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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 12:19 pm 

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It was pleasing to to image the Sun 4th May seeing the splendid Sunspot back on the visible disk, about half the Sun's synodic rotation period, since at least two SPA members (David Frydman & Alan Heath once saw it by unaided eye.
On 5th May images revealed the splendid sunspot more into the Sun's visible disc.
I imaged the Sun again on 6th May the Sun not only displaying the that nice Sunspot but I also noticed a small dark blip on the Sun's very edge, beyond the obvious Sunspot. I thoughtfully queried its reality confirming the blip by examining more of my various W.L. images.
Images on 7th May confirmed to my satisfaction that not only the nice "old" sunspot had reappeared the new blip was another nice big sunspot as well.
And of course BrianS as already displayed an image showing the two sunspots in all their Cak glory.
It all goes to confirm just how interesting observing the Sun can be.
Best wishes from Cliff
PS nearly forgot - possible faculae & near old sunspot pores ?

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 5:41 pm 

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Dear Cliff,

a fine set of white-light images there. I think the last time I imaged the Sun was for the transit of Mercury. I yearn for the sunspot groups we saw regularly around 2003 :D


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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:30 pm 

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Brian, thanks.
The Sun has been a revelation the last three weeks.
First there was the first big Sunspot, which I managed to image on 8 days of the dozen or so it spent on the visible disk, I kept fingers Xed hoping it would survive going round the back of the Sun & blow me down IT DID. Then what happens a new sunspot showed up. Ironically more than a week before I caught the "old" Sunspot leaving the very edge of the Sun - and I said the chances of doing that again were ZILCH. But blow me down just after that Sunspot showed up again, I saw the new second Sunspot coming on the other very edge of the Sun.
Are these new Sunspots the start of a new ..................?
Best wishes from Cliff

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