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Here's an image taken by Aedan Stockdale yesterday at Robinson Preserve through the solar telescope. This was through high thin cloud cover and doesn't quite match the clarity through the eyepiece, but you get the idea.
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We did a little program this morning up at Robinson Preserve with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources. We had 2 nice filaments, a sunspot with lots of activity surrounding it, and a very nice prominence at about 11:00 shooting off into space. The highlight though had to be an airplane streaking by!!!

The sun is heading towards solar minimum right now so that was a lot of activity, all things considered. I don't image (way too much work) but Aedan Stockdale took a few shots on his DSLR. They were nice but don't due justice to the view through the eyepiece. I'll see if I can post them after he sends them to me.

The next event is planned for 9/23 also at Robinson Preserve. I call it a day/night doubleheader with our season opening event at GT Bray that same evening.
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Have the pleasure of doing some H Alpha Observing with Ed's equipment and to say the least it was most interesting.
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Has anyone ever done any H Alpha solar oberserving? I started doing this a few years ago and it's absolutely addicting. The sun looks different every day and you don't have to worry about those late afternoon clouds rolling and and ruining a planned stargazing session.

A picture of my setup is attached. If anyone wants to take a look contact me and we'll get something arranged.
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Equipment for Sale/Trade / Skywatcher Dobsonian Sale
« Last post by Jonathan Sabin on June 03, 2017, 11:33:31 am »
If you have a bit of cash burning a hole in your pocket and you'd like it to go a few more light years than usual, Skywatcher is currently offering several hundred dollars off their 14" and 16" collapsible Dobsonian scopes.

The 14" is $1299 (save $350)
The 16" is $1799 (save $400)

Check out the sale here:

http://www.skywatcherusa.com/product-category/telescopes/dobsonians/
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Yes... given the fact that Manatee County's Parks and Nat. Resources Department will also be promoting our Sidewalk Astronomy events at GT Bray, I expect the turnout to be awesome!
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I know you had been working with Aedan Stockdale from Manatee County Parks and Recreation on seeking out a new site to replace Holmes Beach. He tells me that they also will be co-promoting the 3 GT Bray events. As you know, they also have their monthly program so combining and cross promoting these should make for a massive turnout!!!
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Thanks, Ed!

I'm just glad I didn't wait around too long before starting the process!  :o

In the end, it may have taken over a month to iron out all of the issues, (and find a suitable replacement for Holmes Beach), but now it's done--and we still have four months to promote it!    :D
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Congratulations on flushing out a new site Jonathan. I'm sure it was frustrating for you. Not the greatest skies here but should draw HUGE crowds.
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