Friday, August 12, 2011

Let There Be Sun

Wayne is an avid amateur astronomer. He uses his 8-inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope on the deck of our float cabin to explore the dark night sky. When the wind is calm, it makes a perfect platform.

Wayne also uses his telescope during the day for solar observations (with special filters and safety techniques to protect his eyes). And lately due to the 11-year cycle, we've been having lots more sunspots.

Using his small automatic digital camera, Wayne captured this image. Sunspots are predicted to increase through July 2013 so many more opportunities for observations should occur. -- Margy


  1. Margy, I did not hear this name: telescope, for many years.
    nice text
    Grace Olsson

  2. sun spots are an interesting take on skywatch with clever telescopic capture

  3. Oh, you are living in so wonderful place!

  4. And I bet in the total darkness you have many beautiful moon shots too. Did see any meteor showers last night or early this morning? I was going to look because it is fairly dark here but with the full moon it was bright.

    The Skagit is still very fat but it is coloring up, not so milky looking. Why it has stayed to full all summer?? Maybe spilliage from Ross and diablo--I don't know. MB

  5. Thanks everyone for coming by and commenting on my SWF post. I still have my fingers crossed for an aurora someday soon. - Margy