Thanks, Tom. Since you will be using the Lunt, I feel more comfortable. I purchased the Lunt Wedge about 6(?) months ago. I called Lunt and made sure there would be no problem with a 5" refractor getting the wedge too hot and was told there would be no problem I was uncertain about the claim of superiority (not by Lunt, but others) over the Thousand Oaks filter in detail that can be seen and so I also purchased it and compared the two. It does appear the Lunt has a slight edge over the Oaks. BTW, if anyone purchases a Thousand Oaks filter for a small refractor, start out putting a small amount of the felt on the inside of the aluminum housing. I made the mistake of putting too much and couldn't get the filter on the end of the telescope. I had a heck of a job working loose the felt (because of the adhesive back) with a cloth and rubbing alcohol. Stan On 5/12/2012 9:05 AM, Tom Polakis wrote: > > I just purchased a Lunt 1 1/4" solar wedge in the past month. In addition to > a wedge being the superior white-light filter, it has the added benefit of > tunable brightness. Without a polarizer, the sun is a bit uncomfortably > bright for visual use, but can be easily dimmed to a better level by rotating > an eyepiece with a polarizer in it. During annularity, I am anticipating > that I will have the polarizer rotated to a brighter setting, since the limb > of the sun is so much fainter than the center. > > -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.