Saturday, 14 June 2014

Angry Sunspots - 13th June

Monster active regions AR12080 and AR12085 have been threatening Earth for over a week now to erupt with massive X class flares but have still only crackled away with 'relatively' minor X class flares.  Whilst not geo-effective anymore there is still a chance if they do erupt the resultant proton storm could be directed towards Earth by magnetic fields.  This image was taken with the Coronado DS40 scope and DMK31 camera at 700mm focal length using the Astro Hutech 'Hinode' solar guider.  My experiences so far is that this is a fantastic piece of kit, easy and intuitive to setup and keeping the sun centred in the eyepiece even when no attention is paid to aligning the scopes mount.  I don't want to say too much about it at the moment but will be doing a full review of this great piece of kit in the near future.