EAS Summer Sunwatch

Well, we tried. Oh, we really tried. A great turn-out at Kendal Museum by EAS members – well, EAS *Committee* members anyway – was grudgingly rewarded by the sky with tantalising hints of sunshine, and fleeting views of the Sun, but we were cheated out of any serious observing by the thick cloud that kept rolling over us. But we did manage to show the Sun to a handful of people, through a variety of telescopes – both directly, through solar telescopes, and indirectly, by projection – and there was a smattering of sunspots on the solar disc to look at. Thanks to the Museum for allowing us to set up camp in their yard, and to everyone who came along. It’s always worth doing events like this because even if just one person turns up and has a look, that one person will never forget it. Hopefully we’ll have more luck with the Sunwatch in September during “Stargazing Kendal”.

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Sunwatch

Thanks to those who organised the sunwatch yesterday (Sat 14th). In the brief interludes between clouds I saw a glowing red sun with flare through the solar scope and loads of sunspots on the projected images, sights only previously seen in pictures.
Somewhere in Kendal is one little boy who couldn’t wipe the smile off his face

Loads of sunspots

There are loads of sunspots visible on the Sun at the moment… visible with a small scope fitted with suitable filters. Don’t try eyeballing without filters! Here is an image taken Friday lunchtime using a 66mm scope fitted with eclipse viewing film – Baader astrosolar safety film – using an SLR camera.

Sun imaged April 18 2014

Sun imaged April 18 2014

Ian B