Out for a walk on Sunday afternoon, up through Hampstead to the heath. Came across the Hampstead Scientific Society’s observatory, and a couple of folk showing visitors around. They had their main big scope set up to do eyepiece projection of the sun, and a couple of big sunspot groups were visible. Outside, they had a Coronado 60mm solarscope set up and I had my first ever direct view of the sun in H\alpha – a truly amazing sight. A huge prominence at around 7 o’clock on the Solar disk, with some smaller prominences at 2 and 3 o’clock. Stunning, stunning view. Now I want a solar scope (though they cost about £1300 so will give it a miss this year…)

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