My First Sun Sketch
Today I took a brief look at the sun, it was loaded! I haven't seen this much activity in a long time. Possibly even ever as long as I've been doing solar viewing (for about 5 years now).
The instrument was a Coronado PST 40mm H-alpha solar scope with a 12mm Nagler Type 4 eyepiece.
I saw 5 spots in a fairly large grouping, loads of filaments (not sure what they are called a the moment) both dark ones and light ones and various sizes and brightnesses of prominences peppered around the entire edge.
While I looked at it, I wanted to take a picture, but just didn't have the time to set everything up, so I grabbed a piece of paper and did my best to sketch it.
I have to admit, sketching it was incredible. I made me look even closer and pay a lot of attention to what I was seeing. It definitely makes me want to do sketching again. I'll have to go to the Cloudy Nights sketching forum and see how others are doing it because mine doesn't do justice to what I was observing.
Sketch in the gallery.
ADDENDUM: I grabbed the Mauna Loa ACOS Ha Limb and the Big Bear Full Disk Ha and blended them in Photoshop as a reference to what I sketched. It's not a perfect reference as the limb and disk shots were not taken at the same time and neither were taken as the same time as I was sketching, but most of what I was seeing is there. The limb of course is what changed the most as well as the rotation and of the surface detail. My observation was clearly later then both of these because the lower large prominence had grown quite a bit and the surface detail had moved with the sun's rotation. North in these images is to the left at 9:00. This reference image is also in the gallery.