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Transit of Mercury in the Spicule Layer. Phil took this great image with his Quantum 6 Scope, Solar Spectrum etalon and PGR Camera.

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by Astrophil
Wed Nov 13, 2019 3:56 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury transit and proms
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: Mercury transit and proms

Thanks Eric and Marty for the kind words. I processed a series of images and made a short animation. It spans only 10 minutes with 1 frame per minute. I was surprised how fast Mercury moves and how much the Sun changes. I can see why a fast camera and short videos are necessary at that scale. Phil t...
by Astrophil
Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury transit and proms
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Re: Mercury transit and proms

Thank you all for the kind comments and the SPOD.

After all the anticipation and excitement of the transit, as soon as Mercury touched the limb I realized that I would never see that again... and then it was gone.
I felt lucky.

Phil
by Astrophil
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury transit and proms
Replies: 11
Views: 103

Mercury transit and proms

The weather was nice here today for imaging. I used the LS80 DS for the disk and the Quantum Six scope with a Solar Spectrum etalon for the closeups. Phil 20191111_103524_LS80_ac.jpg 20191111_085834_a2c.jpg 20191111_130539_invc.jpg 20191111_130626_ac.jpg 20191111_120441_prom_invc.jpg 20191111_120337...
by Astrophil
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Mercury transit and proms
Replies: 5
Views: 5

Mercury transit and proms

The weather was nice here today for imaging. I used the LS80 DS for the disk and the Quantum Six scope with a Solar Spectrum etalon for the closeups. Phil 20191111_103524_LS80_ac.jpg 20191111_085834_a2c.jpg 20191111_130539_invc.jpg 20191111_130626_ac.jpg 20191111_120441_prom_invc.jpg 20191111_120337...
by Astrophil
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2 Nov - 3-band FDs and zoom-ins
Replies: 10
Views: 170

Re: 2 Nov - 3-band FDs and zoom-ins

Alfred, great images through the clouds. Looks like all the equipment is performing well.

Phil
by Astrophil
Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 6th of November 2019.
Replies: 7
Views: 85

Re: Sol from the 6th of November 2019.

Beautiful captures, Eric, great proms even the long faint one to the NW. Very nice.

Phil
by Astrophil
Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:46 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Nov. 4,5,6 FD
Replies: 6
Views: 87

Nov. 4,5,6 FD

Here are some full disk images taken with the LS80 showing what's been going on the last few days. Activity seems to be fading as of today but some nice proms showed up to entertain. They would have been nice in a larger scope. I tried to reduce contrast and resist the urge to over sharpen these ima...
by Astrophil
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 1st of November 2019.
Replies: 5
Views: 88

Re: Sol from the 1st of November 2019.

Eric, you consistently put out such quality images. Thank you.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Offerings from Oct 28
Replies: 9
Views: 165

Re: Offerings from Oct 28

Great set of images, Lou. Exceptional details and processing. A pleasure to view.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:54 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: New Plage, Proms & Cells | Oct 29th 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 181

Re: New Plage, Proms & Cells | Oct 29th 2019

They all turned out very well, Marty. Beautiful hi-res shots!

Phil
by Astrophil
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: FDs and Highlights from Nov. 1st and 2nd
Replies: 6
Views: 106

FDs and Highlights from Nov. 1st and 2nd

These images were taken with the LS80 again using a 2.8Mp and 6.0Mp Grasshopper GX camera. The 2.8Mp camera had the 5x Powermate attached and the 6.0Mp a 1.5x Barlow. Still in the testing mode (me and the scope) and the images are a little crispy to say the least but I thought they might be interest...
by Astrophil
Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:05 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: LS 80 and 5x Powermate
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Re: LS 80 and 5x Powermate

Thanks Eric and Marty. Your comments are always welcomed.

Phil
by Astrophil
Thu Oct 31, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: LS 80 and 5x Powermate
Replies: 12
Views: 200

Re: LS 80 and 5x Powermate

Thanks for the kind comments. I see the hummingbirds as well, Stu. The Lunt 80 is still new to me and I'm finding it convenient to go from full disk to closer views all in one lightweight package.

Phil
by Astrophil
Wed Oct 30, 2019 2:39 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: LS 80 and 5x Powermate
Replies: 12
Views: 200

LS 80 and 5x Powermate

Here is an assortment of images taken with the Lunt LS 80 DS using a 5x Powermate. A Grasshopper GX camera was close coupled to the Powermate using a T thread adapter to keep magnification lower. These images were taken Oct. 27th and 29th. Orientation is a little off and the processing is a little e...
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's SUN (20191019) | afternoon session
Replies: 16
Views: 372

Re: Today's SUN (20191019) | afternoon session

Always a pleasure to view your images, Pedro. Thanks.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: October 18th Sun and Landscapes
Replies: 12
Views: 205

Re: October 18th Sun and Landscapes

Nice. I'm beginning to like your landscapes almost as much as the excellent FDs and proms.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Animation test #2
Replies: 13
Views: 250

Re: Animation test #2

Franco, I do like that animation. Good quality too. At first I expected the prom to take off but instead it dripped back down to the surface. Cool.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.
Replies: 41
Views: 942

Re: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.

Very informative, Valery. Every tip and tidbit of information is appreciated. I too took the liberty of processing Albert's raw image as well as yours. These were both processed to bring out details and not to be aesthetically pleasing. The comparison hopefully shows how seeing may affect high res i...
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: October 15th Session
Replies: 13
Views: 181

Re: October 15th Session

Nice ones, Brian. I'm sure glad there are some decent proms 'cause the disk leaves much to be desired.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Oct 16 FDs LS80
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Re: Oct 16 FDs LS80

Thank you all for the kind comments. It means a lot.
I still haven't decided which processing is my favorite but as eyes get older sharpness and contrast become more appealing.

Phil
by Astrophil
Thu Oct 17, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Oct 16 FDs LS80
Replies: 11
Views: 182

Oct 16 FDs LS80

Today was the day for the Lunt 80 ds to see some sun. A 2x Barlow was attached to a PGR Grasshopper GX 6Mp camera. Only two images were usable as the Sun played hide and seek behind numerous small clouds. Barely 10 seconds of clear sky at a time made for a challenging imaging session and I tired of ...
by Astrophil
Sun Oct 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 11th and 12th of October 2019.
Replies: 11
Views: 193

Re: Sol from the 11th and 12th of October 2019.

Spectacular full disk presentation, Eric. I do like the processing choices you made and the proms, great proms!

Phil
by Astrophil
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Calcium Sun
Replies: 11
Views: 198

Re: Calcium Sun

The new equipment works well. Those are beautiful FD's and the hi-res shows a lot of info. Nicely done, Stu.
I suspect we'll see more from that setup.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Prom Oct. 11 Questar/Quark Combo
Replies: 10
Views: 154

Re: Prom Oct. 11 Questar/Quark Combo

Thanks guys.
The Q/Quark combo has limitations but is easy. Light weight (one hand carry) and no tuning, just plug in the battery pack. Too bad there's no easy double stack available.

Phil
by Astrophil
Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: October 5th - Ha
Replies: 13
Views: 283

Re: October 5th - Ha

Great solar images and the those close up Earth shots are a pleasant diversion. You live in a beautiful part of the world.
Thanks, Brian.

Phil