Beautiful weather continues, so fitted solar filter and sol searcher finder.
Safety is paramount, so I used duct tape as well as securing screws to attach the filter
Finderscope remained covered up and used the “pinhole” camera of the Sol Searcher instead.
I held the filter up to the Sun to check there were no defects or tears prior to fitting it. Overall, I would say that it reduced the luminosity of the Sun to about the level of the full Moon.
Enjoyed good white light views of photosphere. One very large sunspot with penumbra and smaller companion. Sun seems quiet – at least at that level. Would need hydrogen alpha scope to see corona.
I checked that my observations were correct by comparing with a National Solar Observatory live images webpage: http://www.nso.edu/current_images.html
Yup, just a pair of sunspots visible – doubtless all the real action is in the H alpha.
Here is the NSO image:
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