I used a cheap film filter that I bought years ago for my 8" telescope. It fits the telescope nicely and I was able to just hold it in front of my lens.
EDIT: so that it's clear, when I said film filter, it's something that comes in a large sheet, a film so to speak, which I ordered and cut to fit the 8" opening of my telescope. I actually attached it to a flat and square USPS box and cut out the right size hole... it's complicated
I understood what you were saying Gabe. A few of my friends have
large telescopes. One has a relector that I think is 16 inchs across
and needs several people to move.
Was the film anything like this http://www.astro-physics.com …ries/solar_acc/astrosolar
I noticed it has a rating of ND 3.8 and ND 5.0 depending upon which
version you use. Or 13 and 16 F stops. I wonder if the Lee Big stopper
would be enough at 10 F stops. Or maybe stack a pair of them.
The only think I don't know if it filters out enough ultra violet to be
safe looking thru at the sun.
The sun spots on the surface are actually more interesting than the
planet is, to me.