jemann wrote in post #6318377
I've also been considering buying a telescope for deep sky astro shots, so perhaps I should hold off on snapping the sun until I've got some more suitable gear.
Solar photography can be quite a pricey hobby, the easiest would be to just photograph sunspots with a white light filter, you can buy a baader filter for $20-$60 depending on the apature. If you Google image search baader filter you will see some examples of the types of images you could get.
Now with this you won't be able to see flares or prominence which IMO are the of the most impressive things you can see on the sun. To image these you will need as mentioned above, a H-Alpha filter. Buying a separate filter for you lens would be fairly pricey, the 100-400mm F4-5.6 has an apature of about 72mm, a filter of that size would run around $1000+. And as apature goes up price goes up exponentially. I know a guy who has a 6" Daystar filter for his Schmidt Cassegrain telescope, the view is amazing but it set him back over $10,000 just for the filter.
So as mentioned the best buy is the PST by Coronado, it is a 60mm solar scope that you can pickup for around $500. You won't find anything better for solar imaging anywhere near that price.
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