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Baader AstroSolar Visual Solar Filter Film (ND 5) - A4 Sheet 20x29cm (7.9x11.4") # 2459281

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Baader AstroSolar Safety Film - A4 size sheet (7.9" x 11.4" or 20cm x 29cm). Manufacturer part # ASOLV-S or 2459281. Other film sizes referred to in the description below are all sold separately.

A. Information About Our Baader Solar Filter Film Pieces

We offer Baader AstroSolar Safety Filter Film pieces in a visual optical density (OD) or neutral density (ND) of 5.0. This implies that the filter film will block 99.999% of the solar intensity; in other words, it has a transmission of 0.00001 or 0.01% only.

This is suitable to make your own:
(i) Solar viewing glasses or observing card (for direct solar viewing without the use of optical equipment), or
(ii) Front-mounted solar filters for telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, or large camera lenses.

Baader sells their AstroSolar Safety Film in just three sizes (A4 7.9x11.4" sheet, medium 19.7x39.4" roll, and extra large 46x46" roll). Since 2003, we have been providing amateur astronomers and photographers worldwide with Baader film in many sizes and at excellent prices. Besides the original A4 sheet and medium roll, we also offer Baader film in smaller 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3", 4", 5", 6", 7" and 8" square pieces.

B. Baader AstroSolar Safety Film - Brief Overview

In its September 2000 issue, Sky & Telescope magazine proclaimed Baader Planetarium's AstroSolar Safety Film to be "the new standard in solar filters." AstroSolar Safety Film provides white light views of the Sun that are unmatched by any other front-mounted solar filter or material.

The views through AstroSolar Film display fine solar details, including fine penumbral detail in sunspots, solar granulation, and lighter colored faculae. The solar disk is set against a dark background, free of the haze and scatter that is common in typical 'mylar' films or inexpensive glass filters. The performance of AstroSolar is even more remarkable when considering its very low cost. When combined with Baader's tips for a simple do-it-yourself filter mount (see below), anyone can construct a complete low cost, high quality, white light solar filter for any telescope, binoculars, or camera lenses.

What is even more important - with AstroSolar Film the Sun appears in its real color - neutral white (with only a slight bluish tint). Other films and glass filters produce a blurry bluish or reddish/orange/yellow 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 portion of the light spectrum.

Due to its neutral color balance, AstroSolar Film can be used with various other color (or interference) filters which allows the observer to concentrate on certain spectral passbands for investigations of different layers within the solar "atmosphere." It is also possible to further improve the stability and sharpness of the solar image through the use of the Baader Solar Continuum Filter (sold separately). Views of granulation and faculae are particularly enhanced through the use of this continuum filter, in combination with AstroSolar film. Users of achromatic refractors will be particularly pleased with the performance using this additional filter.

Please note that you cannot see solar prominences with white light solar filter film such as this - that requires the use of sophisticated and significantly more expensive narrowband solar filters or specialized solar telescopes.

C. Making Your Own Solar Filter

While many commercially made solar filters are available, either using Baader AstroSolar or other film types, it is fairly easy and much cheaper to make your own custom solar filter for your telescope or camera. Instructions for making a simple solar filter cell are included with the film piece you purchase (the instruction sheet can also be downloaded from the link below). Baader AstroSolar film filters must be mounted in the front of the telescope. A simple Google search for solar filters will show you dozens of sites with examples of filters other amateur astronomers have made, along with some excellent photos of the Sun shot with this filter material.

You can construct a full aperture filter or a smaller off-axis filter for your telescope. In most cases, an unobstructed filter size of 3-4 inches in diameter should be sufficient. Make a larger or full aperture filter if you have a long focal length telescope and/or plan to observe with high magnifications which dims the image. Larger filters also provide higher contrast, higher resolution (since you are using a larger aperture, the theoretical resolving power is higher), and are more comfortable to use (since you get a larger exit pupil) when the conditions are good. On the flip side, a smaller aperture provides steadier images when seeing conditions are turbulent, which is most often the case in most places.

D. Appearance of Baader AstroSolar Film

At first glance, Baader AstroSolar Film appears to be like a thinner version of ordinary aluminum foil. You will often notice streaks, bends or dents on the Baader film you receive. Sometimes, it also appear that the film might be slightly "warped." This is absolutely normal and natural, and it does not imply that the filter film is defective. The optical and mechanical properties of the film are not compromised. Please also note that the "flashlight test" is not a good way of inspecting this film. Putting it right against a very bright light will show a very mottled and non-uniform appearance, but again, this is normal and does not indicate a problem with the film piece.

E. Eye Safety

AstroSolar Film is essentially free from pinholes since, unlike even the most expensive glass filters, it is coated on both sides. Hence, the chance of two pinholes overlapping each other is extremely small. Pinholes do appear, but to 1 out of 10000 only, in optical density 2.5! This is because pinholes act as diffuse sources of light, not point sources. 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!

F. Technical Specifications

- AstroSolar Safety Film is a specially manufactured streak and blister-free foil only 0.012mm thick.
- The film is manufactured by Baader Planetarium, Germany.
- The base material is not cheap Mylar. The quality of the solar image is immeasurably better than can be achieved by using so-called Mylar "rescue blankets" or similar materials.
- The basic development of this precision film was made in laboratories for nuclear and particle physics. Due to its absolute homogeneity, the foil attains the optical performance of high quality plane-parallel glass filters.
- High density coatings on both sides of the foil ensure a highly uniform filtering capacity without pinhole effect, resulting in an extremely contrasty solar image with neutral density characteristics. The Sun appears in its real color - neutral white - not blue or orange.
- The coating of AstroSolar Safety Film is subject to constant quality control. Its reflective property (reduces intensity of sunlight by over 99.999%, i.e., by a factor of over 100,000 in the case of visual film) and security for direct solar observation is tested repeatedly by the PTB (German National Bureau of Standards for Eye Safety).
- One layer of this foil is sufficient for the construction of a safe, high resolution solar filter.

(Source: "Baader AstroSolar Safety Film" and "Original Baader AstroSolar Safety Film" information sheets, distributed by Baader Planetarium Astronomical Instruments, Germany)

G. Cleaning AstroSolar Film

We strongly recommend that you store your completed filter in a container to protect it from dust and damage when you are not using it. Similarly, protect any unused filter material so that it is in new condition when you need it. Fingerprints on the metallized surface are to be avoided under all circumstances. It has the same consequence as putting fingerprints onto a telescope mirror.

Since your AstroSolar filter will be open to dirt and dust, the coating may require cleaning after extended exposure. If the dust is loose, you may be able to blow it off with compressed air or an airbulb, both available in camera stores. Since the coating is harder than regular aluminum coatings applied on mirror surfaces, it can be cleaned with a solution of dishwater detergent and distilled water. Obtain sterilized cotton wool (as used for eye application), available in pharmacies. Normal cotton wool as used for cosmetic purposes should NOT be used!

Use careful, gentle strokes. For each stroke, a new portion of cotton should be used, soaked with the cleaning solution. This helps to avoid scratches in the metal surface due to dust grains picked up by the cotton.

Check the cleaning result by holding the cleaned filter up to the Sun. If scratches or pinholes show up, exceeding a combined uncoated area of 10 square mm, the film is regarded as unsafe and must be destroyed. Tiny pinholes can be covered with a black felt-tip marker. If the filter becomes very dirty, we encourage you to replace it, rather than risk damage in the cleaning process.

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      Review by LUIS G.
      1538253106
      Sep 29, 2018

      5.0 Excelent!!

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      Excelent!!

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      Review by Fred H.
      1520787191
      Mar 11, 2018

      5.0 Baader Astro Solar Film 9x11 sheet

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      This material is perfect for making a solar viewing filter for my 8 in Dobsonian telescope.

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      Review by Brian M.
      1505485436
      Sep 15, 2017

      5.0 Great Stuff

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      This Baader filter paper comes with instructions on how to make solar filter lenses for telescopes and binoculars. It works very well. This is the same high quality OD 5.0 filter rating that Baader is know for providing.

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      Review by Charles O.
      1505478078
      Sep 15, 2017

      5.0 much needed

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      I received this film after searching awhile. I needed to make some lense caps for viewing the Eclipse. Worked perfectly and received it when they said I would. Just in time.

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      Review by Rahamim D.
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      Sep 13, 2017

      5.0 Perfect for DIY Solar Filter

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      I was able to order and have this delivered in time for the August 2017 solar eclipse. I made a great DIY solar filter for my DSLR and got some great shots. Great product!

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      Review by Pavel P.
      1505066622
      Sep 10, 2017

      5.0 An excellent service and delivery of your product, thank you.

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      A Solar safety film sheet is a very good product. I made various filter sizes for my photo/video equipment, it works fine - in sunny days. Guess, on Solar Eclipse day, skies were dark cloudy and no fun at all. Next time!!

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      Review by Ed O.
      1504737054
      Sep 6, 2017

      5.0 Best Choice of Solar Film for 2017 Total Eclipse

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      I was amazed at just how "Clear & Defined" my Images were of, "The Total Eclipse & Corona". This was my 1st ever exposure to this "Amazing Field of Photography" and it wont be the Last! Thank You for a Great and "SAFE" Product. (There's so much Crap out there!)

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      Review by Kevin W.
      1504523998
      Sep 4, 2017

      5.0 Best Solar Film

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      I've used this Baader film and the film from Thousand Oaks. I much prefer this Baader film.
      The film from Thousand Oaks has a matte finish on one side that diffuses the light slightly, which makes it impossible to get a razor sharp focus on the sun. The edge of the sun looks soft and sunspot detail is lost.
      This Baader film has a very small UV leak (0.0001, or 0.01%) around 360 nm, which is why it should be used with glass, like a camera lens, since glass attenuates UV.

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      Review by Brian S.
      1504440258
      Sep 3, 2017

      5.0 Filter was great

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      Bought this for the eclipse and it worked great.

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      Review by Christian S.
      1504435461
      Sep 3, 2017

      5.0 Great buy

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      Great price! Great product!

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      Review by Richard S.
      1504423336
      Sep 3, 2017

      5.0 Solar film

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      Awesome product and fast service!

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      Review by John H.
      1504409846
      Sep 2, 2017

      5.0 Eclipse

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      Worked perfectly

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      Review by Terence P.
      1504274577
      Sep 1, 2017

      5.0 Solar Film

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      Made a solar filter for my telescope using this film, it worked very well.

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      Review by William O.
      1504223457
      Aug 31, 2017

      5.0 Worked great for the eclipse!

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      Thank you!
      This product worked out great for making solar filters that were used in photographing the total solar eclipse of August 18th, 2017.

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      Review by Karyn S.
      1504184689
      Aug 31, 2017

      5.0 Great for eclipse photography!

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      Was able to use this for great shots of the entire 4 hours of the eclipse. Just remember to remove it for totality if you're at 100% eclipse!

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      Review by Chris P.
      1504112645
      Aug 30, 2017

      5.0 Nice product,glue well though.

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      This worked great for the eclipse -- both on telescope and telephoto lens. Be sure to glue it well to whatever mount you make though. I had a thin rim of material glued that came loose it the wind. I used super glue to reinforce it though, and all was good.

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      Review by Ken V.
      1503997916
      Aug 29, 2017

      5.0 excellent filter

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      Got great results with eclipse photos. Filter material shows natural color of Sun. I made my own lens filters using this material.

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      Review by Jack O.
      1503944780
      Aug 28, 2017

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Visual Solar Filter Film (ND 5)

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      I got this 8"x10" film, it was best solution I can have, I made out of two covers for two 77mm lenses, one glasses, and one and a half binoculars ( I could have make two binoculars if I plan better). This product is good!

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      Review by Michael G.
      1503926515
      Aug 28, 2017

      5.0 2017 Eclipse

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      Excellent product. Worked great. Used it for the 2017 total solar eclipse for full aperature viewing with telescope and cameras. I liked the natural white color of the sun when viewing.

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      Review by Stephan R.
      1503917770
      Aug 28, 2017

      5.0 Excellent value, and prompt service

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      I'm extremely happy with this. Everyone was chasing glasses, and expensive solar filters for cameras, and all I had to buy was one sheet of filter. I made a filter for my binoculars, which was an absolute hit at the park where we watched the eclipse. I also made filters for two cameras, and I still have half the sheet left over for 2024.

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      Review by David C.
      1503892459
      Aug 27, 2017

      5.0 Great filter

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      Tough, easy to work with, fairly neutral in color. Blocks slightly more green than other wavelengths, not noticeable by eye but shows up in pictures. Expensive, but you get what you pay for.

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      Review by David B.
      1503883472
      Aug 27, 2017

      5.0 Awesome

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      Awesome. Used them for eclipse and regular sun viewing. Great color (white) and clarity. Easy to see sun spots

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      Review by Ellen C.
      1503797302
      Aug 26, 2017

      5.0 Great for diy filters

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      Made diy filters. Worked great for my telephoto lens as well as my friends spotting scope.

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      Review by Harold H.
      1503763917
      Aug 26, 2017

      3.0 A bit of a fiasco making filters.

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      This Baader Solar Film works well. The sun is off-white/bluish, which I guess is okay. Altogether, making filters from this film costs probably a little less than half the cost of glass filters, keeping in mind that you will need other materials than just the film. If you destroy too many filters in the process of making them, this film could cost more than buying glass filters.

      This solar film is a bit delicate, so apparently not likely to be long lasting. The filters you make must be thoroughly checked before each use to make sure they haven't been damaged. If damage goes unnoticed, you can easily permanently damage your eyes. The filters must be stored in their own special, soft, container that will protect them from harm.

      The filters are not so easy to make. A number of unforeseen things can go wrong. I'm pretty handy and all of the filters I made for my scope, finder, and 2 pair of binoculars worked. But not as nicely or as well made as I would like. This takes practice. So, be prepared to buy more film.

      One thing, I didn't want the filters to be too loose and fall off of my scope or binoculars so, I made them fit snug. Too snug. Make them a bit loose. You can easily attach little wedges inside the ring of your homemade filter so that it will fit snugly to the tube of your scope, or the barrel of the binoculars.

      This film is a bit expensive to be making throw away filters. If you want permanent solar filters, but glass ones. If you don't want the extra hassle of making filters, buy glass ones.

      Harry

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      Review by Ronald F.
      1503720554
      Aug 25, 2017

      5.0 Perfect for eclipse

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      Perfect for eclipse

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      Review by Nick S.
      1503675105
      Aug 25, 2017

      5.0 Worked as expected

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      The film is every thin an light weight, so be very careful handling it. Don't be tempted to take it outside unless mounted in a frame as even a slight breeze will make make it hard to handle. Cutting the sheet was very easy (I made frames out of white styrene). The solar images produced through the filter are white, just as the product image suggests. This was used during the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.

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      Review by Scott Alber
      1503593486
      Aug 24, 2017

      5.0 Worked great

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      Ordered for my 6in Mak-Cas for the eclipse. The included instructions of how to make a slip over filter using poster board or cardboard were easy to follow. I also had more than enough left over to make a filter for my 50mm finder/guidescope.

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      Review by Marc V.
      1503517235
      Aug 23, 2017

      5.0 Excellent solar filter film

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      I am very happy with my purchase of Baader AstroSolar Visual Solar Filter Film (ND 5). I used it to make my own solar filter and took great pictures of the total solar eclipse.

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      Review by alyssa r.
      1503456502
      Aug 22, 2017

      5.0 Used fot 2017 Total Solar

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      Used fot 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. Instructions are easy to follow. Made filters for 4" telescope, and small binoculars. Still have some of the sheet left for a pair of binoculars or two. Item arrived as described. Good filter.

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      Review by Donald L.
      1503426536
      Aug 22, 2017

      5.0 Worked as advertised.

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      Worked as advertised.

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      Review by Bruce M.
      1503404717
      Aug 22, 2017

      4.0 Baader AstroSolar Film worked great

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      My only complaint was it was a little bit difficult to handle to keep it flat. Follow the directions to cut while sandwiched and then have a flat surface to mount it to and all should be great.

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      Review by Andy C.
      1503376063
      Aug 21, 2017

      5.0 Worked wonderfully!

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      The film worked wonderfully on my 600mm telephoto lens to capture the eclipse. The image was bright white, not dull yellow like the cheap eclipse glasses. Will definitely buy more for 2024.

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      Review by Mike A.
      1503368055
      Aug 21, 2017

      5.0 Solar Eclipse

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      Took pictures of the Solar Eclipse. They didn't turn out the greatest, but the problem was in my iPhone mount and not the filter.

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      Review by Thomas M.
      1503107809
      Aug 18, 2017

      4.0 solar film purchase

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      The solar film works well as advertised. It is tricky to make the filters for binoculars but it is easier as I made more filters.

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      Review by Steven M.
      1502418616
      Aug 10, 2017

      5.0 It works beautifully!

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      Using another person's e-mail guidance, I made a solar filter for my 13" Coulter Odyssey, and the result was excellent.

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      Review by Charles M.
      1502313623
      Aug 9, 2017

      5.0 Baader planitarium solar filter glasses

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      The quality of construction of Baader's filter is excellent. Much better than the filter (using baader film) made by another company. Like the solar viewing glasses too...color is more true to life. Also Agena delivered promptly and seem to be a good company that I would use again.

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      Review by Raymond Y.
      1502292809
      Aug 9, 2017

      5.0 Excellent

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      Does the job!

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      Review by Mike S.
      1502289439
      Aug 9, 2017

      5.0 Great

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      Great

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      Review by Jean D.
      1502145298
      Aug 7, 2017

      5.0 Great solar films

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      I purchased two pieces of Baader solar filter films (size 2.5in). They were delivered promptly. With these I built a solar filter (using 2 "cells") for my 8inch Celestron Nexstar telescope. It worked very well and I am very pleased by the results.

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      Review by Marc H.
      1501982114
      Aug 5, 2017

      5.0 Great product

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      Work simply as claimed. Built a solar filter for my telescope and immediately successfully tested it. Enough material for my telescope and my finder.

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      Review by thomas o.
      1501932629
      Aug 5, 2017

      5.0 another sunny day

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      This is great if you want to make your own customized solar filter

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      Review by Simon G.
      1501601890
      Aug 1, 2017

      5.0 Solar Ready

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      mounted to my 130slt dust cover, works great

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      Review by Emily H.
      1501336593
      Jul 29, 2017

      4.0 Ready for eclipse!

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      Easy to follow instructions.

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      Review by Sherry B.
      1501198125
      Jul 27, 2017

      5.0 Solar filter

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      Nice product. Using only one time so i wanted to make my own filter. Worked great

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      Review by Tony N.
      1501018727
      Jul 25, 2017

      4.0 Great price

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      There's one or two tiny pockmarks on the films which causes refraction (halos). This is the first time I bought these, so I'm not sure if it's normal to have pockmarks on the surface of the films. Other than the pockmarks, the films work pretty well.

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      Review by Paul H.
      1500911037
      Jul 24, 2017

      5.0 You get more than you pay for

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      I love this material. It is in-expensive and as far as I am concerned the Solar views using this material are second to none. The downside is that it is fragile and you need to be pretty gentle with it. So far I've used the Baader Solar Film to make filters for telescopes and binoculars/

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      Review by Karen R.
      1500812209
      Jul 23, 2017

      5.0 Works perfect, sun viewed in white

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      Very easy to work with. Seems to work great. Made homemade filters for my camera for the eclipse in August, but it has been tested with my camera already, and the pictures came out great.

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      Review by Denise K.
      1500383621
      Jul 18, 2017

      5.0 Everything perfectly fine.

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      I purchased the foil to build a filter for my Canon DSLR. The foil works perfectly fine the shipping was fast and without complications.

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      Review by Thom M.
      1500304957
      Jul 17, 2017

      5.0 Cheap and extremely effective. True

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      Cheap and extremely effective. True sun disc color !

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      Review by LYLE B.
      1500058091
      Jul 14, 2017

      5.0 Excellent service

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      The solar filters work perfectly. No complaints

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      Review by Thonas M.
      1500056629
      Jul 14, 2017

      5.0 Very Pleased

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      My recent order of Baader Astrosolar Film was shipped within 24 hours and arrived perfectly packaged. Very pleased,.

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      Review by Robert B.
      1499972250
      Jul 13, 2017

      5.0 solar film sucess

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      went on line to get hints on building a filter, and now success.

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      Review by Robert B.
      1499801760
      Jul 11, 2017

      4.0 Baader AstroSolar Visual Solar Filter Film (ND 5) - 4" (101mm) Sq

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      I've used Baader AstroSolar film in the past. I'm generally pleased with the quality of the product and the results I get using it. It's claimed that the film does not have to be stretched taut across an opening and the image is not adversely affected by "waves" on the surface. This seems to be true. I've been told that the image obtained with a Herschel wedge is better, but since the wedge can only be used on a refractor, I have no way of checking this. The image obtained with the Baader film seems to be as crisp as one would get, for example, of an image of the moon. One precaution in using the film is to look at the sun through the film to make sure there are no pinholes on any part of it. Do this before mounting the filter on the telescope. Also, since it is a film, one has to be careful handling and storing it to prevent scratches, holes, and getting foreign material on it.

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      Review by Tom N.
      1498888448
      Jun 30, 2017

      5.0 Works great, and at a decent price.

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      These Baader films are excellent! I use then to cover over binoculars.

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      Review by Geoff S.
      1498659851
      Jun 28, 2017

      5.0 Perfect for binoculars

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      I used two of these with two filter step up rings to create a pair of solar filters for binoculars, plus two filter cases for them to store in. Cheap and effective solution to checking on the Sun for sunspots or sharing an eclipse experience with a small group.

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      Review by Jerry G.
      1498268058
      Jun 23, 2017

      5.0 Excellent. everything went as planned.

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      Excellent. everything went as planned.

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      Review by Sergio M.
      1498099724
      Jun 21, 2017

      4.0 Excellent solar filter

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      Excellent solar filter

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      Review by Brent A.
      1497733647
      Jun 17, 2017

      5.0 No problems

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      I had enough for a 4" telescope and a pair of binoculars.

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      Review by David A.
      1496753328
      Jun 6, 2017

      5.0 Solar Fun

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      I have an 80mm short tube refractor. It has the removable cover on the lens cap, about 2" wide. I bought this film and attached it to the inside of the lens cap. Now, when I am in the mood to look at the Sun, I just mount this scope on my Nexstar mount and look at the Sun. Very easy to apply.

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      Review by Don W.
      1495549070
      May 23, 2017

      5.0 BAADER AstroSolar Safety Film

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      Although tricky to handle because it is so thin, I am very happy with the quality. I was REALLY happy with the super-fast delivery time. Thanks!

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      Review by Timothy W.
      1495412400
      May 21, 2017

      5.0 Solar film

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      Great solar film for the do it yourself person.. Simple easy to follow
      directions. Used it to make a filter for my 8".

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      Review by John F.
      1495285006
      May 20, 2017

      5.0 Perfect

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      My film arrived promptly in perfect condition. I couldn't be more pleased with the camera filter I made. I eagerly await the forthcoming total solar eclipse!

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      Review by Mike M.
      1494507222
      May 11, 2017

      5.0 Works great. Easy to trim

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      Works great. Easy to trim to fit.

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      Review by Ella S.
      1494251019
      May 8, 2017

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Visual Solar Filter Film (ND 5) - 4" (101mm) Sq

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      Excellent product-I was able to use this piece to make a solar filter for my camera lens-and it works perfectly. I appreciate how they offer solar filter film in different sizes like this-you can order just what you need and don't have to worry about cutting the film yourself.

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      Review by Lawrence V.
      1493654469
      May 1, 2017

      5.0 Good match

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      The "natural" light of Baader is personal preference I suppose but in my case this is needed to get the benefit out of using Baader Solar Continuum eyepiece filter in making things "pop." Other colored widebands are unsatisfactory in my experience when matched with the Baader eyepiece filter.

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      Review by Richard H.
      1493571098
      Apr 30, 2017

      5.0 Solar FIlter FIlm

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      I've previously used this film to make a solar filter for use with a telephoto lens, permitting photographing the Sun with sunspots. The recent purchase has been used to make a pair of solar filters for my large binoculars, which I'll use for eclipse viewing.

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      Review by Douglas W.
      1493571057
      Apr 30, 2017

      5.0 Great product

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      Great product for the price. Really well packaged. Sorta difficult to handle so be careful and you won't damage it.

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      Review by Devon O.
      1493294418
      Apr 27, 2017

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Film

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      I ordered a large amount of the solar film to make filters for all of my optics. I started out with my 8" Celestron Schmidt Cassegrain. Have to say, when i opened the roll and saw the pure quality of the film, I was pretty impressed. Although I immediately intimidated by how thin it was, i quickly learned how durable this stuff was. I found a set of directions online that were very simple to read and accurate. Gave the film a try, and voila, worked flawlessly. Very crisp pictures. Kind of odd seeing the sun so white, but definitely full of detail. I would definitely recommend the product. As for Agenda Astro, no complaints. Arrived when expected, packages well, and great value. Best around. Thanks

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      Review by Dick G.
      1492707326
      Apr 20, 2017

      5.0 Baader Astrosolar Film success

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      Following the instructions regarding mounting the film, I fabricated a simple holder that necks my 115mm f7 refractor down to 82mm out of craft materials and now I have a 1st class white light solar filter that works great and cost @ $25. Besides, it was fun to make.

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      Review by Dave H.
      1492365615
      Apr 16, 2017

      5.0 Baader Solar Film

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      I have photographed the Sun through the Baader solar film before and still recommend it.
      Received the film quickly from AgenaAstro. It is easy to work with and made my filter in no time at all.
      A great product from a great company, Thanks

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      Review by Ryan S.
      1491924116
      Apr 11, 2017

      5.0 this solar film worked excellently.

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      this solar film worked excellently. exactly as advertised

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      Review by James W.
      1491847062
      Apr 10, 2017

      5.0 Baader solar filter film

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      Agena had a variety of product in stock and I easily found the right product for me. Ordering was straightforward, the price was right. Couldn't ask for more. Satisfied customer and one who will be returning.

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      Review by Walter B.
      1491218109
      Apr 3, 2017

      5.0 Baader film

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      Have looked through both the glass filters and Baader film filters and for the money it is well worth it. Just treat it gently so it lasts for you.

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      Review by David T.
      1490988919
      Mar 31, 2017

      5.0 Reliable

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      Delivered solar filter in a package protecting the fragile contents. Well done!

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      Review by Deborah W.
      1490520730
      Mar 26, 2017

      5.0 Great for 2017 total solar eclipse in United States!

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      I captured the last one with a Nikon film camera and a special photographic piece of large black film for the little newspaper Inwas working for in Colby, Kansas. I was in my 20s. Now, at 61, I'll be doing it again at 61 with my digital Nikon camera for the small paper I work for in Gulfport, Florida. I'm making my own filter with an oatmeal box top for my 500mm camera lens (in addition, I'm also using a 2x doubler) and three pair of viewing glasses out of plastic safety glasses -- the kind used with power tools -- so two friends can join me on August 21, 2017. Here's hoping for clear skies! Thank you for your product as I no longer have access to a process film camera for a printing press in the digital age. That's the type of sheet film I used before developed to full photographic black.

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      Review by Charles P.
      1490466100
      Mar 25, 2017

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Filter

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      I've been using Baader Planetarium's AstroSolar for several years now. I've used it for general solar observations, imaging of sunspot groups, eclipses, the transit of Venus in 2012 and the transit of Mercury in 2016. For white light solar astronomy, this stuff absolutely works. Images are sharp and detailed. The film itself is durable and will last a long time with proper care. If you are willing to spend the time to build your own filter cell, you can have an excellent front objective filter for the fraction of the cost of a manufactured unit. Building your own can offer great versatility. Use it on telescopes, finderscopes, spotting scopes, binoculars or even for a hand held viewer.

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      Review by Jeff F.
      1489929661
      Mar 19, 2017

      5.0 Baader astro film

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      Perfect product. Within minutes of arrival I constructed a hand held sun gazing device from a tissue box. I looked t the sun, put it over my camera and took pics, then looked through it with small binoculars. Durable, clear film.

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    78. HawaiiAstro

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      Review by Tyron Y.
      1488423824
      Mar 1, 2017

      5.0 My Camera is Now Ready for the Eclipse

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      I purchased the Baader film to make a solar filter for my camera. The film came in a size almost perfect for the camera and it was easy to handle and cut to shape. I tested it and works perfectly.

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      Review by Rick S.
      1487332982
      Feb 17, 2017

      5.0 Baader film

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      Shipped quickly and safely. As advertised.

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      Review by Jason H.
      1484682382
      Jan 17, 2017

      5.0 Good deal

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      There was enough material to make a solar filter for my 5" mak and the 6x30 finder scope. It has made solar viewing with my mak a breeze. It should work perfectly for viewing a solar eclipse.

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      Review by Alton T.
      1483992827
      Jan 9, 2017

      5.0 Material to build affordable eclipse viewing filters

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      I bought these well in advance for the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, as every filter source was back-ordered until a month too late for the 2012 Venus transit and the annular eclipse a month earlier.

      You must follow the instructions for best results, and to avoid damage to the filter film. Nice true color filtering of the sun (or any other extremely bright source). Easy to set up and build a filter cell for your telescope, binoculars, and other optics for solar observation.

      If you plan to attend the eclipse this year, you should order filters and optics NOW so you have plenty of time to thoroughly test your equipment. This stuff is economical enough you can get spare sheets, because there will be someone you are likely to encounter at the last minute who was unprepared.

      These also work well as a high intensity LED inspection tool to spot hot and cold LEDs in a high output lamp.

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      Review by David R.
      1483745048
      Jan 6, 2017

      5.0 Great value. Good quality!

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      Great value. Good quality!

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      Review by Scruffy Looking of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
      1462233600
      May 2, 2016

      5.0 On a clear day

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      Easy to Use,Accurate

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      Using the hood of the camera lens as a guide, I cut two pieces of 140LB matte paper into a 3/4 inch 'doughnut,' sandwiched the film between them, and taped it to the lens hood to make a disposable solar filter for photographing the eclipse.

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      Review by Xanadu of New Bloomfield, MO.
      1457740800
      Mar 11, 2016

      4.0 Works as it should!

      Pros:

      Works Great For Filters,Accurate,Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Making your own filters for Photography.

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      Review by Alex of Chih. Mex..
      1454025600
      Jan 28, 2016

      4.0 Good inexpensive filter

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Comments:

      It's a great filter for the price, gives clear white light image of the sun. I use it with a #8 light yellow color filter to get a final yellowish view of the sun. Making your own front end cover for your telescope with the filter is fun and very inexpensive.

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      Review by Mrray of Miami, FL.
      1443398400
      Sep 27, 2015

      5.0 Great alternative to expensive solar filters.

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Very inexpensive way to see the sun in White Light.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by AtomB of Phoenix, AZ.
      1424736000
      Feb 23, 2015

      5.0 Inexpensive path to solar observation

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      Baader Planetarium has the reputation for making the best pre-objective solar film. Kudos to Agena Astro for making many different sizes of this excellent film available for the DIY.

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      Review by Chuck of Brook Park, Ohio.
      1424476800
      Feb 20, 2015

      5.0 Baader Solar Film

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I needed this to replace a damaged filter. Easy to fix and worked out very well.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Chuck of Brook Park, Ohio.
      1413590400
      Oct 17, 2014

      5.0 Baader Film ND 5

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Lightweight

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      Bought this to repair a damaged filter. This was easily done and works as good as before.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Tag of Ohio.
      1409961600
      Sep 5, 2014

      5.0 Great product

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Great product. With the Solar film I was able to make my own Solar filter for a fraction of the cost of a commercially made one.

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    91. Paul Schofield

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      Review by Paul of North Carolina.
      1402358400
      Jun 9, 2014

      5.0 Great product, great price

      Pros:

      Good Instructions

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I was able to construct a safe solar filter that fits both my 5" and 80mm refractors. Image quality is great. Thanks to Agena Astroproducts for excellent instructions and service.

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      Review by Talat of Turkey.
      1389052800
      Jan 6, 2014

      5.0 Best of white light solar observing

      Pros:

      Quality Lenses,Lightweight,Accurate,Easy to Use,Strong Construction,Compact

      Cons:

      Need to make the cell

      Comments:

      At first I bought it for Venus transit of 2012. Beside transits, it's a solution for sunspot observing and non-total solar eclipses.

      It is a thin film, and you make a filter cell. Instructions included, easy with some cardboard and tape. Film looks fragile but it's sturdy unless used harshly. Also, it's very quality made, gives crisp and white color sun images.

      I use it on my 60mm refractor, 8" dob (off-axis), camera, binoculars for sunspot observing and as solar eclipse glasses.

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      Review by Astroguy of Columbia, SC.
      1381536000
      Oct 11, 2013

      5.0 Great solar film

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      The Baader solar film I ordered is for my Celestron C90 Mak, which serves as a grab and go scope. The film is 4"x4" and came with a simple instruction. I ordered it three days ago, and there it was in may mail box, a bit of surprise by Agena's speedy shipping process. The film is very light weight, and took me extra caution/effort in handling it. I did successfully mount it in the cardboard film holder I built. The result is satisfying especially when I observed the sun spots in the C90 for the first time using this film. Overall, it is a great product.

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      Review by Tripwire of Seattle.
      1381536000
      Oct 11, 2013

      4.0 Baader Film

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Easy to install, slightly delicate....company had great shipping - I will do business with them again, and overall good value for the money

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      Review by aynali57 of Izmir, Turkey.
      1374969600
      Jul 27, 2013

      4.0 Perfect solution

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

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      I took great photos of sun with that film. It's easy to use.

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      Review by Sonomajfk of Northern CA.
      1374969600
      Jul 27, 2013

      5.0 Great performance at low cost

      Pros:

      Great images,Tough And Durable,Lightweight,Easy to mount

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I bought this product to use for solar observing with my refractor telescope. It was easy to mount in a cell for use on my scope using the directions supplied. The solar images through the film are sharp and detailed. It works beautifully for a very reasonable price.

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      Review by Blind Astonomer of Willard, Ohio.
      1370044800
      May 31, 2013

      5.0 Extreme quality

      Pros:

      Best Available

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Made a very nice solar filter for my Celestron 90mm refractor for under $25

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      Review by Heaven's Declare of Mississippi.
      1369958400
      May 30, 2013

      5.0 Much better than paying $80+ for pre-fab

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      This film worked great along with included instructions to make my own solar filter. I'm not very handy but was still pretty easy to make the filter for my 6 inch SCT.

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      Review by BOB of Sarasota, FL.
      1363996800
      Mar 22, 2013

      4.0 EXCELLENT FOR WHAT IT DOES - SUNSPOT NICE

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Sunspot activity and viewing fine. Does the job.

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      Review by mick of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
      1354320000
      Nov 30, 2012

      4.0 Exceeded original purpose

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Setup and fits easily on my dobsonian telescope from your instruction sheet.

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      Review by GrandPrixChris of Michigan.
      1347235200
      Sep 9, 2012

      5.0 Great for DIY filter

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Inexpensive

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I used this film for the Venus transit and solar viewing. Product works just as it is supposed to. A little skill and care is needed when making a filter. I'm very satisfied with this product and it is well worth the money.

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      Review by Tww1fa of Sacramento, CA.
      1343692800
      Jul 30, 2012

      5.0 Excellent for eclipse/transit viewing.

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Fragile

      Comments:

      I bought a 6" square to make a filter for my Edmund Astroscan. A bit of work making a cardboard frame for the film and I had it ready for the Venus transit. Views through the film are as good as those through the glass filter I have for my 10" dob, and making one for my Astroscan allowed me to do some Venus Transit outreach in the parking lot of my office. The light weight makes it easier to use on a small scope than a glass filter would be.

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      Review by Dave of Oregon.
      1343520000
      Jul 28, 2012

      5.0 AstroSolar film - easy to use

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      The solar film works great for my 90mm Refractor. Seeing the sun and the sunspot detail expands my astronomical viewing capabilities without breaking the budget. It is a great way to get into solar viewing. Making the filter using the film was easy and inexpensive to do.

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      Review by Steve of Millbrae.
      1342310400
      Jul 14, 2012

      5.0 Baader Solar Filter Film

      Pros:

      High quality

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Never used a film filter before, and was skeptical of quality. I am more than impressed with the high resolution I get visually and in photos using this filter. Comes with excellent instructions and precautions on handling and building your own custom sized filter.

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      Review by Paul of Galesville, WI.
      1342224000
      Jul 13, 2012

      5.0 Inexpensive AND Excellent Performance

      Pros:

      Inexpensive,Detailed views,Get to make the cell

      Cons:

      Need to make the cell

      Comments:

      I cannot think of another way to get the same quality in a solar filter for anything close to the price. It comes with instructions for making your own cell, which is not difficult, and getting it in a sheet allows you to customize it to your own scope. I've made filters now for three scopes, from 72mm to five inches. I used them to view and take fantastic images of the recent Transit of Venus, as well as shots of some of the huge sunspots that have been crossing the sun.

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      Review by Ra_226 of CA.
      1341360000
      Jul 3, 2012

      4.0 Low cost, good results--great for DIY!

      Pros:

      Cons:

      Difficult to Use

      Comments:

      This is not just a buy it and use it type of product--the film itself is rather delicate and not too useful by itself. However, compared to what a glass solar filter would cost, there's no contest. If you're up for a little do-it-yourself challenge, this is well worth it. I bought this just in time for the Venus transit and it worked quite well.

      I can't attest to its optical quality as my scope was out of collimation and the seeing was terrible that day, however it seemed perfectly fine to me. I would highly recommend this, especially given the price of the smaller sheets (solar observing doesn't exactly require aperture anyway ;)

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      Review by RJ of Daytona Beach, Florida.
      1341360000
      Jul 3, 2012

      4.0 Good product

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Lightweight,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      If economy is your aim, this is a good product. As I view the sun infrequently there was no need to buy an expensive filter. With a little heavy weight poster board and some glue and the Baader solar filter I fabricated my own solar filter for my 120mm refractor in short order. The filter provides clear images of sunspots in a natural white light. One does need to use proper precaution when handling so as not to damage the filter.

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      Review by AstroJeff of MO.
      1341187200
      Jul 1, 2012

      5.0 Nice

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      Very great product, shows sunspot details really nicely. My friend has an Orion glass filter for his scope and by far this asto film produces a much higher contrast image with more detail.

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      Review by ChargerDad of Chattanooga, TN.
      1341187200
      Jul 1, 2012

      5.0 Got What I Needed

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I almost waited to late to get the Baader Solar Film for the transit of Venus. Fortunately, Agena had a sheet that met my needs and I got it time to build the filter. I really didn't want to wait 115 years to see thie so I'm glad Agena was able to come through.

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      Review by G E of Maryland.
      1341187200
      Jul 1, 2012

      5.0 Filters provide a very scrisp image

      Pros:

      Accurate,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Bought filter material for my 4" refractor and my 8" reflector. Best white light image I've seen. Very sharp. Much better than the glass filter I previously used.

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      Review by Ken of Westfield, NJ.
      1341187200
      Jul 1, 2012

      5.0 Significant upgrade to old Solar Skreen

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Simple conversion into a filter for my classic celestron c90 using the cap from a large plastic jar and some electrical tape. Much more detail and natural color compared with the 2 layer Solar Skreen mylar filter I've ben using since the 80s. Got it fitted just in time for the Venus transit!

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      Review by ahoy of Oakland, CA.
      1341100800
      Jun 30, 2012

      5.0 Quality film for making a solar filter

      Pros:

      Resolution

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Could not find my solar filter a week before the recent solar eclipes. I was able to get the Baader Film shipped to me in time to make a solar filter for my 3.5 inch telescope and another for a camera lens (with some additional film left over).

      I fould it relitvely easy to make the filters using cardbord and hot melt glue.

      The quality of pictures I was able to make with the filter was excelent. In fact, I don't think I will ever buy a pre-made filter again, especially considering the price.

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      Review by Don of Northern CA.
      1341100800
      Jun 30, 2012

      5.0 Appeared to be everything I expected

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      The filter worked great in photographing the sun during the Venus transit. Saved a lot of money by buying the basic material and mounting it myself, but of course the trade off was the time needed to mount the filter.

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      Review by Plutonium5793 of Saint Louis, MO.
      1341100800
      Jun 30, 2012

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Film and 72 mm UV fltr

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Sharp Image,Agena's came packed well,Easy to cut,Agena sells many sizes,Lightweight,Compact

      Cons:

      Easy to smudge

      Comments:

      I bought this for the transit of Venus. One of the members of our club had the idea of sandwiching the filter between two cheap UV filters for use with a Canon EOS camera. I bought a 500mm mirror/lens with a 2x doubler and attached this between two 72mm filters and got great pics of the sun. One of the thing I like about Agena is that they sold many different sizes of sheets so I could choose to get just what I needed and not have much waste.

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      Review by SunWatcher of Arlington, TX.
      1341100800
      Jun 30, 2012

      5.0 Excellent quality

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Strong Construction,Lightweight

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Great product. Simple to put together a homemade filter cell and great viewing quality of the sun.

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      Review by Brocken inaglory of San Francisco.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Great product and great service

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I was well behind in getting ready for the eclipse and transit of Venus. Agena was the only company that helped me to witness these events. I took a very nice images using this solar film.
      Please see yourself here
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4d/2012_Transit_of_Venus_from_SF.jpg
      and here http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Solar_Eclipse_May_20%2C2012.jpg

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      Review by Cockypops of Mendocino, CA.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      4.0 Good stuff

      Pros:

      Quality,Affordable

      Cons:

      Fragile,ND5 can be a little dark,DIY

      Comments:

      Agena had this film when everyone else had sold out just a few weeks before the Annular eclipse of 5/20/12 and Venus transit of 6/5/12. From one 8" square which was sized a little generously, I was able to make a 3.25", two 2.75", one 60mm and a pair of 30mm circular filters using the instructions included, for all of my scopes and binoculars. The views provided were much better than anything I'd seen through Mylar and gave me very good photos with my DSLR and Celestron 8. There were no pinholes or streaks in the material I received, but the surface is delicate. For long focal lengths, it may be a little dark for fast shutter speeds. On the whole I am very happy to have gotten this when I did and looking forward to more solar observing.

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      Review by Dave Holland of Simi Valley, CA.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Great product

      Pros:

      Sharp Image

      Cons:

      Slight bluish color

      Comments:

      The Baader Solar film is a great product. Perfect for solar photography. Gives a sharp and high resolution image. Only minor drawback is the bluish color but can be corrected to a truer whitish yellow in Photoshop.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by DurtGurl of Phoenix, AZ.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 DIY solar filter!!

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      This film was ideal for making solar filters for shooting both the recent annular eclipse and transit of Venus with my Canon T3i and Rokinon 500mm. Zero pinholes in the film, very safe.

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      Review by Mike in Kentucky of Frankfort, KY.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Good product; good service!

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Not only was the solar filter sheet just as described, but directions for making a mount to use it on telescopes were included.

      This worked great for my observation and photography of the June 5, 2012 transit of Venus across the sun!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Outdoor Ben of Pine Cove, CA.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Perform perfectly, as expected.

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Accurate,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      My grandchildren and I had a wonderful time watching the solar eclipse and Venus transit of the sun.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Richard S of Mancos, CO.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      4.0 Great Product

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Eclipse came and went. OMG, no solar filters available. Venus transit coming, so I made my own solar filter with this product for my Celestron 8" SC. Used the enclosed instructions as a guideline, then used my available resources for the actual construction. Did it all on the afternoon of the transit. It worked great. The whole neighborhood enjoyed the transit.

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      Review by Roscoe of NW Mass.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Baader film

      Pros:

      Works Well,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      good source of Baader film. Good service, quick shipping.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by Tony of Indiana.
      1341014400
      Jun 29, 2012

      5.0 Excellent views of the sun

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Used this to make an off center solar filter for my 10" dob. The instructions were clear & easy to follow, and the end result is a great solar filter at a very low price!

      Gave some striking views of the venus transit, and easily shows sunspots.

      I plan to purchase some more to make solar filters for my binoculars as well.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by XwarpfactorX of Edwards, CA.
      1338854400
      Jun 4, 2012

      5.0 An excellent alternative

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Inexpensive,Lightweight,Easy to Use,Quality material

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Baader AstroSolar film is an excellent alternative to purchasing a pre-built solar filter. The material is exceptional in quality and provides great natural color views of the Sun. Expect to see sunspots, surface granules and solar faculae. Using AstroSolar will allow you to observe solar eclipses and transits directly. It is often used in ready made film filters that cost more. If your willing to invest a little time in constructing your own filter cell, you can own a quality and safe solar filter for much less the cost.

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      Review by Vic of Philadelphia suburbs, PA.
      1336867200
      May 12, 2012

      4.0 High quality solar filter material

      Pros:

      Great views of sunspots,Inexpensive

      Cons:

      You build filter cell

      Comments:

      If you are a careful person, Baader AstroSolar film can be used to construct a fine performing solar filter very inexpensively. Baader offers suggestions on building a filter cell. Care, however, must be taken to ensure that any filter cell you construct attaches securely to your telescope and cannot fall off or be blown off your telescope. Looking through a telescope without a proper solar filter for even an instant can permanently damage your eyes. The need to construct this cell is the only reason I did not rate the AstroSolar film 5 stars.

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    127. David Dearden

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      Review by ChemistDVD of Mapleton, UT.
      1335744000
      Apr 29, 2012

      4.0 Inexpensive solar filter

      Pros:

      Great for visual,Great for photo use

      Cons:

      A bit hard to get flat

      Comments:

      I bought a 5" square to make a filter for a 4.5" Newtonian reflector. To make the filter I used the online instructions rather than the ones that came with the film. This left some ripples in the resulting filter, but it still seems to work well. Even though I bought the "visual" version, it works fine for webcam photography.

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      Review by kelley of Houston, TX.
      1335744000
      Apr 29, 2012

      5.0 Solar film

      Pros:

      Packaged very well

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      The price was very very good. Arrived fast in excellent condition (very fragile) with great instructions. I have no gripes.

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      Review by tower3 of San Diego.
      1335744000
      Apr 29, 2012

      4.0 Get ready for the up coming Solar events

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I'm not that interested in Solar astronomy so couldn't justify the cost of a full aperture filter. We're getting a Solar eclipse in May that will be near total in my area. In June we'll get to see the Venus transit an event that won't occur again until 2117!! I'd heard about this film on a forum that I participate. The Baader film comes with instructions on how to make a filter and I used this set up on my binoculars. For my scope I secured the film with a hose clamp and duct tape to an extra dew shield. I have to admit that since I've made these filters I do spend some time checking out the Sun.

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      Review by craytab of PA.
      1335484800
      Apr 26, 2012

      5.0 Great inexpensive product

      Pros:

      Easy to Use,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I got this film for a 6" reflector and a 9x50 RACI finder. Making the filter was easy and fun. The views these filters provide are excellent. It is no H-alpha scope but it provides great views of sun spots and some decent granulation on the surface when seeing conditions are good. From the research I did, the Baader Solar Film is better than all but the most high end glass filters or wedges. Anyone can make their own filter to get great views of the Sun, thus allowing one to do Astronomy during the day!. Highly recommended.

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      Review by AZ stargazer of mesa, az.
      1333843200
      Apr 7, 2012

      5.0 Make your own filter

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Lightweight,Compact,Quality Lenses

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Purchased the 3 inch square to mate with my Celestron 127 powerseeker. Read on previous thread how easy it to make your own so I did. The views are great and I am NOT blind so well done Baader. Looking now to complete my solar filter collection for the upcoming Venus transit and make my own binocular filter.

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      Review by Troutmask of Chesapeake, VA.
      1330214400
      Feb 25, 2012

      5.0 Great Product!!! Great Company!!!

      Pros:

      Accurate,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I purchased a piece of film and made my own solar filter using tape and a cardboard box for my 90mm Mak-Cass. The results were outstanding, not to mention making your own saves you about $50! The correspondence from Agenaastro was great and the shipping was fast! I would recommend this product as well as Agenaastro.

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      Review by Heliman41 of Valparaiso IN.
      1330128000
      Feb 24, 2012

      5.0 Easy to work with, strong material

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,Accurate,Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I purchased this Baader Solar film for a DIY filter for my refractor & it works great & is very safe to use. The views tru this film show crisp hi def white light views of the Sun. I saved quite a bit going this rout and ended up with the same results as if I would have bought a manufactured Filter. The included filter making instructions were well thought out & copied & make for an extremely safe filter to use.

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      Review by mdaulton33 of Westerville, OH.
      1330128000
      Feb 24, 2012

      5.0 Solar filter on a budget!!

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Inexpensive,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I used the Baader Solar Film to make a lens cover for my 150mm MAK for under $20. The nice contrast this film produces gives wonderful detail of sunspots - more contrast than glass filters costing $75 and more!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by evanapp of Kensington, CA.
      1324166400
      Dec 17, 2011

      5.0 A handy way to buy a solar filter

      Pros:

      Lightweight,Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Comments:

      It is very convenient to buy this film in whatever size you need. Useful guidance is provided for making a complete filter assembly.

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      Review by oriol of Espana.
      1320019200
      Oct 30, 2011

      5.0 An easy complement

      Pros:

      Easy to Use

      Cons:

      Unstable

      Comments:

      It was an easy complement to observe the sun carefull and safety. It is cheap and makes good results

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? No
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      Review by Graypath of Galveston, TX.
      1319846400
      Oct 28, 2011

      5.0 DIY Solar filter for 8" SCT

      Pros:

      Economical,Great instructions

      Cons:

      None-follow instructions

      Comments:

      For greatest success and safety, follow the supplied instructions carefully. I made my filter cell from black poster board, locally available, so no painting was necessary. Shows sunspots well, and would be effective for observing eclipses.

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      Review by Roy G Biv of Westerville, OH.
      1306713600
      May 29, 2011

      5.0 Solar Observing for Less Than $30

      Pros:

      Great Contrast,Natural Color

      Cons:

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      Like most casual astronomers, I like to observe the sun when there is sun spot activity but I don't want to spend $75+ on a filter that I'm only going to use once in a while. With Baader Solar Film you can make your own Solar filter for $30 or less and get great/safe views of the Sun! You buy the size sheet of film for your scope (so there is little waste) and make a custom cardboard cell for you scope - in 30 minutes you can be observing the Sun!

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      Review by JimOfOakCreek of Wisconsin.
      1306627200
      May 28, 2011

      5.0 Great DIY Solar Filter For Binoculars

      Pros:

      Strong Construction

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I recommend Baader Solar Film because it's durable and displays a pale yellowish white sun. Ordinary Mylar displays a blue sun.

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      Review by Wildbirder09 of vancouver BC, Canada.
      1294099200
      Jan 3, 2011

      5.0 [...]

      Pros:

      Compact,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      This was a difficult item to find. It was reasonably priced

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      Review by Igor of Northern Virginia.
      1294012800
      Jan 2, 2011

      5.0 "Classic" solar filter film

      Pros:

      Easy to use,Neutral color,Tough material

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      This is the classic, color-neutral solar filter film. I used it to make my own solar filter for a small reflector. It's easy to work with -- the filter material is pretty forgiving.

      The film comes with suggestions for building your own filter, but you can find better "designs" (easier to build, easier to fit) on the web.

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      Review by Jeff Seivert of Kenosha, WI.
      1294012800
      Jan 2, 2011

      5.0 I would buy this product again

      Pros:

      Free from any defects,Clean

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I used the solar film to build 2 filters for 2 different telescopes. It's easy to work with and there are a lot of tutorials out there on the web if you like to do hands-on projects.

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      Review by Paul K of Galesville, Wisconsin.
      1294012800
      Jan 2, 2011

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Film

      Pros:

      Inexpensive,Strong Construction,Sharp solar images

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Ready-made solar filters are expensive, and even so, do not always provide detailed images of the sun. Baader AstroSolar film comes in sizes for just about anyone's scope, and allows people on a budget to make filters that give amazingly sharp views. As long as one is careful in the construction of the their own mounting, AstroSolar film is an ideal solution.

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      Review by Sunny Mae of Urbana, IL.
      1294012800
      Jan 2, 2011

      5.0 Simple and good

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact

      Cons:

      Unstable

      Comments:

      Make two cardboard rings that are the size of my telescope diameter, and sandwich the film between the two with tape. It's really cheap, simple to use and very effective at the same time. Only bad thing is that the film can be fragile.

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      Review by JimOfOakCreek of Oak Creek, WI.
      1290124800
      Nov 18, 2010

      5.0 Made Home Made Bino Filters

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      I made a pair of solar filters for my Nikon 8X40 binoculars. I even made use of the cardboard packaging that the Baader film came packed with. I beleive the Baader film is safer than mylar. Baader will show the sun as a white disk where mylar shows the sun as blue.

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    146. Nubcaek

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      Review by Herp Mc Derp of Bellflower, CA.
      1274227200
      May 18, 2010

      4.0 Good DIY film

      Pros:

      Does what it says,Compact,Cheap

      Cons:

      Unstable,Difficult to Use,Thin film

      Comments:

      I made my own solar filter with this film and its only flaw is the fact its so thin you must be very careful. I made the error of making my homemade solar filter too tight and it ended up making a suction effect when I placed it on my refractor.

      This suction effect ended up making tiny weakenings, pinholes, but this is a good filter as long as you double check it every time before you use it.

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      Review by Chuck of Brook Park, Ohio.
      1272672000
      Apr 30, 2010

      5.0 Solar Filter

      Pros:

      Accurate,Easy to work with

      Cons:

      None for my use

      Comments:

      I built a custom mount for the Baader solar filter for my 4.5" reflector. I use it full aperture on the 4.5". I also use it on my 12" off axis. Very good sunspot detail. Easy to work with if you need a sun filter for your camera lenses also.

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      Review by Ion01 of Oklahoma.
      1272672000
      Apr 30, 2010

      5.0 Second purchase and great as always!

      Pros:

      Accurate,Quality Lenses

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I constructed a simple method of attaching the filter to the telescope and it works great. Cheap yet clear sharp views of the sun.

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      Review by Onur Atilgan of Izmir, Turkey.
      1272672000
      Apr 30, 2010

      5.0 Excellent quality almost free for groups

      Pros:

      Strong Construction,High quality,Low cost,Easy to use

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      I bought 2 of the largest foil for my astronomy club. 24 people here use the foil and there are still some areas left. We calculated the price for each person and there are even people who had to pay only $ 5 for a full aperture filter for their 6 inch reflectors. The quality could not be better, sunspots are clearly visible and well-detailed. The only con is the fact that you had to build your own cell, but I built mine (for 12 inch reflector) in 1 hour, using only tape and cardboards and it is very solid.

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    150. dfrybarger

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      Dec 4, 2009

      5.0 Great product and it's easy to make a filter holder

      Pros:

      Extremely reasonable price, Great images

      Cons:

      You have make a mount

      Comments:

      I had purchased an Orion glass solar filter for my Celestron 80ED refractor. The images were really not too detailed and in doing research online, I read that the Baader film produced the highest resolution images.

      I ordered a small piece from Agena Astro for a great price and, as usual, had it in a few days. A quick trip to the local hardware store with my dew shield yielded a PVC 4" flange that fit my dew shield perfectly once I shimmed it with velcro. The images are far superior to the glass filter which I ended up selling.

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      Review by Daryl in Thailand of Bangkok, Thailand.
      1257811200
      Nov 9, 2009

      5.0 Works as expected

      Pros:

      Easy to work with

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I purchased the Baader AstroSolar Film to make solar filters for the telescopes at my school. I teach a high school astronomy class and my students were able to observe and track sunspots using a solar filter made from the film (instructions included with the film).

      Sunspot observation allows students to practice using the telescope during the day, when they can see what they are doing.

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      Review by Sailboss of Augusta, GA.
      1257811200
      Nov 9, 2009

      5.0 Great Product for a solar filter!

      Pros:

      Durable,Inexpensive

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I used this film to construct a solar filter for my Meade 80ATBB backpack telescope. It was an easy and enjoyable project with very good results. No distortions in the viewing field and great sunspot views. Highly recommended!

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      Review by George Paige of Grass Valley, CA.
      1257724800
      Nov 8, 2009

      5.0 Baader Film Purchase

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      We were going to China for the Soros eclipse and I need some solar film quickly. Agena was quick, accurate and resonably priced. It was good to business with them

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      Review by Solar eclipse chaser. of Boston, Ma./ Used in China 09 eclipse..
      1257724800
      Nov 8, 2009

      5.0 Solar eclipse must have.

      Pros:

      Compact,Accurate

      Cons:

      Comments:

      As a filter to see sun without retinal damage. Used alone or with binoculars.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by mrrussellong of Manila, Philippines..
      1249776000
      Aug 8, 2009

      5.0 Excellent Product!

      Pros:

      Accurate,Strong Construction

      Cons:

      Difficult to Use

      Comments:

      I used this ND5 filter film to view the solar eclipse last july 2009. It worked great. Cut it out to fit the adapter ring for my Nikon cam system.

      The film is so strong, that even when you try to stretch it, it doesn't tear apart.

      What I found difficult is that, it's a bit thin, which makes it hard to work on. And has to be stretched so that wrinkles won't form, and won't cause any wobbly image.

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      Review by Starmon of Northern Front Range, CO.
      1249603200
      Aug 6, 2009

      5.0 Just as Advertised

      Pros:

      Compact

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Bought a sheet (8x11) of Baader Solar filter, showed up fast and in perfect conditions. Thanks for including an instruction/How-to sheet. Even allows good imaging, though not as fast an exposure as the photo film.

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      Review by Chris of Milwaukee, WI.
      1243728000
      May 30, 2009

      4.0 A unique product

      Pros:

      Accurate

      Cons:

      Difficult to Use

      Comments:

      Baader AstroSolar Film is a unique multi-layered foil product that enables safe observation of solar eclipses and other events. I purchased from Agena AstroProducts because they cut the sheets down in to more manageable and affordable pieces for sale. [...].The one big draw back is that the foil is reflective (duh!) and not at all useful in photographic applications... I had hoped to use it for ultra long exposures during the daytime, but internal reflections between the foil and lens made the resulting image unusable.

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    158. badgr91

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      Review by badgr of Tulsa, OK.
      1243555200
      May 28, 2009

      4.0 Astrosolar film

      Pros:

      Compact

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I bought plastic Electrical pipe caps and cut out the size I needed, then used shims to attach the film to the inside of the caps. The caps come in dec. or metric, so you can get a tight fit on most scope diameters.

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      Review by Happy Astro of Moscow, ID.
      1243468800
      May 27, 2009

      5.0 PERFECT!!

      Pros:

      Compact,Accurate,Strong Construction

      Cons:

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      Just what I was looking for.

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      Review by mnbamne of Pittsburgh, PA.
      1243468800
      May 27, 2009

      5.0 Reliable, yet cheap solution for SOLAR

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact

      Cons:

      Comments:

      I bought this from AgenaAstro. Since it's basically film you have to be careful about handling it, to prevent any pinholes. Mine came with out any pinholes. I installed it on the bottom of the cardboard box with precut hole. I designed it in such a way that entire box slides over my objective. I pasted dark paper on side of the box such that it acts as a flap over the filter.
      Now the quality. Its really good and affordable filter option for solar viewing. It shows white colored sun with clear views of sunspots. Don't expect views of prom with this.
      I would recommend this filter to anyone who is interested in solar views and sunspots. For proms, that is totally different ball game and requires different optical arrangement.

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      Review by Beastenstein of Durham, NC.
      1243382400
      May 26, 2009

      5.0 Very Cost Effective Way to View the Sun

      Pros:

      Great images,Inexpensive

      Cons:

      Film is somewhat fragile

      Comments:

      I bought the Baader Astro film and constructed my own 4" solar filter as described in the instructions included with the product. This was a very cost effective alternative to buying a pre-made unit; especially a glass one but it provides beautiful images of the sun, especially when combined with a yellow or orange planetary filter. Not much sun spot activity lately but just the other day I had some killer views of faculae on the solar limb - something I have never seen visually before. The only detractor is the fragility of the film - make sure you have a storage container that will adequately protect your filter. Overall, very highly recommended.

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      Review by Chris of Chicago, IL.
      1243382400
      May 26, 2009

      5.0 Baader AstroSolar Film

      Pros:

      Accurate,High quality

      Cons:

      Difficult to cut

      Comments:

      This is by far the best solar film that I have purchased. There were absolutely no imperfections in the film, unlike some other companies.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      Review by musgun of Seattle, WA.
      1243382400
      May 26, 2009

      5.0 Small purchase, big satisfaction.

      Pros:

      Accurate,Compact

      Cons:

      Comments:

      Agena Astro was the only place I could find to offer Baader AstroSolar filters at different custom sizes. I got just and only what I needed. The communication was easy too. I would love to do business again.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com

    164. Guest

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      Review by Sidewalk Astronomer of Brookfield, Wisconsin.
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      May 26, 2009

      5.0 Excellent material, does the job.

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      Comments:

      Excellent solar filter material.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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      This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com

    165. AstroGuy1

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      Review by nam2525 of Washington.
      1227139200
      Nov 19, 2008

      5.0 Wonderful and EASY to use!!!

      Pros:

      Durable,Low cost,Easy to use

      Cons:

      Not for solar prominences

      Comments:

      This is a big breakthrough in white light solar viewing from Baader Planetarium....instead of paying $50-$100 or more for a glass filter, you can buy this film for only about $35 and it comes in a roughly 8 x 11 inch sheet that you then cut to whatever size and shape you want. Just design your own cheap filter cell to place on your telescope. The kit even comes with instructions on how to do this! I actually used a grille from a car speaker and some foam for mine, and it fits snugly over the dew shield of my scope and won't fall off. AND, I still have plenty more material left over just in case I want to make more filters for another scope or if the film gets damaged. I have been using mine for over 2 years and it has not been damaged at all.

      ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN SOLAR VIEWING. This filter does a wonderful job protecting you, but just remember to design your filter cell so that it is not easily knocked off the scope by a person or by a breeze. As long as you keep this in mind, you will be very pleased with the views!

      WHAT YOU SEE AND WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE: With white light solar viewing, you see sunspots and even some detail on the sun, but that is about it. No solar prominences. You can buy a small 1-1/4 inch glass filter called the "solar continuum filter" that screws onto your eyepiece or binoviewer nosepiece which can help you see the grainy surface detail and sunspots more clearly (it should be used with an objective filter like the AstroSolar film). This glass filter is also made by Baader Planetarium. I don't have this yet, but I will probably get it soon.

      In order to see solar prominences, you have to buy a highly specialized filter system and these can be roughly $1500 to $2000 or more...OR buy the PST Personal Solar Telescope from Coronado for about $500. This is a small scope that lets you see those big solar prominences. This is just something to keep in mind.

      In short, for white light solar viewing at a small and very reasonable cost, the AstroSolar film from Baader Planetarium simply cannot be beat!! This is one of the best deals in astronomy in my opinion, because you get a great product that can be customized to suit your needs (small refractor, binoculars, big SCT) and you still have some solar film left over for other scopes or just in case the film gets damaged.

      This simple product gets the highest recommendation I have ever given in any of my reviews! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No

      This review was provided courtesy of AgenaAstro.com

    166. Stargazer

      Stargazer New Member

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      Oct 22, 2008

      5.0 Go Solar

      Pros:

      Inexpensive, Pleasant view

      Cons:

      None

      Comments:

      With the solar cycle promising to peak soon, I wanted to be prepared for some "white light" viewing of our closest star. I started checking the prices on glass filters for my two refractors, a 80mm and a 110mm. Though reasonably priced, if I wanted to have one for each scope, the cost was more than I wanted to put out.

      In the search process, I came across the Baader AstroSolar film at Agena AstroProducts. This was an excellent opportunity to equip each scope with it's own filter without "breaking the bank". The film needed to equip both scopes (with some left over) was far less than the cost of one glass filter. Because the film comes in various square sheets, I ordered enough to make filters for both scopes. While waiting for the sheet of material to show up, I downloaded the instructions, from Agena's site for making your own cell. Instructions are also included WITH the product and a full Baader AstroSolar film sheet (approximately 20"x40") is available...for those with the need for more than a few filters.

      I used cardboard, built up in layers, to form the cells. This proved to be very adequate and sturdy...enough that a wind wouldn't be sending my filter into the next county. A snug fit is very important...especially if there are other observers involved.

      The filter material gives a very comfortable, natural view of the sun. Sunspots (when present) are very detailed and I've even used the "visual" film for photographing the Sun's disk with good results.

      If you're thinking about getting into white light solar viewing, during this upcoming peak in sunspot activity, the Baader AstroSolar film is a very inexpensive and effective accessory.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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    167. cosmic109

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      1196418300
      Nov 30, 2007

      4.0 Baader Planetarium AstroSolar Safety Film

      Pros:

      Lightweight and easy to cut; Very good performance;
      Great Contrast and clarity.

      Cons:

      Very thin, handle with care.

      Comments:

      The Transit of Mercury in 2006 was literally a washout for me. I was set up and ready to go, but the weather was a solid wall of overcast clouds. Oh well, that's the way it goes sometimes in the world of astronomy. However, all was not lost. The following day, which turned out to be bright and sunny, I was rewarded with a great view of the sun and low and behold...sunspots! This solar observation was accomplished with the help of Baader Planetarium AstoSolar Safety Film, cut and stretched across and fitted to an 83mm solar film cell holder, placed over the dew shield of my Orion 80mm f/5 refractor.

      I must say that I was impressed by the performance of the Baader Solar Film. It rendered views of the sun in a neutral white tone, with very nice contrast and clarity. Views of the sunspots were sharp, and even showed some details around the spots themselves. I've yet to use any glass solar filters, but the Baader AstroSolar Safety Film is an economical alternative.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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    168. dawsonian2000

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      Jul 24, 2007

      5.0 Making your own Baader Solar Filter for a Subtantial Savings

      Pros:

      Great image. 3D effect with natural white color, sky background is black. Inexpensive.

      Cons:

      Very slight contrast deficiency. Possibly due to bad objective.

      Comments:

      As I prepared for the May 2006 Transit of Mercury, I needed a safe, inexpensive, and high performance means to view the event. After reading a wealth of reviews about the latest products used to observe the Sun, I decided to go with the Baader AstroSolar Safety Film - a thin optically transparent aluminum coated substrate.

      I purchased a 6" x 6" sheet of the film from a reputable dealer at a great price and was able to construct three front-end tube attachable units for my telescopes. The filter units I made were for my 4.5" f/8 Newtonian reflector, 90mm f/11 Konus refractor, and my 2.4" f/15 Jason refractor. I even had enough of the stuff reserved over to make another one if needed! If I would have purchased the filters with pre-fabricated cells, they would have cost me a small fortune. Using only a 3" x3" square section of the filter allowed me to make a well constructed cardboard front-end attachable filter with a clear aperture of around 2.5" inches for my 4.5" reflector. Just remember to do as the instructions say in keeping the film loose with no stress or stretching during construction. Actually, it is recommended that when you attach the film to your cell, that it should have a loose wavy (but not wrinkled) relaxed appearance to it. This will not at all affect performance. It is recommended by Baader.

      SPECIAL NOTE:

      Baader AstroSolar Safety Film is very thin, yet durable. Before cutting out a section for your project, place the film between two sheets of typing paper being careful not to folder, crimp, or letting the film slide freely between the sheets. This process has many beneficial results. One, it will prevent you from having to handle the film with your bare hands causing image quality robbing finger prints, and secondly, it will make for more accurate and easier cutting of the material. The stuff is so thin that cutting it without adequate protection will most likely ruin it. So cut it between a paper substrate.

      PERFORMANCE:

      Using my 90mm refractor, I attached the filter to the dew cap and took aim at the Sun, and the Mercury transit was already in progress. I was happy to see that the Sun took on a natural white color compared to other filters that cast the image in yellow, or orange. The sky showed up as black. Instituting a power of 25x using my 40mm Televue Plossl, revealed some very fine detail on my 90mm f/11. I could easily make out granulation over the entire Sun's surface, patches of faculae along the limb, and the one sunspot visible near the limb looked great. And when I switched to a higher power, I could make out fine detail in the penumbra of the sunspot with relative ease. As for Mercury, it appeared as a distinct disk against the Sun's surface. What really struck me was how well the Sun's spherical shape was conveyed. The overall effect of the filter enhanced the image in making the Sun look more three dimensional, rather than as a flat disk with curved-over edges. The only small drawback I noticed with this filter was how it ever so slightly muted the contrast of the sunspot and the tiny disk of Mercury against the Sun's face. But, then again, I discovered later that my objective was mildly under-corrected, which could have been a contributing factor. Nevertheless, the view was breathtaking. I highly recommend Baader AstroSolar Safety Film for safe and enjoyable observing of our nearest star.

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
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    169. nam2525

      nam2525 New Member

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      1178205180
      May 3, 2007

      5.0 Wonderful and EASY to use!!!

      Pros:

      Low cost, durable, Easy to use

      Cons:

      Can't see solar prominences

      Comments:

      This is a big breakthrough in white light solar viewing from Baader Planetarium....instead of paying $50-$100 or more for a glass filter, you can buy this film for only about $35 and it comes in a roughly 8 x 11 inch sheet that you then cut to whatever size and shape you want. Just design your own cheap filter cell to place on your telescope. The kit even comes with instructions on how to do this! I actually used a grille from a car speaker and some foam for mine, and it fits snugly over the dew shield of my scope and won't fall off. AND, I still have plenty more material left over just in case I want to make more filters for another scope or if the film gets damaged. I have been using mine for over 2 years and it has not been damaged at all.

      ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN SOLAR VIEWING. This filter does a wonderful job protecting you, but just remember to design your filter cell so that it is not easily knocked off the scope by a person or by a breeze. As long as you keep this in mind, you will be very pleased with the views!

      WHAT YOU SEE AND WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE: With white light solar viewing, you see sunspots and even some detail on the sun, but that is about it. No solar prominences. You can buy a small 1-1/4 inch glass filter called the "solar continuum filter" that screws onto your eyepiece or binoviewer nosepiece which can help you see the grainy surface detail and sunspots more clearly (it should be used with an objective filter like the AstroSolar film). This glass filter is also made by Baader Planetarium. It costs about $80. I don't have this yet, but I will probably get it soon.

      In order to see solar prominences, you have to buy a highly specialized filter system and these can be roughly $1500 to $2000 or more...OR buy the PST Personal Solar Telescope from Coronado for about $500. This is a small scope that lets you see those big solar prominences. This is just something to keep in mind.

      In short, for white light solar viewing at a small and very reasonable cost, the AstroSolar film from Baader Planetarium simply cannot be beat!! This is one of the best deals in astronomy in my opinion, because you get a great product that can be customized to suit your needs (small refractor, binoculars, big SCT) and you still have some solar film left over for other scopes or just in case the film gets damaged.

      This simple product gets the highest recommendation I have ever given in any of my reviews on this site!

      VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!

      Bottom Line: Would you recommend this item? Yes
      Was this review helpful? Yes / No
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