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Joe, If I remember correctly the 28th was overcast. I did make it out on the 27th and it was clear - not many people - I set up at 2:00 p.m. but by then the school kids had already departed. Only one small sunspot visable. The main reason for my being there on the 27th was because I had a class there that evening "If only I had a giant telescope!". So far the class is incredible. There are only ten of in the class (that is the limit) and the first session we went over the equipment and procedures for using remote viewing on the Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. This Friday is the follow up - we have one hour that we get to do remote viewing on the 3.5 METER telescope. We do get to take pictures and download them and I'll work on posting them over the weekend. ;D
Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Feb 2, 2005 15:49:17 GMT -6
I am excited for you in taking that class you were telling me about. So cool! I anticipate the pics.
I did make the 28th of Jan solar session, but it was hazy. I brought out the solar scope, the 4" refractor and the 5" SCT to compare the views. The H-alpha scope was useless considering the high clouds, although a disk was observable, no prominences were visible, nor any sunspots.
Through the other scopes I was able to project decent images, but it was rather unimpressive, as no sunspot activity could be observed, and again...the clouds were obscuring the disk and preventing bright imaging.
On a plus note, both Chicago Astronomer members Alan and John stopped on by to say hello and commiserate. We discussed all topics astronomy, I learned a few things and it was a nice group meeting. I'm sure that our future star parties will be great times and can't wait until the weather gets warmer. I have pics to post, but until I reformat I'm holding off.
It was a nice time and encourage all to stop on by during our sessions at the Adler.
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