From Randy TATUM
@. . . . Thank you for sending the CMOs and emailing me the sunspot photographs. I enjoyed seeing your fine photographs! I often use a pentaprism and polarizing filters for white light observing. Have never used a Herschel wedge, but result must be similar.
The weather here has been very good recently and there is much in the sky to enjoy. I observed the large flare at Bon Air Solar Observatory (Ragland) on 11-4. It produced a major radio blackout and several faint loops on the disk. This flare produced a lot of energetic particles, but was not a great x-ray flare. It was perfectly placed to cause a geomagnetic response. On the way home from work on 11-5 (1015 pm) I noticed reddish glows near the zenith and headed to a site about 30 km West of Richmond. I had a wonderful view of the aurora till 1230 am. The colors were red, white, green and blue.
have seen two other displays and this was by far the best! My photos turned out
fine even though the f-stop was wrong. The Leonid meteor shower was well
observed here. The humidity was high that night and fog was a problem near
Best regards to you for the holiday season.
Randy TATUM (