I joined the BAA in 1970 December as a teenager - and was fascinated by the Sun especially. First and foremost one did not need a large telescope to do serious observations; it was a daylight object and stamping around on a cold winters night scraping freezing dew of the telescope was not a problem solar observers really had to cope with (though I have had really cold but sunny days to observe in!)
When I first began solar observing the only safe way was via the projection method and satisfying it was too, watching the spots on the solar disk growing, evolving and finally decaying during their fourteen day journey across the solar face. Fortunately over the last 30 years or so there has been a dramatic interest in solar observing bought about, no doubt, by the many technical innovations - metalised-polyester film ('mylar') for example which has opened up solar observing to many, and of course the introduction of narrow-band filters and dedicated solar instruments to observe the Sun outside of the constraints of white-light.
Being a member of the BAA has certainly helped me enjoy my hobby and over the years have enjoyed the many aspects of our pastime.
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