Friday, July 13, 2012

Solar Observing and Daytime Planet Observing

Location:  Saint John and Little Lepreau, NB

Date Time:  July 13, 2012 1200-1220hrs, 1600hrs, and 1830hrs

Weather:  28 Degrees Celsius, partly cloudy and high haze, no wind to slightly windy, humid.

Attendance:  Curt N., Patrick S., David H., Myself

Equipment:  Saint John Astronomy Clubs' PST(loaned to me), Curts' small refractor and reflector.

Report:  Went to Saint John today to pick up the clubs PST at Curts' house.  Upon arrival, he has a small refractor set up in his driveway.  He had his scope set on a tracking mount and was tracking Jupiter and asked me to have a look.  Jupiter could clearly be seen, even in broad daylight at 1200 noon.  This was a first time for me observing Jupiter in the daytime.  He then directed the scope to Venus which viewed as a perfect crescent.  After this he brought out a small reflector which had a sort of ball mount.  This telescope had solar filtering on it, so he directed it at the Sun and sunspots 1519 1520 and 1521 were easily visible.  Sunspot 1520 was huge and was the source of an X1.4 class CME that erupted on Thursday at approximately 1400AST.

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