Over 15 inches
of snow have fallen in the past few days, and when the storm
cleared out this morning - I could see a blue sky for the first
time in a week! As the sun rose the first task was upon me, to
dig out the observatory to take some solar images. But this was
not an easy task, FIRST you had to get TO the observatory! Here
is a shot of the path that leads from our house to the backyard
roll off roof observatory:
a broom to the low hanging trees I made my way out to the main
telescope shed. Here is what I saw. fortunatley - the snow had
mostly slid off the roof, and only an inch remained. That is
why this has a corregated steel roof. But the trees laid on the
roof track, and I had to bang the ice off with a hammer to free
up the path to roll the roof off.
On the side
you can see the four foot tall mountain of snow that slid off
After an hour
of work, the roof was free to roll back, and here is the inside
of the observatory with the fish eye lens, you can see the massive
amount of snow in the trees just outside the wall. It was 20F
out at this point - and the mirror of the telescope had a layer
of ice on it. After an hour of trying to defrost the mirror without
success I mounted the six inch refractor on its side and did
some solar imaging.
Success - the
roof is rolled back and we are ready to examine the sun in the
deep blue sky.
Here is a two
part panorama of the equatorial regions of the solar disk with
the AR152 stopped to 4 inches. The seeing was very bad, and the
sun was trembling in and out of focus.
With full aperture
and the 5x barlow, some close ups of the sunspots were taken.
Not too sharp, but at least 2 arc second seeing you get something...
I finished and rolled the roof back shut, I went up on the balcony
and shot the Rim with the telephoto. By then it had warmed up
to 21F. Those trees on top are gigantic ponderosa pines.
south west we can see the east side of the Mazatzal Mountains
covered in snow as well:
Thanks for looking,
its been quite a morning!