Jump to content

Proof of the warnings!

Peter B

Recommended Posts

I set my 102mm refractor up with the solar filter to look at some sun spots.


Nice session, and when I'd had enough I popped the eyepiece cover back on but then made a mistake.  I took the solar filter off the end of the scope before turning the scope away from the sun and instantly smelled plastic burning.  I realized my mistake and quickly turned the scope away from the sun.


With the telescope pointing at the sun without the solar filter it took literally an instant to burn a hole in the plastic eyepiece cover.


Proof of the warnings if ever there was one!


  • Thanks 2
  • Sad 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yes, the sun's a pretty scary target.   It took me a long time to trust my solar filter and even now I'm extremely careful when i use it for viewing as against photography.   You need to have your wits about you when you're on the sun which this time mine unfortunately were not and it's just as well it wasn't my camera or I think it would have been bye bye camera!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Create New...