OK, Likely to cause arguements but after a few years I just need to ask.
When people buy a film front filter many expect to see solar surface structure in the form of granularity and also flares bursting forth from the edge of the sun.
I am one of the first to point out they should not expect such detail.
So the question:
What makes a solar scope, say Ha, a solar scope that displays surface granularity and flares?
Why is it not apparently possible to add items in to a "standard" scope to do so? Say a front filter and assorted bits between rear of scope and eyepiece.
We have polarizers, linear and circular, Herschel wedges, some that are at the Brewster angle so deliver polarized light, we have assorted narrow band filters - many at Ha.
My Herschel wedge has the wedge to drop to 5%, then an ND3 filter, a continium filter and a UV+IR cut filter. So adding filters would seem fairly "easy".
Just one of those questions of Why? or Why not?
Suppose it is basically: With an everyday scope, refractor. Could you add standard off the shelf items to get to a "proper" solar scope that displays surface detail and flares?
As said I/we keep saying you cannot see surface and flare detail but why can you not by some hopefully simple method. One day some one will reply to me saying "You cannot" and ask "Why can I not somehow?". And basically I don't know.