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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Solar Sidewalk Observing Today - Fail

I wanted to try a daylight astronomy outreach session from the Cafeneto today, observing the sun in white light with my Baader solar filter on the 80mm Brandon refractor. So after diligently setting everything up I trucked over to the 'neto, set up my scope, only to find myself skunked by a completely spotless disk.

The sun isn't very interesting in white light with no sun spots, so I packed things up and retired for the afternoon. This has been a very slow start to the new solar cycle, with the sun showing many days without spots. Perhaps I will have to get a hydrogen-alpha filter to spice things up on these slow, spotless days.

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