Well everyone, I made it back from taking a week off. I managed to get some serious Solar observing on the island of Puerto Rico. I was located on the western shore, in a town called Ricon. Know for its world class surfing, it is also a beautiful area to relax. Never being in Puerto Rico before, one of my first things to do on my list was to do some solar observing. This was not hard, and since I didn’t bring any telescopes with me, I managed just to do some visual obervations. And, what better way to do it was from these chairs that you can adjust the angle in which you are laying down in. What better way to observe the sun as it moved across the sky. It gets even better. You can actually keep yourself well hydrated by just raising your hand, and a person will come over and get what ever kind of hydration liquid you prefer. AMAZING! Later in the day I managed to capture El Sol with my camera. Below is an example of what I had to put up with every evening.
In the background is the island of Desecheo, 12 miles west from Puerto Rico. In 1983 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service designated it a National Wildlife Refuge. Just offshore of Desscheo is one of the most popular places to go diving and snorkeling. Just 20 years prior to 1983 the United States was using it as a bombing range.
From a location about 10 miles north of Rincon, I did another observation at sunset, managing to photograph the sun as it passing behind the island itself.
All in all it was a successful solar oberserving trip! Wouldn’t you say?