The sun has been in a long quiet time, with few, and sometimes no, sunspots.
I took this photo with the Canon XS held up to the eyepiece of my 60mm refractor. I used a solar filter to reduce the sunlight enough to safely view the sun. Never view the sun without a real solar filter!!
In this photo, two sunspot groups are visible, to the left (9 o’clock position) and near the top (1 o’clock position). It’s been cloudy and windy, so I had to get the photo when the occasional, fast moving, gap arrived. (The focus could be better.)
Where to look for Saturn in the sky…
Saturn is rising about sunset – low in the southeast – following Jupiter and ahead of ruddy Mars, both of which are brighter than Saturn. Saturn can be seen without a telescope, it’s about as bright as most of the brightest stars. It will look oblong in binoculars and show that it has rings in spotting scopes and telescopes of 30 power or more.
If you have questions, leave a comment!
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