1510d 2012/04/06 15:30–16:00 EDT Foxmead POD 9 28cmsc
I found that the electrical problem was that my power bar was full of rain water from a recent storm! I switched to battery power, took the scope out of hibernation and had it go to:
Venus: slightly less than 50% illuminated, 70x.
Jupiter: pale in the blue sky, but belts visible, 70x.
Since I was on a roll, I then went to:
Sirius and Procyon, both clearly visible in a blue sky. Rigel, however, was not. 70x. This is the first time in my life I have ever observed stars in full daylight! Finally, I put on my Kendrick Baader filter and went to:
Sun: 4 spots in one group, for a sunspot number of 14, 70x. There's something quite terrifying about gazing into the face of Sol with a full 28 cm of aperture!