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H-Alpha view of the Venus Transit - June 5, 2012 - 22:51 UT Wow! Two amazing solar events within a couple weeks of each other--Annular Eclipse and Venus Transit! The first bookend Venus transit occurred during the summer of 2004, a couple months before I got my first telescope and...
The annular eclipse that skidded out of Asia, across the Pacific and into the Western US put on a great show Sunday afternoon. We drove up to Monument Valley and set up on the side of the dirt road that runs through the monument. Eclipse watchers were everywhere, viewing with...

In Pursuit of a Green Flicker

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Until a few weeks ago, I've never made a serious attempt to look for a green flash on the setting sun. My horizons are treed and mountainous. And when I have had access to an ocean or flat desert horizon, there have either been clouds or other things to...

Mercury - Solar Transit

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Move mouse over image to see labels. Click here to view large image (52K) Observation Notes: On Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, Mercury was due for a solar transit. Now, in my neck of the woods, that just happens to be a work day. So I planned to set up...
Move mouse over image to see labels. Observation Notes: I set the scope up outside the front door to have a look at AR0923. I got a chance to show Amanda and the kids the view. Harrison thought it was pretty cool, but sunspots don't easily beg people to...
H-Alpha Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. Observation Notes: Today was first light for the new Coronado PST that arrived this morning. The views were excellent, and although there were no sunspots to study, a number of prominences decorated the limb....
H-Alpha Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. Observation Notes: The solar limb extruded a fantastic prominence today at PA 210 degrees. It took the shape of a calligrapher's X, or perhaps something like a Cretaceous claw reaching over from the Sun's...

Solar H-Alpha: SEP 27, 2009 - 21:15 UT

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H-Alpha Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. Observation Notes: A beautiful set of proms and dynamic active regions decorated the sun today. AR 1027 was alive and three regions fizzed with pores amid a network of plages and filaments. These spots...
H-Alpha Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. Observation Notes: The latest active region looks fantastic. At 40X, I counted 10 spots/pores amid a network of plages. There were 3 prominent spots in the active region and a close pair on the...
White Light Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. White Light Sketch of AR1057Click image to view larger version. White Light Sketch of AR1059Click image to view larger version. Observation Notes: The Sun in white light is starting to get interesting. Active...
White Light Solar Sketch Move mouse over sketch above to view labelsClick image for larger version. iPhone photo of Sun through 8-inch Dob.Click image to view larger version. Observation Notes: Enormous and complex sunspot group AR1944 put on a great show on the sun today. My son and I...

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