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Ha Full Disk – 23rd March 

23 Mar 17

Weather conditions were far from perfect with some haze with the sun low in the sky, but with the lack of decent weather so far this year I was not giving up on the chance to observe our star.


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CaK Full Disk With A Spot – 23rd March 

23 Mar 17

The full disk is still quiet, even in CaK light, but on the eastern limb a new sunspot rounded the limb; it is small and rather inactive looking, but nice to have a feature on our star.


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Equinoctial Full Disk in Hydrogen Alpha – 20th March 

20 Mar 17

The spring Equinox occurred today at 10.28am, the point where the Earths equatorial plane crosses the Suns equatorial plane.


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CaK Full Disk – 20th May 

20 Mar 17

Really nice to come home from work this afternoon to a bit of sunshine, even if it was low in the sky, definitely better than nothing! Isn’t it quiet though, normally CaK shows quite bright emitters, but there is very little in the way to see plage …


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Setting Sun Through The Haze – 15th March 

15 Mar 17

Today really did seem like spring had finally arrived.


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The First Sun In a Month… Ha Full Disk 4th March 

4 Mar 17

Since Christmas the weather has been awful for me, with only a few clear days, normally when i’m at work, this is only my second session of 2017.


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CaK Full Disk 4th March 

4 Mar 17

The only real activity on the sun at the moment is in the northern hemisphere, with areas of bright plage.


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Bright Spot and a Filament 4th September 

5 Feb 17

The conditions were far from great, but in the depths of winter it is nice just to get an image of the sun as it skirts the roof lines and tree tops of the urban environment.


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AR12632 in Ha 4th February 

5 Feb 17

This little decaying active region had very little other than a few plasma rifts going on, and, with a sun heading towards solar minimum is why a scope like the 0.2m Airylab HaT is the way forward.


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Chromosphere on The Limb In Calcium Light 4th February 

5 Feb 17

Not really a lot going on on in this image taken in Calcium light of the north eastern limb of our star taken with the 80mm scope at 2000mm focal length with the PGR CH3 and 2×2 binning.


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AR12629 in CaK 4th February 

4 Feb 17

While todays seeing wasn’t great there were moments when it showed some promise, to the point I decided to get out the 100mm Tal100R refractor.


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CaK Full Disk 4th February 

4 Feb 17

Apart from the decaying active regions that were heading towards the suns limb there isn’t a lot happening on our sun in Calcium light at the moment.


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Eastern Prominence 4th February 

4 Feb 17

This subtle little prom on the suns eastern limb had lots of faint detail tucked away that I didn’t realise until I processed the image.


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Small Prominence 4th February 

4 Feb 17

This small prominence was hanging on the boundary of filaprom / prominence on the western limb, but I like the way the subtle detail came out.


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AR12629 in Ha 4th February 

4 Feb 17

Seems the turn of february is a tipping point for me with the sun just about above most of the tree tops for most of the morning, following 3 months of grabbing quick views of suns between the branches.


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Ha Full Disk 4th February – The Sun Finally Comes Out! 

4 Feb 17

Finally after over a month of no real clear skies, or, no clear skies when I can actually observe it was nice to have a saturday morning where the sun was out.


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A Busy Western Limb in Ha – 2nd January 2017 

2 Jan 17

Hydrogen Alpha at 656.28nm was proving itself to be the wavelength of choice on this, my first imaging session of 2017.


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Eastern Filaments – 2nd January 

2 Jan 17

The eastern limb of the sun was the quietest today, with a very small area of inactive plage, however the limb offered a nice collection of small prominences, filaproms and filaments.


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Ha Full Disk – 2nd January 2017 – Happy New Year!!! 

2 Jan 17

As I use this PST more and more i’m slowly starting to get a handle on how it works, and how the orientation of the double stacked Lunt 50mm etalon that i’m using on it manifests itself in the final image.


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Easter Plage in CaK Light – 2nd January 

2 Jan 17

When I saw this area of plage coming around the limb a few days ago I was optimistic there might be a few spots tucked away in there – alas no! Any activity is very small scale or deeply buried within our star.


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Western Plage In CaK Light – 2nd January 

2 Jan 17

A closer look at the small area of plage heading towards the western limb in Calcium light reveals a smittering of brighter white spots indicating possibly developing activity, maybe and emerging flux region? Taken with the 40mm scope and a dirty 2x …


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CaK Full Disk – 2nd January 

2 Jan 17

The sun was quite blank in Calcium light today, a couple of brighter areas of plage towards either limb, possibly the one on the left will become an emerging flux region as seemed to be crackling away with a few brighter spots.


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When Less Is More in Solar Imaging – Ha Full Disk 29th December 

29 Dec 16

I’ve been messing around with a PST for some time now since the summer, first double stacking it with a Lunt 50 etalon, the BF5 has been replaced with my BF10, as IMHO, this particular filter offers better contrast.


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AR12261 in CaK – 29th December 

29 Dec 16

With my new found gap in the trees i’ve now over an hour to pass solar imaging in the winter season around solar noon, and, after messing around with some full disks still had some time to spare.


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CaK Full Disk – 29th December 

29 Dec 16

Another clear and frosty day here in Brierley Hills, and with my new found ‘gap between the trees’ available for a full hour around midday it would be foolish of me not to try and exploit it for a bit of solar.


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North West Quadrant – 26th December 

27 Dec 16

A pretty blank quarter of sun all bar a few filaments and small areas of plage.


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Small Prominence, Small Filaprom – 26th December 

26 Dec 16

It’s days like today when a double stacked scope is really needed to see the smaller and finer details on our star.


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Closing In On Not Much… 26th December 

26 Dec 16

My new found ‘gap in the trees’ around midday in the winter season has given me a bit more time to image.


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Boxing Day Sunshine In Calcium Light – 26th December 

26 Dec 16

Boxing day dawned bright and clear, and despite the low sun I was determined to make the most of the day.


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Boxing Day Ha Full Disk – 26th December 

26 Dec 16

The weather turned from the storms of Christmas day to building high pressure and clear skies on Boxing Day.


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Near Solstice Sun – 22nd December 

22 Dec 16

I would have liked to get an image on the 21st December to mark the winter solstice, alas, UK weather was not in my favour, so, i’ll have to settle for the day after! At an altitude of less than 10 degrees in the sky when this image was taken it was …


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CaK Full Disk – 4th Decmeber 

4 Dec 16

The sun was low in the sky this afternoon, and was a waiting game for it to pass between the gaps in the trees so that I could image it.


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Ha Full Disk – 4th December 

4 Dec 16

The sun really is low now as we’re only just over 2 weeks away from the winter solstice, where, for observers in the northern hemisphere the sun is at it’s lowest in the sky.


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Ha Full Disk 19th November 

19 Nov 16

It was difficult to get tuning spot on with cold fingers on this frosty november morning and the left of the image is slightly off, but despite the sun being quiet there were quite a few nice features to see with the double stacked PST running at …


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CaK Full Disk 19th November 

19 Nov 16

The sun was very low this morning at just after 9am, and with a heavy frost evaporating from the roof tops, trees and fences the air was filling with a rising mist which I was observing our star through.


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A Review Of The Solutions To Newtons Rings In Solar Imaging 

6 Nov 16

Newtons Rings are a problem that have afflicted solar imagers, in a variety a wavelengths, for some time, resulting in a series of alternating light and darker bands or concentric rings that appear super imposed over the target image.


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CaK Full Disk 5th November 

5 Nov 16

It may well be fireworks night here in the UK, but there are no fireworks on the sun at the moment, with a virtually blank disk other than a couple of areas of plage and a single very small sunspot.


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Ha Full Disk – 16th October 

16 Oct 16

Just the one image from today as seemed to be under a cloud streamer, and then the sun passed into the trees.


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Saturdays Trifecta – 15th October 

15 Oct 16

The trifecta of solar images is at the heart of the Brierley Hill Solar logo, and it seems like ages since i’ve done one, so, today seeing as I imaged in 3 wavelengths I decided to put one together! All taken with 40mm aperture, 500mm focal length …


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Ha Full Disk 15th October 

15 Oct 16

The double stack disks are back! I decontacted an etalon in my trusty DS40 scope earlier this year, and despite recontacting the damaged etalon, i’ve never been enamoured with the results it gives.


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CaK Full Disk 15th October 

15 Oct 16

The proms were quite easy to see today in CaK light due to the clean air following the passage of a weather front and the deep blue skies in the suckers gap that followed.


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AR12599 in Whitelight – 9th October 

12 Oct 16

There was lots of subtle detail visible in this whitelight shot of this nice little active region taken with the Tal100R refractor, Lunt solar wedge and the PGR Chameleon 3 USB3 camera.


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AR12599 in CaK – 9th October 

12 Oct 16

Stopping the aperture down from 100mm to 80mm helped to tame the poor seeing on sunday 9th, but it is difficult to make out the penumbral fibrils, which when visible is always a indication of better conditions.


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AR12598 in Whitelight – 9th October 

12 Oct 16

The longer wavelengths of whitelight are much less susceptible to the effects of the poorer seeing than the calcium images are, and has been a while since i’ve done any white light, and are pleased with the results.


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AR12600 in Whitelight – 9th October 

11 Oct 16

This spot really isn’t doing very much, but I was pleased with this image taken with the Tal100R refractor, the Lunt solar wedge and the PGR Chameleon 3 camera.


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AR12600 in CaK Light – 9th October 

11 Oct 16

Using the 100mm Tall00R and a 2x barlow was really struggling in the seeing conditions, but with declining solar activity and the sun sailing southward below the celestial equator in the autumnal time of year it is important to just image what you …


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CaK Full Disk 9th October 

11 Oct 16

The 40mm scope running at 500mm focal length really is effective in producing these CaK full disks with the home made CaK filter and the PGR Chameleon 3 USB3 camera.


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Ha Full Disk – 9th October 

11 Oct 16

Messing around here with a Lunt50 etalon double stacked on a PST.


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AR5455 Ha Animation 2nd October 

2 Oct 16

It really was pushing things with the poor seeing conditions using the 203mm Airylab HaT, with a low sun, rising morning temperatures as we head into October.


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S5455 Ha Closeup 2nd October 

2 Oct 16

This as yet un-designated region on the sun was quite possibly the most active part of the sun today.







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