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.

Enjoy the photo. :)


Submitted by swingin on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 17:47

How did you get it so big? Is that just the new camera? That will look really cool when there's actually something going on. Nice start my man!!


Try an inverted image look and see how that turns out.. It usually brings out the proms.


Submitted by thenakedastronomer on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:35

Yes, it's the new cam. I can get the entire disk at high resolution. Don't even need that focal reducer to do the job. :)


Submitted by swingin on Sat, 07/21/2018 - 19:49

So I take it that's what the BF30 does for the scope huh? Nice, to bad they cost so much!! :) Your going to be pretty happy with that unit Jim, that's pretty cool.