An Astrozap solar filter allows you to safely view sunspots and watch solar eclipses through your telescope! Astrozap sun filters come in a wide variety of sizes, and are made with the super popular Baader AstroSolar film. Made in Germany, this specialized solar film has been approved for eye safety by the National Bureau of Standards.
Astrozap mounts the AstroSolar film in an aluminum cell that is sized for a particular telescope diameter range. To install, you simply slide the filter cell over the end of your telescope and tighten the three thumbscrews so that the filter is firmly attached to your telescope. With the filter securely in place, you can look at the Sun through a standard eyepiece. Just remember not to look through your finderscope unless it has its own little filter installed! Most observers remove their finder altogether so as not to be tempted in the first place, since it is relatively easy to center the Sun in your eyepiece once you've learned a trick or two.
When viewed through an Astrozap solar filter, the Sun appears neutral white. Other films and some glass filters produce a blurry bluish or reddish solar image, thereby cutting out part of the spectrum. Especially with an orange sun, it is very hard to see faculae regions which are visible predominantly in the blue part of the spectrum.
Due to it's neutral color balance, the use of an Astrozap Baader Solar Filter enables the use of various color (or interference) filters, allowing the observer to concentrate on certain spectral passbands for investigations of different layers within the solar "atmosphere".
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!
Sizing your solar filter
Each solar filter listed in the drop down is designated in two ways—by the typical telescope or aperture it was designed for, and by the outside diameter range of the telescope it will fit. Before you order your solar filter, take a minute and measure the outside diameter (OD) of your telescope so that you can be sure you are ordering the right one. Each filter has 10mm of wiggle room. Three thumbscrews are provided to snug up the fit.
Once your solar filter arrives, slip it over the end of your scope and tighten the thumbscrews to make sure it fits properly. This is important, as an ill-fitting solar filter is not something you want to mess around with. If the filter does not fit, or you have any other concerns, contact our sales department and we will work with you to solve the problem. Don't wait until that once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse to find out your solar filter doesn't fit!
Dimensions & Specifications
We stand behind all the products we sell, and your satisfaction is our top priority. If you're not satisfied with the quality of your purchase, simply send the item back to us in its original packaging within 30 days of its delivery.
This product has a 1 year manufacturer's warranty against defects is provided. If you have specific questions about this product's warranty please contact Astrozap's Customer Service department at 216-334-1622.
Return & Exchange Policy
At our site, returns are easy! You may return new, unused, and resalable items for a refund or exchange. Simply ensure that the item is returned in its original product packaging within 30 days of delivery.
Q1: 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.
Q2: Can the Baader soler filter be used in combination with an H alpha or nebula eyepiece filters to allow viewing of prominences, etc?
A: Yes, you can use the Baader Solar Filter for Meade ETX90 in conjunction with other filters.
Q3: 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.
Q4: 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.
Q5: i have a Mak (sky-watcher) 102/1300 is this solarfilter also for this scoop,please advice
A: Unfortunately, the AstroZap Baader Solar Filter for 114mm telescopes will probably be too large for your scope.
Q6: 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.
Q7: Re: AstroZap Baader solar filters for 8\ SCTs -- is that filter density for visual or photographic use? Thanks."
A: Filter density is for visual use.
Q8: 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.