The visual and photographic Astro-Solar films by
come rather tightly rolled with a protective paper sheet as a
Thinking of ways to mount this to my AP155 dewcap, it was my wife who came
up with this idea: "Why not use one of those embroidering frames? They come in different sizes - surely one will match the
These frames are made of two concentric wooden hoops: the inner one is a
solid closed one, the outer one is split and has a thumbscrew arrangement
to tighten it onto the inner one thereby compressing and holding the
embroidering cloth (or in this case the Astro-Solar film).
Armed with the dustcap for sizing, I went shopping and found that the frames
go in inch-sizes, just like telescopes. The 8" size seemed about
right and I bought 2 frames for a grand total of 1.200 Chilean Pesos (2
The rest was easy. It took no more than 5 minutes to assemble the film in the "cell":
Lay out the film with the protective sheet "convex" side down on
a sheet of paper. Using a carpet knife and the frame as a guide cut through the three layers leaving at least a 1/4" of film protruding.
Remove top paper sheet, put some paper glue (glue stick) to the inner hoop
and carefully center it on the film cutout: this guarantees a stress-free mounting of the film which is important for optical
quality. Leave to dry with some weight on it for a minute or so. Then turn
over, mount the outer hoop and gently tighten the thumbscrew.
Putting a self adhesive strip of "Tesa Moll" (the foamy stuff that
is used against drafty doors and windows) on the inside of the cell proved to give just the right tightness to fit the "cell" to the
AP155's dewcap: in fact it is tight enough that when grabbing only
the filter cell you can safely lift the whole dewcap. Whatever fixing
method you choose, make sure that the filter cannot be accidently removed
by a bump or a wind gust.
Folks, it took longer to write this posting than to actually assemble the two filter cells.
By the way, although Santiago winter sky was hazy with smog and the sun
near its lowest, my first 6" full aperture view of the sun was breathtaking!
For the source of the AstroSolar Safety film please consult: