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We're on the lead up now until the transit of Mercury on the 11th November. Just under two weeks to go.
As its not too far away now we thought we would put together some of the items we have discussed in our recent blogs in a sort of - well - shopping list. This will help you see at a glance some suggested products that not only will allow you to safely follow Mercury's path across the face of our Sun, but will also let you observe the Sun at other times too.
Suggested Shopping List
Celestron EclipSmart Solar Filters: If you have a Celestron 6" SCT or 8" SCT or Edge HD telescope - Celestron offer their EclipSmart Solar Filters to fit. These ready made filters simply attach to the front of the telescope's tube. Read more here.
Baader AstroSolar safety film: Available in ND3.8 (for photography only) or ND5.0 (for visual and imaging) with ~A4 size being the most popular. Make your own filter holder for the AstroSolar film to fit your optical equipment - which is part of the fun (see here for info on making your filter holder).
You can see more of the AstroSolar range here.
Baader AstroSolar ready made filters: These ready made filters use the Baader AstroSolar safety film and will fit a wide range of camera lenses/spotting scopes, binoculars, and telescopes. Read more on this range here.
Baader Herschel Wedge: For uncompromising sharp solar observation/photography in white light. The unit has a heat absorbing ceramic tile that also acts as Solar finder screen and also comes with Baaders 2" ClickLock eyepiece clamp. Photographic and visual versions are available.
Celestron NexYZ: Do you want to take some images of the transit quickly and easily with your telescope (with the appropriate safety equipment of course)? Then the Celestron NexYZ is ideal!
Simply attach your phone to the adaptor, clamp the adaptor to your eyepiece, adjust the adaptor to get the perfect shot and press the smartphone camera button to capture the image. No laptops or cables to worry about. Quick and easily remove the NexYZ device to let you observe the transit again!
Don't forget - when viewing or imaging the Sun safety and the use of appropriate safety Solar accessories are needed. Also..don't forget - if you have a finderscope make sure that is either removed, dust caps placed on securely or that it is also covered in Solar safety material too!
We are very much looking forward to this event and we hope that we all get clear skies for the duration of the transit of Mercury.