This is my second year of setting up my telescopes for solar observing during the New Baltimore Farmer’s Market on Sunday Mornings; the first time this year was on July 14th, from about 9:30-noon. I was lucky enough to be able to setup RIGHT in the market – there was an available vendor area. It was sweltering, and I had to borrow shade from the stall next to me.
I had over 30 people look thru my Dob (with solar filter), and my PST. The Sun put on a wonderful show that morning, with a looping prominence, a hedgerow prominence, and a very distinct filament. There was a small-ish sunspot group, and an much larger sunspot on the limb – just coming into view.
Several people told me that they had telescopes, but needed help with them; I told them about the observatory open houses hosted by the Warren Astronomical Society – where the public is encouraged to bring their ‘scopes, and try out various member ‘scopes.
I asked several observers “How much astronomy did you have on school?” Only one fellow said he’d had any – and that was a single college course. For some, it was the first time they’ve looked thru a telescope.
Next Sunday morning, look for me by the entrance to Burke Parke.