Friday, 18 April 2014

M7 Flare 18th April

The star of the show today was the M7 flare that erupted on our star earlier in the afternoon.  For days all the signs have been there that a big flare was on the cards, but it held off until today.  I tried something different and turned the exposure right down to try and capture some of the flares structure.  This worked in a fashion, but the seeing conditions were so poor much of the finer detail is hidden away by the atmospheric smearing.  The animation was cut short by the passing clouds, but I did manage to get 10 minutes worth of exposure.  Taken with the 100mm PST mod at 2000mm focal length with the DMK31 camera.