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Shera

Imaging the sun

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I've been messing around filming Jupiter and Saturn on an iPhone 6 through my telescope and stacking the images and also photographing the moon. I'm fed up of the lack of clear skies at the moment so I was thinking about trying to image the sun! I've been trying to look into how to do it, and I am right in thinking I need some solar filter material to go over the end of my telescope and if so, can I then use my phone to film the sun or will I end up setting it on fire/it blowing up (!)/ the camera lens getting damaged etc?!

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If you put the correct density solar film over the scope (ND5) you should be perfectly safe.

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http://astrosolar.com/en/

This is baader solar film..make your own cap..plenty of info on u tube on how to do it...its great fun to fill the gap until we have decent amount of darkness..and of course the clear skies

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Thanks both. Yes the Baader solar film was what I was thinking of buying so it's nice to know it's the right stuff. 

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Have fun with it - but be overcareful, I am sure there are lots of how to's and what not to do's around.

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yes and good idea to remove your finder as that is just as dangerous to your eye. you can get used to just having a quick look in the finder.

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Do make sure the filter is fixed securely! I use duct tape.

Alexxx

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