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Asked by chowyin13 to DJ, Kyler, Mia, Mick, Peter on 2 Sep 2013.
Keywords: filters, sun, telescope
Yes, there are special solar filters that can be fitted to a telescope which will let you look at the Sun without damaging your eyes.
If you have a telescope but do not have a solar filter, you can also hold a sheet of paper about 10cm from the eye piece and the telescope will project an image of the Sun on to it.
Peter is spot on. One way to look at an eclipse is by using a telescope and projecting the image onto white paper or cardboard. You should never look at the sun without some form of proper precaution though.
Hmmm, all the information I looked at said NOT to look at the sun with binoculars or with a telescope unless you have proper solar filters or a professional solar telescope. You could permanently damage your eyes otherwise.
That’s actually a really good idea. As long as you have a very special filter, you can see the sun with a telescope. DON’T do it unless you have the right filter. Also it is better to project the image of the sun onto a piece of paper as David and Peter mentioned, rather than looking through a telescope directly.
I would never look at the sun like that but thanks for the information.
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