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AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters

Item# ASZP010
 
4.5

(43 Ratings)

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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.

Shipping Restrictions:
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 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good padding (8)
  • Strong construction (8)
  • Great optics (6)
  • Widely compatible adapter (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Astronomy (24)
    • Astrophotography (7)
    • Bright conditions (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (18), Avid adventurer (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    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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    4.0

    Fast Shipping - Works Great

    By Jon

    from OMAHA,NE

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Padding
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Astronomy
      • Astrophotography

      Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

      YAY

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      AstroZapped

      By StellarOne

      from Midwest US

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Great Optics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Astrophotography
        • Bright Conditions
        • Travel

        Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

        Once again I am very pleased with my Hayneedle purchase. Shipping was prompt & I was all set for solar observation within a few days. I was unsure of which one to order. I submitted the measurements of my optical tube diameter to Hayneedle & recieved an email within 24 hours telling me what model to order. The first time out of the gate I was impressed with the clarity and detail of the sun that the film allows. Using different colored eyepiece filters allowed even more detail. I was skeptical of the Baader film in favor of a glass filter, but I was not disappointed. I'm sure I'll have many enjoyable hours observing the star that gives us life. Sunspots are readily visible as are magnetic fields The Astro Zap solar filter fits it like a glove & solar observations are very rewarding at the right times.I suggest getting a tupperware or similar container to store it in. As with all astronomy equipment,they are very delicate. I've never had a problem with Hayneedle & look forward to purchasing much more from them in the future. Thanks to Mark M @ Hayneedle for his helpful advice. Well worth the price to enjoy yet another one of the many wonders in our grand universe. Clear skies.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Solar filter

        By Mark

        from MARTINSVILLE,VA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Great Optics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Astronomy
          • Astrophotography

          Comments about AstroZap Baader Solar Telescope Filters:

          This solar filter performed super! The only thing was I had to drill small indentations on the telescope since the end of my scope was flared. Once I did that, it was a snap to install and use. I am very pleased and highly recommend this filter.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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

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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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