Astrophotography – solar (Sun)

Solar observing and photography @ LRO with Daystar Quark Hydrogen & Calcium Alpha filters on Skywatcher Equinox Pro 80mm

Damian and I used the opportunity of a (mostly) clear (although annoyed bits of cloud that covered sun) to observe and photograph the sun today. We used my Skywatcher Equinox Pro 80mm telescope on Manfrotto tripod with Daystar Quark hydrogen and calcium filters.

In hydrogen alpha, we could not see any sunspots – however with the calcium we could see one white spot that corresponded to a filament on the solar disc seen on professional images taken today.

The hydrogen alpha image also showed a prominence at 3 o’clock on solar disc and another prominence at 10 o’clock position – C shape, largely detached, not as bright. Excellent granulation and Newton rings evident.

The calcium Quark did not show the prominences.

Solar seeing quite poor.

Images below are taken with Bresser MikrOkular camera – they do not show any particular detail – probably my awful technique but the poor seeing might be part of the problem too.




Video of solar limb (Bresser MikrOkular camera):

Image from video:

Stacked image from video: