03/31/2019 - A little more solar activity today

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

I was doing high-powered solar surface detail work today when, right before closing the observatory, I decided to move the telescope around the limb of the sun in the off chance a prominence had sprung up. Good thing I did, as you can see in this photo. Not a huge prominence, but pretty self-respectable so far as prominences go. :)

This photo was shot just before noon  on March 31, 2019 from Port Orchard, Washington.

Enjoy the sunshine!  

03/30/2019 - The Sun at solar minimum

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

The sun shone brightly over Port Orchard, Washington today. After a long, unseasonably snowy and cold winter, it was nice to get out under the sun and soak up its warmth.

I got some photos of the sun today but haven't been able to look at most of the images. The most difficult part of astrophotography is the processing, and I've not had time to process any but just this one of the images I got. I hope to post more in the coming days.

07/29/2018 - Seeing was very good this morning

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Seeing was very good this morning ... and to think that I almost didn't set up the scope. I got a lot of video to process later but don't have the time today. I did do a rather quick processing job here just to make sure I got some good data. 

I'll post more once I have time to review and process the data acquisition.

Enjoy. Its in the 90's today. And you can blame this thing here... :)

Solar disk - 07/21/2018

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

Trying out some new equipment today ... using a ZWO ASI183 cam with the 90mm Coronado SolarMax II on an Atlas EQ-G mount.  So far, so good ... except for all the darn clouds that popped up as soon as I started my imaging session ...

Here is a image of the full solar disk that I got this morning. As you can see, there's not much going on. In fact, there have been no sunspots for three weeks! That's rare .... and frustrating to solar observers. There is some action on the sun's surface, though ... primarily some active filaments, so it's not a total lost cause.

Solar activity - July 8, 2018

Submitted by jimwcoleman

The day started out clear but high clouds quickly moved into the Pacific Northwest skies, so I couldn't do much. Here's a photo I got of some limb activity on the sun today. I have blacked out the brilliant surface to make it easier to see. I was going to photograph surface detail and add it to this image, but the clouds moved in too quickly.  All in all, a fun two hours of observing but I had to end it prematurely.

Come on summer ... where the heck are you? Oh, yeah. It's on the OTHER side of the country ...

Solar Composite (most of it!)

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

As you can see in the photo below, the sun is BORING right now ... absolutely nothing going on.

So I decided to spend a few hours and do a composite of the entire disk. This is a combination of 30 images ... processed with Autostakkert and Registax ... but ... wait ... I missed a piece of it!

Well, I guess this just means I have to try again. Darn. Twist my arm, why don't you... ;)

Anyway, enjoy. This is what keeps you warm. Keeps you alive.

Coronal Hole

Submitted by jimwcoleman

There currently is a coronal hole on the face of the sun.  This is a cooler, less dense area on the Sun's surface and it's easy to see as it's pointed at the Earth right now. We are near the solar minimum so there's not much to see on the surface of the sun right now, but I did get this image today, using a Coronado SolarMax 90 and a ZWO cam ... 

Sun - Coronado 90mm SolarMax II and ZWO ASI120MC

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Here's my first attempt at stacking and processing footage from my newest telescope. This was captured in Port Orchard, Washington today, using a ZWO ASI120MC cam on a Coronado 90mm BF30 SolarMax II. It was captured using SmartCap and processed in Registax 6 and Paint Shop Pro (for those who like the details).

A very tiny prominence is visible....

Today's sunspots - September 3, 2017

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I really need to get me a good solar scope - with this fascination I've always had with the sun. One of these days...

Meanwhile,  back on planet Earth, this is how the sun looks today, at 11:30 a.m., from Port Orchard, Washington. Lot's more sunspot activity than I expected.

And it's sunny here near Seattle, too. Get out and enjoy it!

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