September 15 2020 WL Observations

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September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by DeepSolar64 » Tue Sep 15, 2020 5:47 pm

Today was a fairly quick set of observations between clouds that went from 1:05pm to 1:30pm EDT local time ( US ). Skies are mostly cloudy and the temp is a cool 66F and seeing like yesterday is well above average.

Orion 70mm Solar Telescope. 25x and 62.5x ( WL )
This little cheap scope never ceases to amaze me! I can see almost all the low-contrast plage regions shown on the SDO HMI continuum image with close scrutiny. I can count 5 tiny faculae at the north pole! I see another facula nearing the limb in the NW. It's the one that has spawned a few tiny pores in the last couple of days. I see none now. I see another facula in the SW also near the limb. I see a single tiny facula at the south pole. I can also see faculae on the SE limb as well. I would have expected more to see this in the C102 using the wedge and don't usually get this good of performance out of the 70mm. I am sure the very good to excellent seeing I have had over the last 2-3 days has something to do with it. Clouds and lack of time have discouraged me from setting up my bigger heavier scopes. The granulation shows easily as a fine texture at 25x!!

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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by EGRAY_OBSERVATORY » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:58 pm

Thanks as always James for your report and the SDO image.

Other than some proms today, it seems that we might still be in for a further few quiet days on the surface.

I note that apparently it has only just been proposed/announced that we are in Cycle #25, but certainly judging by previous comments from Mark etc., I am quite happy to still believe that we have been in #25 for around two months or more, but still a while for more regular activity in the offing...

https://www.weather.gov/news/201509-solar-cycle tells more and that this cycle now will likely be similar to #24 by around 2025...

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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by DeepSolar64 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:05 am

I think we already have crossed over too. Probably somewhere between last December and June.


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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by Carbon60 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:57 am

Thanks for your report, James.

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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by DeepSolar64 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:00 am

Thank you Stuart.


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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by Montana » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:23 am

I am glad you are still seeing so much in white light James, the faculae can be just as entertaining as spots :hamster:

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Re: September 15 2020 WL Observations

Post by eroel » Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:01 pm

James:
Thanks for the clean nice image and report.
BTW, I just had the chance to make one FD and its versions that day.
Regards,
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