Sunday, 18 June 2017

AR12663 in Ha - 17th June

This is only quite a small region on the sun, 'merely' a dozen or so Earths across, but with the 0.2m Airylab HaT at nearly 9 metres focal length it is possible to get up close and personal with this tempest of plasma.  The image was taken shortly after 6am before the heat of the day destroyed the seeing conditions.  The sun looks angry and menacing at this scale.  The double stacked Daystar Quark was used along with the PGR Chameleon 3 with 2x2 binning to give nice large 6.9um pixels, 3 ms exposure time and a 120fps frame rate in an attempt to get the best out of the seeing conditions.