I decided to purchase the solar filters I researched before. The installing was very easy. I had noticed a video on Rainbow Symphony’s website on how to do the installing. I add to double up the felt but it was good fit. Unfortunately, it was rainy today so not able to test.
In working through getting our supplies for the solar eclipse trip, I was thinking about getting a pair of solar binoculars to match the kid’s smaller solar binoculars. But, decided to pass since I hope to get a solar telescope. But, than as I was skimming one of the eclipse books I purchased, I saw a section on solar filters. I knew they existed for telescopes but found out they existed for binoculars too.
So, I did some research but the prices were very high. Some were similar prices to dedicated solar binoculars. But, then I found out Rainbow Symphony sold film solar filters instead of the more expensive glass filters. The price was around $20 though would need two. I added it to my purchase list.
I decided to go with the Orion 10×50 Binocular Stargazing Kit.
I liked this product for a couple of reason. First, it was the recommended size of binocular. Second, it came with a software program which was nice because I wanted to research astronomy software also. Lastly it had a small red flashlight and a planisphere.
When my package arrived, one of the lens on the binocular wasn’t screwed in all the ways. Orion handled the exchange with great customer service. The replacement binocular worked great. I read through the one-page manual and got them all setup for my eyesight. I did some terrestrial viewing and the results were excellent. I still haven’t looked up at the stars yet.
Overall, I would recommend this product as a great introduction to astronomy.
I started doing my research into the next telescope I should purchase. I currently have the Meade ETX90 but wanted to get something bigger. But, my initial research said that binoculars were actually a good first step.
The video pointed to a 10×50 binocular has a good option for astronomy.