Sunspot 4/9/2016

Here is a reasonably large sunspot group shot with my 80mm Celestron Onyx ED and ASI120 MM camera. I got the monochromatic camera to complement the color ASI120 MC camera I use for planets and it did a good job here.  I got the scope and the light duty Celestron Nexstar mount with next year’s total solar eclipse in mind.  All three performed well today although I have to work on my technique.  I had to have Jack focus the scope while I ducked my head under a towel and peered at the laptop screen.  I’m planning to get some easy to pop up canopy for the eclipse sometime and that would help here too.  A better focuser might help. Not Jack, he did fine, but a dual speed replacement for the OEM focuser.

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