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Balu and I were able to sneak a few hours Saturday afternoon to showcase el Sol. Oh well..... maybe Celestial Ball next year.
The large sunspot group was clearly visible through the Orion 8" Dob armed with white light filter. One visitor likened the grouping as "fly droppings" As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
The Televue Solaris scope with H-alpha filter, also showed the grouping, albeit washed in the deep false red orange glow. Right at limb closest to grouping was a tall prominence. At the opposite side, several swirling prominences were visible. There was one unusual prominence that stood out as a single straight spike. It gradually dissipated at the end of the session.
It was amazing to see how technology has made it easier for astrophotography. Several visitors armed with digital video cameras were able to take clips of the sun.
Balu didn't need to work too hard rounding up the visitors this afternoon as there was a steady stream. Adler looked naked as most of the displays were being cleared out from the halls, making way for the Celestial Ball. At 2:30pm visitors were no longer allowed in the museum. It was unfortunate for one family who had to carry a baby stroller down the steps.
I asked Balu what his thoughts were volunteering at Adler. Balu commented he enjoys it greatly and wished he had started volunteering earlier in his life.
I stayed a few minutes longer to try my second attempt at taking pics through the H-alpha filter.
I missed recording the strange prominence. Oh, well.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2005 20:12:53 GMT -6 by atomant