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    Default First Look At The Sun After Long Winter Break



    Sorry, no pics. Stuck my white light filter on my Newt today and took my first look at ol' Sol since last November. The sun gets so low here during the winter that I pretty much just took the winter months off from solar observing, but now with the sun much higher again I decided it was time to get back into it. A nice area of sunspot activity towards the bottom (as viewed through my scope) of the solar disk. Seeing seemed decent today, some granulation and details noted in the four EPs I used (17.3mm Delos, 14mm Meade UWA, ES82 6.7mm and 4.7mm). The high power views through the ES 6.7 and 4.7 yielded some nice detail around this active area. Hoping for a sunny day for the Mercury transit but forecast has a 90% chance of heavy thunderstorms...story of my life.... Thanks for reading, clear and sunny skies!
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    Default Re: First Look At The Sun After Long Winter Break

    Nice views on Sol Wings. White light can be a lot of fun when things start picking up in the cycle. So far it is looking like I will have complete cloud cover till around noon on Monday.
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    Default Re: First Look At The Sun After Long Winter Break

    Sounds like some fun viewing, Wings. I need to make my next purchase a solar filter. Closest star and I can't even look at it.

    Yeah, we are forecast for heavy thunderstorms here as well for the transit.

    Mostly clear here right now, but lots of contrails and ribbons of wispy stuff hanging around. Hope that clears out for tonight.
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    Sounds like some fun viewing, Wings. I need to make my next purchase a solar filter. Closest star and I can't even look at it.

    Yeah, we are forecast for heavy thunderstorms here as well for the transit.

    Mostly clear here right now, but lots of contrails and ribbons of wispy stuff hanging around. Hope that clears out for tonight.
    It was sort of clearish here last night, but decided to sit it out as it wasn't all that great (scattered clouds, not so good transparency). Tonight looks favorable, but clear night + no moon = me probably having aperture withdrawals thinking of all the galaxy hunting I could have done! Looks like Mars and Saturn (and Jupiter if I get out quick enough after work) for me tonight, could visit a few favorite DSOs too, I suppose. I'd pull an all nighter and try for my last 6 Messiers early in the morning, but I have a feeling I'm going to be pretty tired tonight.
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    Default Re: First Look At The Sun After Long Winter Break

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    It was sort of clearish here last night, but decided to sit it out as it wasn't all that great (scattered clouds, not so good transparency). Tonight looks favorable, but clear night + no moon = me probably having aperture withdrawals thinking of all the galaxy hunting I could have done! Looks like Mars and Saturn (and Jupiter if I get out quick enough after work) for me tonight, could visit a few favorite DSOs too, I suppose. I'd pull an all nighter and try for my last 6 Messiers early in the morning, but I have a feeling I'm going to be pretty tired tonight.
    Well, good luck, buddy. I'll be rooting for you on the Last 6.
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    Default Re: First Look At The Sun After Long Winter Break

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    Sounds like some fun viewing, Wings. I need to make my next purchase a solar filter. Closest star and I can't even look at it.
    That little 90mm Mak would make a nice scope for solar viewing...just saying.... The Orion website has solar filters for pretty much every size ota there is.
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