My last view of the sun for the month of september, and what a view greeted me through the eyepeice: A huge prominence on the limb and 2 huge single sunspots, both larger than Earth. Taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with a DMK31. This is a mosaic of 6 individual panes.
Sunday, 30 September 2012
Sunday, 23 September 2012
Using the 127mm solar scope at 2250mm fl the suns surface really starts to taking on a sense of depth with an almost 3D appearance and this image shows this well. A huge mega-prom is visible on the limb aswell as numerous filaments and also emerging active regions. A great days solar observing on the autumn equinox!
Zooming into the southwestern quadrant of out star there was plenty to see using the 127mm PST mod at 1900mm fl with the DMK31 camera. This is a mosaic of ~9 panes.
Despite a lack of sunspots, the white froth indicative of strong magnetic fields indicate that activity is just beneath the suns surface...
Taken with the 70mm @ f9 homemade CaK filter, DMK31.
Wednesday, 19 September 2012
As active regions 11569 & 11571 slowly head towards the suns western limb and out of view in the days ahead, they are replaced on the eastern limb by AR11575, however this is just the first of many and in the days ahead solar activity will increase significantly with flaring and auroral activity all definite possibilities. Now, all we need is clear skies to appreciate it...
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
After a week with solar activity levels being at very low to low, things are about to change: With a large as yet undesignated large single spot just rounding the limb with what appears to be minor flaring activity. There is a forest of prominences which is the tell tale sign of magnetic field lines associated with active regions holding solar plasma aloft. In the days ahead we can expect lots more to see on our star!
Taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with the DMK31 CCD camera.
For the past week the only real features of note has been this spot pairing; as they get nearer the limb they still put on a photogenic show, especially as they are now joined by a nice prominence!
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Only the briefest patch of blue sky this sunday morning, however fortunately was able to capitalise on it: Solar activity is currently at very low levels, but taking a closer look at active regions 11569 & 11571 shows there is plenty going on at the small scale. Taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with a DMK31 camera.
Saturday, 15 September 2012
This is my favourite image from the brief run I managed on saturday 15th september, despite being close to the limb AR11566 still shows signs of some activity. On the limb itself there is a lovely little prominence, and on the disk a filament hovvers above the solar surface. All todays images taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with the DMK31.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Managed to get my first plane transit of a plane coming into land into Birmingham International Airport on sunday morning just as the sun had cleared the rooftops of the houses. Despite living under several flight paths here in Brierley Hills this is the first time in several years I have managed to photograph this. Taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with a DMK31 CCD camera.
Tried something completely different on sunday - used the 100mm Tal refractor @ f14 with the homemade CaK filter to do a closeup of todays active regions. This scope seems to perform really well at these wavelengths - will have to use it again!
Saturday, 8 September 2012
A frustrating day of high cirrus cloud meant the sunshine was milky today with diffuse shadows on the ground. This made solar imaging difficult, but I did manage to get this shot, taken with the 127mm @ 1900mm fl with the DMK31. It makes for a photogenic grouping on the sun; hopefully sunday will offer clearer skies.
Wednesday, 5 September 2012
More autumunal sunshine in this september indian summer we are currently experiencing. A host of interesting features including a transient jet of cooler plasma being shot of micro flaring ar11560. Long may this glorious weather continue!
Monday, 3 September 2012
The British weather is well and truly living up to tradition, and now that we are technically into autumn, warm weather and sunshine finally arrives in the all to familiar sepetember indian summer. The sun is putting on a fiery glow for this, with a whole host of large prominences around the limb, filaments - dark sinuos clouds of cool plasma held aloft by magnetic fields, and bright white regions of hot plasma associated with flaring. This pic was taken with the DS40 @ f16 and DMK31 camera.