Saturday, August 28, 2010

spot 1101 (Blue Mountains)

Viewed sun spot 1101 in white light at the RASC Toronto Centre E.C. Carr Astronomical Observatory.

Once again noticed a lot of distracting debris in the eyepiece. Enough to confuse the untrained eye.

I offered to clean the 55mm Plössl eyepiece. I removed the silver tube barrel to get a better look at the telescope-facing lens. It appeared to have residue, perhaps from being dewed up. I turned the 2" eyepiece over. The elements fell out! Oops! Thank goodness they landed on the carpet.

Took me a while to figure out how to put it together... Wikipedia to the rescue. Small flat edge near the eye, slightly concave large edge near the 'scope, convex surfaces facing each other with the spacer ring between.

Then we cleaned the mirror.

Much better!

Tim, official CAO supervisor, took a few looks.

Very new member Pete took a few looks too...

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