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Padding

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bright Conditions

        Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

        Purchased to use with science class when studying a unit on the sun. In combination with a refractor it gives a safe view of the sun. I could see sunspots clearly and easily. I would like the thumbscrews to be metal rather than plastic, but otherwise, quality build and finish.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Safe viewing and photographing

        By Edmund

        from Murphy, NC the foothills of the Smokies

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Padding
        • Great Optics
        • Strong Construction
        • Widely Compatible Adapter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

          Saw sunspots the very first time. Allows for high contrast and slight blue-white image. Photographed with 1000mm lens at f/8 and camera set at 1/4000, ISO 1000. WOW! very impressed. The wrinkled film is not a defect; it is the way the Baader film should be mounted.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Fine product, but make sure it fits

          By Richard

          from Baton Rouge, LA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

              It's a fine product, and you would think three screws would do the job of securing it onto your telescope. But what if the end of the tube is tapered? Then they can't grip, and the filter won't stay on. So I had to drill three small holes to give the screws something to hold onto. Is this a design flaw of my Celestron 4.5 reflector or of the filter? You decide.

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              • No

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              Q1: Will this fit a Meade ETX-90 telescope?

              A: No, the AstroZap Solar Filter for Meade ETX-80 telescopes will not fit an ETX-90 scope. Instead, you'll need the fiter made for the ETX-90. Here's the URL; just paste it into your browser's address window: http://telescopes.com/products/astrozap-baader-solar-filter-for-meade-etx90-34653.html.

              Q2: Is this a glass filter for a Meade 12 SCT. Karl

              A: Baader solar filters were once made of optical glass, but are no longer. How they're made of a high-strength, polymer film that's ion-implanted and metallized. Each side of the film is coated to guard against pinholes. The polymer filters are considered better than the coated glass filters of just a few years ago.

              Q3: hello, can I use this filter with a newtonian telescope of 9.5" in the primary mirror?. The las question, is it 12" the diameter of the aluminum ring or of the filter?. Thank you.

              A: You might measure the outside diameter of your telescope and let us know. We'll then check to see if we have a solar filter that will work for you.

              Q4: Hello, i have a Meade LX 200 12" telescope and need a solar filter. The outside diameter is ~345 mm. Thanks

              A: The AstroZap Baader Solar Filter for 12-Inch SCT's, which you've already found, should do the job nicely.

              Q5: Can I put this item on my Celestron FirstScope 114 EQ Short Newtonian Reflector? Thanks.

              A: Yes, the AstroZap Solar Filter for 114mm will fit your Celestron FirstScope 114 EQ Short Newtonian Reflector.

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