Solar Observing - August 8, 2010

posted Aug 8, 2010, 2:08 PM by James Roe
The International Space Station was scheduled to transit the disk of the Sun on August 8, 2010 at 10:42 am as visible from a narrow strip that passed across Lake St. Louis.  We wanted to try to capture this using the Lunt 60mm H-alpha telescope and a web cam.  We thought why not do it in public and turn the event into a guerrilla astronomy project?  Accordingly, we sought and received permission to set up near the front door of the Lake St. Louis Schnuck's store near the intersection of Lake Saint Louis Boulevard and US40/61/I-64.  We had previously placed a notice in the local newspaper (Newstime).

We set up about 10:00 am to be ready for the event and we (myself, Yvonne and Colleen Kelley) invited passersby to view the Sun safely and told them what we were about to do.  About five minutes before hand, we removed the eyepiece and substituted the web cam, focussed it and chose a piece of the Sun to view.  Unfortunately, it was a bit of a guessing game as the full Solar disk is much too big to be recorded by that set up.  We missed, so no images.

BUT, there were about 35 folks who viewed the Sun, some of which who had come out especially because of the newspaper item and some of which who had been to our Friday night open houses.  It was a good event and highly suggestive of what we can do in the future - maybe a Wal-Mart on a payday?

Solar Viewing - August 8, 2010