December 2019

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Cliff
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December 2019

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Oh!Ohh!!
December hasn't been the most exciting month in 2019, so far as I'm concerned. Only observed/imaged on 2nd & 22nd Dec
But that is not to say other Sun enthusiasts might have faired better, whilst I was enjoying myself , coughing, spluttering, & spitting out everything I could whilst getting HIGH on extra strong cough mixture.
Indeed so HIGH, I scared the Sun into hiding. If he dared appear within my reach , I'd have given my old one time friend , a right blasting of my newly invented ultra strong FLU JABs - which I'm soon marketing on forty five exo-planets in the neighbourhood. From the little I've seen this December 2019 - there have been a few boring Super-granulations. one or two miserable prominences , NO perishing SUNSPOTS.
However, on 29th DEC there has been a quite nice sunset - though not much Sun.
Three images now attached -
1) Img-5850cZ - note cresent Moon just below small cloud left side upper middle, Sun being pale yellow band between houses lower right.
2) Img- 5850bZ - Moon enlarged
3) Img- 5843bZ - telephoto hopefully Sun ? behind pale yellow cloud bands.
HAVE a nice NEW YEAR.
From Cliff
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PaulB
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Re: December 2019

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Dear Cliff,

December and indeed the season so far has been awful.
I haven't done any Astro-imaging or observing because of the constant cloud, rain, wind.

I hope when January arrives Winter will kick in and we can enjoy some dark-clear winter evenings and nights.

I hope you are feeling better soon Cliff.

Happy New Year.
(Welcome to the Roaring Twenties)
Paul Anthony Brierley
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Macclesfield Astronomical Society
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Re: December 2019

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Hello Cliff,

Nice pictures!

I am under a persistent blanket of cloud at the moment, too. Since Christmas day....my wife's fault for my Christmas present of a new eyepiece! Apparently, new year's Eve is going to be clear here (typical), when I shall be otherwise engaged.

I hope good health soon returns to you.

Best wishes for the new year,

Nigel
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Re: December 2019

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Dear Paul & Nigel
Many thanks for your comments. I hope you & your families had a very enjoyable Christmas & things go well in 2020 & beyond.
I think I'm gradually feeling a bit better.
I sort of visually observed the Sun today 30th Dec . Briefly 10.00 UT with 20x60 binoculars "tin foil" filtered - forgotten its official name so long ago since I bought it - blue sky but a bit hazy (POLLUTION??); NO Sunspots seen.
Then at 14:35 UT using my 88mm refractor & Herschel Wedge plus grad filter - visually a shimmering image. NO Sunspots.Tried waving my 60 mm Ha SolarMax @ the Sun but waste of time - thin cloud, no imaging.
Best wishes from Cliff
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Hello Cliff. This morning, Monday, we awoke here to thick fog. By about 9am, just as I ventured out, fortunately with my camera to hand, the Sun very faintly appeared and I managed to take a snap, just with the hand-held camera alone. Zoomed it up in the print machine in the chemist. The result showed just the round disc of the Sun, in fog... I rarely view or photograph the Sun nowadays except during a rare eclipse or transit, or as a source for various halos , coloured sunsets etc. However, the just the neat circularity of the Sun when projected or photographed always seems to me as wondrous. Fog promised for tonight and tomorrow at dawn here in Sussex. Hope you get better soon regards mike.
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Re: December 2019

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Mike
I'm pleased you get some interesting Sun views & pics occasionally. There's been some weird weather in this neck of the woods recently. Feeling better the last few days my wife & me managed to travel up on the Pennines (31st Dec), got in some misty cloud for about half an hour but back home North greater Manchester - super blue sky and I got my best obs & images of the Sun for ages.
By the way I got a quite new book about the Sun - "Rebel Star" by Colin Stuart. Being a slow reader I'm only about 30pages in, but so far it's really enjoyable easy reading. Hardback, published by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, 275 pages only £16-99.
If it continues as good could be one of my very favourite books !
Best of luck for 2020 onwards, from Cliff
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Glad to hear you're improving, Cliff.

I shall have to look up this book Rebel Star.
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