Getting ready for the solar eclipse coming to the USA this August, I bought a solar filter for my Infinity 80.
Naturally, when it was delivered today, it was raining. It does, however, fit the Infinty 80 perfectly, with a little foam strip that came with the filter installed inside the rim. This filter is the white light filter now being sold by Meade. The number 400 filter fits my scope over the end of the dew shield, with a thumb screw to tighten to the shield.
Later this afternoon, the clouds to the west end of the cloud deck cleared out some and the sun started shining through. Eager to try out the filter, I took the telescope out front on the drive way. The sun itself showed to be totally free of sunspots when I finally got a look at it. The really fun part was having the top of the sun disk being blocked out by the edge of the cloud deck, that was moving slowly in one direction, and some thinner clouds toward the bottom of the disk, moving in the opposite direction. The view was totally captivating. All kinds of swirls could be seen in the clouds themselves as they moved by the sun's disk and the image was very high contrast, like an X-ray film.
I was pretty much trapped with the view, until my back started aching as I was leaning over the scope, rather than sitting in my astronomy chair.
I have a new perspective on clouds during the daytime! I will now be looking for opportunities of watching clouds go by the sun.