Thursday, 25 June 2020

Filament! 24th June


This filament was the only feature of note on the sun!  However its presence and position associates itself with the sub surface cycle 25 jet stream, hopefully only a matter of time before activity picks up a bit!   Taken with the Coronado SM90 double stacked with the Daystar Quark.

Ha Full Disk 24th June


The sun is well, pretty much blank again!  This image whilst not perfect, as the focus shifts in the right hand side of the image, is useful as I think i've worked out that the focus shift is caused by the thumbscrews on the etalon cell being too tight and then pinching the tube and hence optics.  I've arranged a slightly different configuration and so are keen to try this out and see if it solves it.
To try and get more use out of the 8" Airylab HaT I decided to make some cardboard masks to stop down the aperture to make it more usable in less than ideal seeing conditions.  I made 2, a 175mm and the one I used here which is 155mm.  While the conditions we're ideal on one of the hottest days of the year it did produce a usable image and holds potential for greater use in the future.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

CaK Full Disk 22nd June


Exposure time is brought down to about 3ms with the full disk when using the 100mm Tal at 60mm aperture to give f16 at both the filter and the chip.  Plenty of fine detail is visible.

CaK Closeups 22nd June




The newly configured CaK filter seems to work well with the Airylab telecentric at f28 with the 100mm Tal refractor with no obvious reflections or vignetting visible.  Sadly there is little to see on the sun at the moment.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Ha Full Disk 21st June


My first Ha full disk for a while and the suns disk has taken a turn back into solar minimum with little in the way to see.  Taken with the double stacked 50mm travelling scope.

Not Active Regions 21st June


Bright patches on the STEREO imagery in the preceding days caused hope among the solar community of more active regions, alas this was not the case and all that rotated was some patches of plage, not really much brighter than the surrounding chromospheric network.  Still, this proved a target for the 100mm Tal at f28 with the newly configured CaK filter and its reduced exposure time.

CaK Full Disk 21st June


First test of the new CaK filter and first impressions are promising, exposure time is pretty much halved which is always a bonus, not sure if I have a faint reflection to deal with or it was haze / high cloud earlier.  There appears to be no blurring of detail, although the image was taken in between shower clouds so seeing was far from ideal.  Taken with the 60mm scope at f16 at both the filter and also the chip.

Friday, 19 June 2020

CaK Full Disk 16th JUne


Testing the new filter configuration here, slightly shorter exposure times with the 394/10 instead of the K Line.  Next step is to try without the KG3 to give more light - success will depend on whether the increase in IR will cause a reduction in contrast.

Monday, 15 June 2020

CaK Full Disk 14th June

Things are busy at the moment and this is one of the first images I have managed to get in over a week,  i'm currently going through a rebuild of my CaK filter in an attempt to get a bit more light through.  This shot was taken with the 100mm Tal refractor stopped down to 60mm to give f16 at both the filter and also the camera chip.  I was pleased to catch the active region before it finally heads over the departing limb.

Sunday, 7 June 2020

ISS Transit 5th June

I finally caught my first ISS solar transit!  I consider myself very lucky as the day was dominated by sunshine and heavy showers, and, 5 minutes before the transit it was raining, not long after the transit it was raining.  I used the 100mm Tal refractor stopped down to 60mm to give f16 at the filter and the camera chip.  The seeing was bubbling away as can be seen in the animation that was taken in calcium light with pseudo colour added later.  I was pleased to see in the individual frames the solar panels and also the crew modules clearly visible.  At the time the space station was 725km away and travelling at a speed of 7.25km/s, with the total transit time lasting a brief 1.4 seconds.

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

AR12764 in Ha 1st June


This active region following it's M-class flare burst a few days earlier is holding it's potency well, and while distinctly more quiescent than active is still sporting a spot and plasma structures.  The image was taken with the 100mm Tal100R, Airylaby 2.7x telecentric, Daystar Quark and the IMX174 camera.  This setup lets in lots of light and might be interesting to double stack with a PST etalon in the future for disk shots like this.

The Proms Continue - 1st June




A new month and the fine show of proms goes on!  Taken with the 100mm Tal 100R refractor with the Airylab 2.7x telecentric, Daystar Quark and the FLIR Grasshopper 3 IMX174 camera.

Fine Proms 31st May



The proms were by far the star of the show on the sun today!  Taken with the 100mm Tal Refractor, 2.79x Airylab Telecentric and and the Daystar Quark, using the Daystar Quark.

Not Very Active Regions 31st May



Taken with the 100mm Tal 100R refractor 2.79x Airylab telecentric and the Daystar Quark with the IMX174 camera.

Friday, 29 May 2020

Damp Plage in CaK - 28th May


Trying something new here, the CaK filter receives a f28 beam, while the chip receives a f40 beam following the use of a 2x barlow nosepeice on the camera.  I'm not convinced with this shot, other than a hotspot of brightness the quality reading of the image is much lower than I am used to getting.  The image looks soft too.  Could be the seeing wasn't up to it or more likely the barlow is introducing spherical aberration.  I will persevere with this but my gut instinct is that I much prefer images taken at f28.

Ha Full Disk 27th May


The sun is still quiet apart from the activity in the cycle 25 northern solar jetstream.  Taken with the usual double stacked 50mm travelling scope.

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Plage Closeup in CaK 25th May


The seeing was being kind and allowed me to get a closeup of the plage region using the 100mm Tal refractor at f28 (using the Airylab 2.79x telecentric.  I'm pleased with the level of detail here.  Next time conditions allow i'm going try the above setup but with a 1.4x barlow after the filter stack to see if I can get close to f40 to see if this improves detail.

Cycle 25 Northern Jet stream 25th May


Taken by double stacking the Coronado SM90ii with the Daystar Quark using the Airylab 2.79 x telecentric cuts the contrast and reveals the subtleties of the cycle 25 jetstream that is currently active on our star.

Ha Full Disk 25th May


The northern Jet stream of cycle 25 was certainly showing signs of activity, with an area of plage, filaments and bright points.  Taken with the 50mm Lunt etalon double stacked with a Daystar Quark.