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    Solar Eclipse Glasses

    It's never too early to buy some, I suppose.

    Amazon is awash in inexpensive glasses, supposedly "CE and ISO" certified. Ehhh....

    On the Orion Telescopes site I'm tempted by a pair of filters that would fit over the objectives of binoculars but not sure I would get much use from them after the eclipse.

    Short of buying a scope, any recommendations from the CQ universe?

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    The binocular filters willo allow you to track sunspots. I have always found that fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mendenhall View Post
    The binocular filters willo allow you to track sunspots. I have always found that fascinating.
    Whoops on my part. On a closer look the filters are designed to fit an 80mm objective. Guess that means I need to buy a new set of binocs!

    In any event I had been thinking of buying an inexpensive solar filter (made with Baader solar film) for my 10-inch Dob and the Orion site also offered a five-pack of cheap solar eclipse glasses ($12.95). So I reckoned they would be a fairly safe bet. I'm not expecting much but the glasses only need to work during the eclipse for an hour or two for myself and others hanging out with us.

    I'll report back when the kit arrives.
    Last edited by schlaugh; 2017-Apr-10 at 07:10 PM. Reason: eclipse

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    #14 welder's filter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noisy Rhysling View Post
    #14 welder's filter.
    Now why would a sightless, itinerant troubadour need welder's glasses?

    But it's a good suggestion. I just wouldn't have any need for their original purpose.

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    The BA, in his new blog, has a review of Celestron solar binoculars. Sounds interesting, and not excessively expensive. Very much a single-purpose item, of course.

    Meanwhile, I already bought some eclipse glasses through Amazon. Now if I only remembered where I put them....
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Mendenhall View Post
    The binocular filters willo allow you to track sunspots. I have always found that fascinating.
    Oh. wow. This was something i had no clue of! I must be sleeping. Thank you for sharing this, i honestly had no clue that you could in some way track sunspots.

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    I tried out my eclipse glasses yesterday. They work, but dang, the sun looks small. I'm going to look into the binocs.
    Cum catapultae proscriptae erunt tum soli proscript catapultas habebunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'm going to look into the binocs.
    And a thousand people will post "No, don't do that!!!"

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