The lure of doing one last solar observing session this year was to great to pass. Sunspot complex 1035 has been making it’s way around the sun for about a week now, and was ready to dissapear around the limb. I had one last chance to do some solar observing this year.
The sun was about 1.5 hours from setting on Friday December 18th when I managed to get my equipment set up to photograph it.
First here is a shot made with a Nikon D300s of the whole disk, with the sunspot complex in the upper right.
Next, here’s a frame grab off of my Meade Electronic Eyepiece of the sunspots, and a surprise from a airplane passing in front of the disk of the sun. A very rare catch indeed.
With the impending winter storm bearing down on Connecticut, the jet stream was right over us, and left viewing poor at best. So, all in all, solar observing in December is pretty marginal, but any observing is better than none at all. Happy Holidays!