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AR12710 in Sodium Light with the Daystar Quark – 22nd May 

23 May 18

This new active region rounded the suns limb a few days ago, and while it is small has a timely appearance with my new Daystar sodium Quark arriving also.


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Mid Disk in Sodium Light – 22nd May 

23 May 18

Whilst superficially similar to the white light image this mid disk shot taken in sodium light is quite different.


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Ha Full Disk – 22nd May 

22 May 18

Messing around triple stacking with the 50mm Lunt, brings out nice contrast but also highlights uneveness in the image.


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AR12710 in Sodium Light 

21 May 18

First view with the Daystar sodium Quark this afternoon using the 60mm f6 scope.


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Ha Full Disk With The Daystar Quark – 19th May 

20 May 18

The sun is certainly quiet, and you have to look hard for details however they are there.


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AR12709 in Ha – 14th May 

15 May 18

The seeing conditions were surprisingly good for so late in the afternoon on what was a very warm day.


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Feathery Prom – 14th May 

15 May 18

Using the Skywatcher ED80 and Daystar Chromosphere Quark I was able to get a nice view of a prominence that was visible on the suns south western limb.


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Close Ups With The LuntDS50 – 14th May 

15 May 18

Using my new 2.5x barlow lens stacked with a 1.3x barlow to bring the setup to somewhere around f25 I quite like the scale that comes with this setup.


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Double Stacked Full Disk in Ha – 14th May 

15 May 18

I’m still not 100% happy with the results I get with the double stack setup because of the gradients it creates across the disk; i’m looking at other solutions.


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Closeups in Calcium Light – 14th May 

15 May 18

Taken with the 40mm scope, 2.5x barlow and additional 1.3x barlow this closeup must be around f30 and is pushing the boundaries of image scale with the little scope.


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Single Stack Ha Full Disk – 14th May 

15 May 18

Once the little Lunt50 has acclimated once it has been setup it produces some nice full disks with decent Ha detail.


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CaK Full Disk – 14th May 

15 May 18

The sunny skies continue in the UK and with it the opportunity to see what the face of our star presents.


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Double Stack Full Disk – 13th May 

14 May 18

Adding a second etalon to the Lunt LS50 solar telescope through ‘double stacking’ has the effect of increasing contrast on the solar disk as a result of reduced continuum leakage in the wings of the Hydroge Alpha centreline.


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Ha Full Disk – 13th May 

13 May 18

Todays sun has all the hallmarks of our star heading into solar minimum.


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A Nearly Spotless Sun Towards Solar Minimum – 12th May 

13 May 18

As we head towards solar minimum activity on our Sun will get less and less.


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Active Regions in Calcium Light – 12th May 

13 May 18

A trio of active regions are currentlytransitingthe earthward face of the sun.


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CaK Full Disk 10th May 

11 May 18

Nice to see some active regions and their associated white plage visible on the sun.


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Full Disk With the Lunt LS50 – 10th May 

10 May 18

There were clear(ish!) skies after work today and so decided to get the scope out to see what was happening on our star.


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AR12708 with the Airylab HaT – 7th May 

10 May 18

First real run this year with the 203mm Airylab HaT, and on one of the hottest days of the year the seeing was boiling away.


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Ha Full Disk Animation 6th May 

9 May 18

I have been perplexed with the way my Lunt50 has been behaving lately however hoping that on Sundaythis has been fixed.


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Calcium Closeups 6th May 

9 May 18

The seeing was reasonably steady on sunday afternoon and I managed a nice closeup using the 40mm scope barlowed up to shy of 1000mm focal length, double clicking the image zooms quite a bit further in.


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CaK Full Disk – 6th May 

8 May 18

Calcium wavelengths are great for spotting solar activity as it shows up white, and despite a virtually empty disk in whitelight there were 2 active regions easily seen at 393nm.


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White Light Full Disk – 6th May 

8 May 18

The sun is all but blank at the moment, all bar a very small active region that contains a couple of pores, nearer the north eastern limb there is a small region of plage associated with a decaying active region.


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CaK Full Disk – 1st May 

1 May 18

One of those first thing in the morning shots, it’s that time of year! The seeing was awful especially considering the apparentlyclear blue skies, still, nice to get some sun.


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Ha Full Disk 30th April 

30 Apr 18

The skies cleared in a fashion late this afternoon so I decided to get home quick from work and go for an image of the sun.


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CaK Full Disk 26th April 

26 Apr 18

The time of year has arrived where for several months i’m able to observe the sun early in the morning before I leave for work; it’s always a pleasant way to start the day.


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Ha Full Disk – 22nd April 

22 Apr 18

If you take a look back at my recent full disks with the Lunt 50 there is a distinct haze and softness to the images.


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AR12706 in Ha – 20th April 

22 Apr 18

As we head towards solar minimum activity on our star will get less and less, so it was a pleasant surprise earlier in the week to have both good weather here in the UK and also an active region rounding the suns eastern limb.


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CaK Sun – 20th April 

22 Apr 18

A quick whizz overview of the sun from Friday 20th April.


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Ha Full Disks 20th April 

22 Apr 18

I was able to get home early after work on friday, and seeing as the sun was shining I decided to grab some solar images.


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Hazy Sunshine 16th April 

17 Apr 18

After 2 weeks of virtually wall to wall cloud the sun was making fleeting appearances through some broken cloud on Monday afternoon.


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Small Prominence – 5th April 

8 Apr 18

Hazy skies contributed to a bit of background glow on some of thursdays images, but I was pleased with how this prom shot turned out and the subtle detail within it, especially as it was taken with the new 60mm f6 scope.


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Tenuous Filaments – 5th April 

7 Apr 18

This has to be one of my favourite shots from Thursday and is worth clicking on to view full size.


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Swirling Plasma and Small Proms – 5th april 

7 Apr 18

The sun is certainly getting quieter as we approach solar minimum, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening on our star, things are just smaller scale.


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Close Up Proms with the Airylab HaT – 5th April 

6 Apr 18

Despite the clear blue skies the seeing wasn’t up to the resolution of 8″ aperture with the HaT, I shot a number of images and these are about the best that came out.


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EX – AR12699 – Filaments and Magnetic Fields – 5th April 

6 Apr 18

2 solar rotations ago at the start of Februarythe winter sun was graced with the sight of an active region yielding a number of spots.


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Ha Full Disk – 5th April 

6 Apr 18

It was a case of look carefully on the sun on 5th April.


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CaK Full Disk – 5th April 

6 Apr 18

Finally some clear skies, and I must have forgot how to use the 40mm CaK scope as I did an awful attempt at focusing on this disk.


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AR12699 – Return of the Plage: Take 2 

29 Mar 18

When you look at the SDO image above you might be fooled into thinking something big is coming around the solar limb near the solar equator (left hand side).


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Proms on a Spring Day – 25th March 

25 Mar 18

The first day of spring here in the UK was a warm and bright day, quite different from the weeks of a long cold winter that went before.


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Full Disk With The Double Stacked Lunt50 – 25th March 

25 Mar 18

The double stacked Lunt50 is going to be a bit of a work horse through solar minimum.


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A Trifecta of Full Disks on the First Day of Spring – 25th March 

25 Mar 18

Sunday 25th March marked the start of British Summer Time, with the clocks going forward an hour and the lighter evenings now with us.


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AR12702 – Catch It Before It’s Gone! 

18 Mar 18

Over the past few days a small emerging flux region has developed in the suns northern hemisphere, initially this was a bright area in both Ha and CaK wavelengths, however now a small group of spots have developed.


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Take a Journey To The Sun on The Parker Solar Probe 

11 Mar 18

Want to get the hottest ticket this summer without standing in line? NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their names online to be placed on a microchip aboard NASA’s historic Parker Solar Probe mission launching in summer 2018.


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Ex-AR12699 Nothing More Than Decaying Plage – 4th March 

4 Mar 18

Ex AR12699 made it’s return over the weekend, however sadly activity in the region has decayed significantly, and despite hopes there would be some sunspots left all that has returned is an area of decaying plage.


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Ex-AR12699 To Return Within a Week? 27th February 

27 Feb 18

Taking a look at the SOHO data for the far side of the sun it would seem that AR12699 that passed over the suns limb over a week ago that there are still signs of activity visible.


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Supergranulation on a Blank Sun – 24th february 

24 Feb 18

Todays sun is totally blank of all our usual features; active regions, sunspots and the like.


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A Blank Sun on Saturday – 17th February 

17 Feb 18

After the excitement of the recent active region (ar12699) the sun has returned to a blank and quiet state more typical of our star as it descends into solar minimum.


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Ha Full Disk – 11th February 

11 Feb 18

The sun is getting ever higher with each passing day now, and each day gives an ever so slightly longer window for observation as old yellow rise clears the roof tops and trees of the urban skyline.


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A Quick and Dirty Full Disk: 9th February 

9 Feb 18

I got away from work early on Friday afternoon, and to my surprise the sun was visible in the slimmest of gaps, that is viewing with the scope through an open front door with passing cloud! I decided to try the ED60 f6 with the Lunt wedge for a quick…







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