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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Feb 2, 2014 16:11:23 GMT -6
Solar Imaging on Rare semi-Sunny Winter Day 02 February 2014
Monster sunspot group AR1967 is putting on a great show now and I had the chance to finally conduct some solar imaging on this second day of February. Chicago Astronomer Bill had texted me earlier in the day for a joint solar session, but I was not free, so later in the day I shot some pics in the backyard. I have a small window of opportunity each day around noon when the solar disk is more or less free of buildings and such.
Setting up the CG-5 mount with both the C102mm refractor and the Adler H-Alpha scope...we enjoy a time with the Sun...
Using configurations of afcoal and prime focusing with the T5i DSLR, Full aperture white light filter, 2"Maxview Eyepiece, 2X Barlow and 1.25" Zhumell Zoom eyepiece - imaging was decent...although with the high haze pics are not as sharp as they could be. I did not have the time to photograph the set-ups, as I was losing my window of opportunity. Next time.
Popping on the H-Alpha scope...I was getting some prominences, but the atmospheric haze made them soft and fuzzy...
Sunspot group AR1967 demonstrated nice detail in H-Alpha...