May 2000 showed intense solar activity
May 15th and 16th good weather conditions allowed to take pictures of the sun on two consecutive days, to see the evolution of sunspots.
On all images the LX-200 was covered by a Thousand Oaks solar filter. The aperture was reduced to about 3 inches diameter. Color was obtained through addition of red and green filtered images.
Full sun image showing the importance of the sunspots :
Sunspots May 15th:
Sunspots May 16th:
It is interesting to note how fast the shape of the spots evolves in 24 hours. Also, these 2 pictures evidence the rotation of the sun (25.38 days rotation period along solar equator).