how to make a solar filter

How To Make A Solar Filter For Camera

If you are shooting in daylight, want to capture the perfect solar eclipse photo, or simply want to watch the magnificent planets of our solar system more clearly, then a solar filter is exactly what you need.

These solar filters are crucial to protect the delicate electronic parts in your camera or telescope from intense sunlight and improve the visibility of objects in sunlight.

As you know, solar filters are extremely fragile and they can break very easily.

Therefore, in this article, we will show you how to make a solar filter for camera with some easy tools that you can find laying around your house.

Don’t worry this is a very beginner friendly guide that will teach you exactly how to make a DIY solar filter step by step even if you don’t have any experience at all

So without further ado, let’s jump right into the three main steps to make a DIY camera solar filter.

Step 1: Prepare your tools

  1. Solar film or Compact Disc
  2. Wide-Tip Marker
  3. Cutters and Scissors
  4. Plastic Ruler
  5. Cardboard 
  6. Glue
  7. Gaffer tape

Step 2: Measure the diameter of the lens

solar film

To do this, you need to place the lens’s outer cover on the solar film and trace it with the marker.

If you don’t have solar film, you can use a CD instead.

However, you need to carefully remove the polycarbonate plastic and maintain the reflective side of the CD.

Step 3: Cut out the circle

Obviously, the next step after measuring your telescope’s lens diameter would be to cut out the circle.

Just use a cutter or scissors to cut the circle and make sure to leave a small gap inside the line.

Step 4: Cut the cardboard

The will be the back sheet of your solar filter.

Get a piece of cardboard and draw the inner and outer diameter of your lens with a marker, then cut the cardboard out making a ring.

Another way to do it is to use a cover with a removable center

Step 5: Cover the ring with the solar film

After cutting the ring, now it’s time to cover it with the solar film.

Simply, put the solar film on the ring and cut it out as precise as possible, then glue the solar film and the cardboard ring together.

Finally, trim the edges to smoothen your solar camera filter and to make it will fit perfectly on your camera.

Step 6: Tape along the front edge of the lens hood

We are almost done.

Now, you just need to cut the tape edge into slits for easy folding, then fan the tape slits outward and apply them to the solar film.

Finally, all you need to do is to tape down the edges of the tape, and voila! enjoy your DIY camera filter.

Last Words

As promised, in this article, we showed you how to make a solar filter for telescope and camera, so you can enjoy shooting in the daylight and watch the marvelous planets and stars in 4K

In the end, we really hope you enjoyed this article as much as we did.

Have you tried to make a solar filter for camera yourself? Have you made a DIY solar filter telescope before?

If so, please share your work with us in the comments section below.

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