Darkness fell at 6.30 this morning. And again at 7.10. And at five to eight. Having providently cleaned the conservatory yesterday, I sat in it with successive cups of tea, and wedged up clay in small mountains, while torrents of Atlantic hammered on the glass.
It is extraordinarily difficult to throw a pot in multiple three-second episodes. I found I was quite unable to focus on any specific type of vessel, and created some sort of mindless jar. At that, it is perhaps the most difficult pot I’ve ever made. And it gave me a deeper appreciation of film-makers who work in stop motion. My guest counted the seconds and made the software work.
And upon the sun breaking through, time for the 5″ to wear its solar filter. The intermittent cloud annoyed, but there is another huge collection of spots – AR2403 – and today the scope would tolerate the 10mm eyepiece with a Barlow, giving a superb view of the fine detail and patterning of the spots. Only one snap really worked.
Standard warning: never look directly at the sun, especially not through any optical equipment, e.g. binoculars or telescope – permanent blindness is the likely result. The photographs were taken through a specialist astronomy solar filter.