Monday, 13 March 2023

Ha Full Disk 12th March

Ha FD DS50 60mmf6 2x cemax zwo183mm The weather has been awful of late, so when sunday offered something almost resembling clear (well hazy really!) skies I decided to just get the scope and go fishing for the less hazy breaks. Seeing was awful and are loosing resolution even at the full disk scale, but, it is nice just to be able to see the sun really!

Saturday, 11 March 2023

Ha Sunshine 26th February

Ha FD DS50 f15 zwo183mm active regiuon and prom 100mm f8 tz4 ss0.3rg imx174 Active regions and filaments 100mm f8 tz4 ss0.3rg imx174 big spot 100mm f8 tz4 ss0.3rg imx174 A nice afternoon of sunshine!

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

CaK Full Disk Sunday 26th February 2023

CaK FD 60mm f10 zwo183mm Right at the end of Sunday, a quick full disk in CaK. Taken 60mm f10, homebrew CaK filter, zwo183mm.

Stekkar Aurora, Iceland Tuesday 21st February 2023

stekkar-aurora-21st-Feb-23 There was only one real aurora display from a week in Iceland and here it is. Taken from 22.19ut till 23.29ut on Tuesday 21st February. Canon 350D 10mm f4 iso800 30s.

Sunocular Fun Tuesday 21st February

Away in the wilderness of Iceland it was nice to get a view of a hazy sun with the Lunt 8x32 Sunoculars. 2023-02-21_04-33-20 These are a great piece of very portable solar equipment that provide meaningful views WhatsApp Image 2023-02-21 at 16.29.21 All the main sunspot groups were quite easy to see, with the image below approximated what could be seen visually very well. tdiqa230221t1614_dim-860 The end of the day was clear and cold and provided a lovely view of the conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter. 2023-02-21_07-38-22

Sunday, 12 February 2023

First Sunshine of the Year 5th February

more filament 100mm f8 tz4 ss0.3a copy sw filament 100mm f8 tz4 ss03a copy SE Proms 100mm f8 TZ4 SS03a copy First solar imaging of the year, and also first iamging with the solar spectrum rg38 0.3a Ha filter on the 100mm f8 APM triplet. TZ4 was used to get to f32 with the camera being the FLIR IMX174. Sky conditions were thick haze and these were taken with long exposure and very high gain just to punch through it all, very pleased with the results given this. Very much looking foreward to being able to use this new setup in better conditions.

Saturday, 15 October 2022

Calcium Proms 15th October

CaK FD 60mm f10 zwo183mm bw AR and Proms CaK 80mm f15 zwo290mm bw CaK Proms 80mm f15 zwo290mm bw Saturday started with clear skies and decent transparency, with the large active region(s?) of late heading over the limb it was a good opportunity to check out for CaK proms, and there were plenty!

Trio Of Full Disks 10th October

WL Full Disk 80mm f7.5 zwo183mm bw Ha FD DS50 2x cemax zwo183mm bw CaK FD 60mm f10 zwo183mm bw Monday was nice and sunny, I managed to get a trio of full disks. The sun is nice and active at the moment...

Sunday, 2 October 2022

Ha Full Disk 1st October

Ha FD DS50 2x cemax zwo183mm pre transit bw The sun gets ever lower in the sky but clear skies meant I managed a quick full disk in the afternoon. I was keen to try out my new Beloptik ITF filter on the BF15, and are pleased to find it has higher transmission, with exposure time of 5ms compared to the usual 6ms. The disk was taken with the double stacked 50mm setup, 2x cemax barlow and the ZWO183mm camera.

Monday, 19 September 2022

Autumn Sunshine 17th September

CaK FD 60mm f10 zwo183mm colour Ha FD SM90 zwo183mm-Recovered Ar13100 Ha DS90 2x cemax zwo290mm bw AR13102 HaDS90 2x cemax zwo290mm-Recovered-Recovered departing plage Ha DS90 2x cemax zwo290mm bw Finally the opportunity to do some solar observing! The autumn sun is starting to get low now. Images taken with various setups. 

 R.I.P. Ernest Roy Townley 1940 - 2022