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Following Observe the Moon Night with (Carefully) Observe the SUNday

9 Oct 2016, 17:09 UTC
Following Observe the Moon Night with (Carefully) Observe the SUNday
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Can the Sunday after International Observe the Moon Night be known as Carefully Observe the Sun Day? Maybe we shouldn't encourage the general public to observe the sun, that could turn bad. But anyway, I had gorgeous clear skies today and had a busy and fun morning working on solar projects! I don't observe the sun all that often. Check it out, each of the active regions (sunspots) are the size of the Earth!Canon T5i single frame prime focus on Meade 285, ISO 800, 1/60 sec, 900mmI find it much more challenging than observing the moon for a few reasons: You can't look at the sun to line up your telescope - I ended up slewing around hoping to stumble upon it in my eyepiece. Viewing your camera's LCD screen in the daytime is terrible - and if you rely on it to focus like I do, this becomes extremely challenging.Today's sun from sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov showing active regionsI modified my homemade DSLR solar filter to fit over my telescope. This is my first solar image at prime focus, and it was my first time observing the sun through my telescope eyepiece. Here are some more photos from today:My solar observing setup ...

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