[Another in a continuing series of articles about SJAA loaner telescopes and experiences by borrowers. If you have borrowed an SJAA loaner telescope recently, consider giving back to the club in the form of an article about your experience with the telescope! -Editors]
On the morning after I picked up the scope I was anxious to start observing so I set up in my backyard. Following the instructions, it took very little time to set up and in a short time I was observing the sun! As I tuned the filter the solar prominences came into view. All around the disc of the sun small hairs and loops of plasma shot out into space. Sunspots and light and dark filaments were scattered across the surface of the sun. Throughout the day I would check on the sun. Hour by hour I could see changes in the prominences and surface detail. Over several hours one of the dark filaments coalesced into a sunspot.
Ralph, Jim Van Nuland, and I got together at the San Jose harvest moon festival for some daytime astronomy. The festival was held at Overfelt Park, there were lots of family activities, and many people in attendance. Jim was showing Venus and the moon (and sometimes trees when the clouds got too thick) while Ralph and I showed the sun in visible and H/a light. The clouds were a bit of a problem and, as astronomical events go, they disappeared as the telescopes were being put away. All in all it was a good day with lots of spots and a very large flare on the edge of the sun.
I had a great time with the solar scope this summer and viewed our sun in a new "light." The scope is available and highly recommended especially if you haven't experienced the sun in Hydrogen/alpha.
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