Thursday, 17 April 2014

C5 CaK Flare Animation 16th April

The sun has been crackling away with small scale flare activity now for several days, so on wednesday decided I would see if I could record something happening.  This is easier said than done as the flare activity is pretty much unpredictable, and the only real way of catching it is to just sit, wait and watch, and when flaring does start hit record on the camera.  This is what happened in recording this image.  It was taken using the 80mm beloptik tri-band equipped scope with my homebrew CaK filter at f12.5 with the DMK31 camera.  There is so much going on in this image apart from the obvious flaring, supergranulation cells rise and fall, and there are various subtle out flowings of plasma from the different active regions.  The whole surface of the sun appears to be sizzling away at these short wavelengths.  Hopefully in the coming days as these flare producing active regions near the limb they will still be putting on a spectacle for me to record.