I joined Damian in his garden in Streethay to observe the solar disc today. Interesting to compare my very amateurish drawings with Roger’s amazing photos in his post from his session with the sun today! Still, it was great fun.
I think that Damian intends to add in his own post soon – his drawings were amazing…..the artist at work puts me in the shade!
Both Damian and I have Daystar Hydrogen Alpha filters for observing the sun and I also have a Daystar Calcium-H filter. The latter performed really well today showing up substantial white haloes around the sunspots and also in the area of the filament in Roger’s photo. I have tried to capture these white areas in my drawing of the Calcium-H view. That filter does not show the prominences – the H-Alpha filter is required for that.
The drawings below were all drawn at my telescope:
- Sky Watcher Equinox Pro 80mm on Manfrotto mount
- Daystar Hydrogen Alpha and Calcium-H filters
- Televue Plossl 32mm eyepiece
- Baader 8-28mm zoom eyepiece