Saturday, 13 February 2016

M1.8 Solar Flare - 13th February

The first day of a week off work today, and was hoping for some solar.  The weather forecast said cloud but el-sol came out in the afternoon.  Imagine my surprise after I had set up and took the first look through the eyepiece to see a bright M1.8 solar flare in AR12497.  The clouds held off just long enough for me to capture this image of the event.  Taken with the triple stacked 40mm Coronado scope at 700mm focal length with the PGR Blackfly GigE IMX249 camera.  Hoping this will be the start of a great weeks solar observing!

*Edit* - really pleased!  This photo went front page on the NASA Spaceweather website on Valentines day, check it out!