PLEASE DO NOT OBSERVE THE SUN DIRECTLY WITH YOUR EYES OR ANY OTHER INSTRUMENT. PLEASE READ BELOW FOR ONE WAY TO SAFELY OBSERVE THE SUN!
Its nice to spend a sunny saturday morning with a hot cup of coffee safely observing the Sun – especially when there is such a large sunspot (AR 1944) visible.
I have a special solar filter made by Kendrick which fits over the front of my scope to protect both it and my eyes/camera. It is both screwed and taped on for safety!
Please note that my spotter scope is covered up and that I do not directly observe the Sun at all! There is a special device called a Sol Searcher made by TeleVue on top of my scope which throws a very small image of the sun on a screen to help me locate the Sun, after that the scope tracks the Sun using its onboard computer. The Sun is viewed through the LCD screen of the camera or on my laptop via Backyard EOS.
I attached my Canon 1100D to the scope with a 2 inch M48 connector. These images were taken at ISO 100 at 1/400 second. The cyanotype duo-toning is just to aid contrast. The sunspots and surrounding penumbrae can be seen along with some pale faculae lines.