No Sunspots

I was going to test the latest batch of our Sunspotter telescopes today. The Sunspotter is a folded path telescope that's used to view and count sunspots without frying your retinas.

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The unit uses three mirrors and two lenses to produce the image. Light enters the objective lens and gets magnified. It then reflects off of three mirrors in a traingular path, and finally passes through a focusing lens. A magnified image of the sun is thus projected on a card for easy viewing. In this way, you can stand off to the side of a Sunspotter and look at the sun, without ever posing any risk to your eyes.

However, as I was testing the telescopes today, I noticed an interesting thing: there were no sunspots. Just to be sure it wasn't an equipment problem, I double checked the reference material.

As I suspected, no sunspots today. Beyond the immediate annoyance of not being able to get my work done, I also worry if this is a portent of things to come.

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