April 25th April 29th May 2nd
The above sketches were made during a period of high sunspot activity
during the last week of April 2000. The two major spots, seen just
leaving the sun on May 2nd were visible without a telescope (with the appropriate
filter over the eyes, of course).
Sketches were made looking through a Meade 90mm ETX, with a Thousand Oaks Polymer Plus solar filter. A light green filter on the eyepiece was used to enhance the visibility of grain and facula. In order to get a un-biased sketch, each day's sketches were made without looking at the last sun sketch.