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Going white light nuts!

10 Oct 2021, 15:30 UTC
Going white light nuts!
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Clear sky this morning, though clouds quickly moved in about 10.00 a.m.Managed to capture a couple of solar images with the 90mm Maksutov, mounted on the sturdy eq3 mount. Makes a big stability difference when the telescope weighs less than the mount!The images were taken with our old Nikon D70. An old camera by modern standards, but it still does the job fairly well. When I consider my first "astronomy" digital camera was a 1.3mp fixed lens two AA battery compact, then the D70 will more than keep me happy.... for now!Visually the Active Region 2882 stood out really well through the tiny Maksutov. AR2882With a 25mm eyepiece the sunspot grouping could easily be seen and was bigger than expected.I haven't taken any white light images for ages, mostly I've been lost in Ha light these past few months.With the easy setup of the Mak90 and D70 I have no excuse to not go white light nuts this Autumn !

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