Here is another stunning amateur image of the prominence I imaged yesterday:
This time from Florida, and again with expensive glassware (6″ f/8 refractor + Quark)
I console myself that again, it wouldn’t go on a window-sill and be at instant readiness (“The best telescope is the one you use the most”). Doesn’t stop me sighing deeply – – -!
C’mon you Quarkers – put up some competition!
Only had a few seconds visibility of the Sun this morning, so no chance to capture a full set of images. However, there was this rather nice prominence.
Having been seriously impressed with this image of the prominence the other day acquired with a Lunt LS152
I thought I would have another go at processing my window-sill image. I screwed down the alignment box size (in Registax 6) to 10 pixels and limited the processing to the prominence area. I then added a bit of Lucy-Richardson sharpening in GIMP. I think the extra aperture of the LS152 allows a much faster shutter speed, limiting the blur due to atmospheric wobble. The result is below.
Not as good as the LS152, of course.
There is also the small matter of a factor of 20-30 in the price of the optics of course – – – – Sigh!
The new sunspot has now got a number – AR2718.
Look at what you CAN achieve from the UK! – http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=147300&PHPSESSID=2m86lk4cf4gr18bhad16c2p4s5
This was with a Lunt LS152 – 4+ X the aperture of my LS35 and serious money! (£11500-ish)
A new sunspot has appeared, as yet, un-numbered. (Later – now AR2718)
Some reasonable features this morning ;—
Given the Sun’s current quiet state, some quite nice features today-
Yes, it is a sunspot, although a tiny, tiny one!
After some considerable period of inactivity, some nice prominences –