This morning I attached the PST to my Vixen Super Polaris mount and pointed it at the Sun. What I saw blew my mind! The detail was amazing! I could see prominences, the granular surface of the sun, and a sun spot with amazing clarity.
After trying various eyepieces I decided to see if I could take some pictures. Unfortunately, my Canon EOS Rebel XS won't come to focus in the PST's eyepiece tube. I was able to take some afocal shots, though, using the EOS Rebel and my Canon PowerShot A540.
Here are a few processed images, which certainly do NOT do justice to the naked-eye views.
|This is a stacked image composed of 23 separate exposures taken with the Canon EOS Rebel XS. There was a lot of atmospheric turbulence, which may explain why the lower-right side of the Sun's disc appears slightly out of place. Note the prominences visible to the lower-left. The dark streaks across the face are probably prominences, as well. Some of the bright patches are plages.|
|This image was composed from several hundred frames from an AVI recorded with my Canon PowerShot A540.|