Xmas Eve Day Sun and some Scenery

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Xmas Eve Day Sun and some Scenery

Post by MapleRidge » Mon Dec 25, 2017 5:01 am

Hi everyone...

We finally managed to have a clear day today and a day off work too...so I took advantage of the opportunity to do some imagign before heading to my parents for the first go at Christmas festivities.

Seeing was reasonably good with the -8C that was offered, but with the time limits I limited to working with the LS80T/B1200Ha solar scope, double stacked with the LS75FHa front mount etalon. The first image is the full disk composite of separate disk and limb exposures. It was nice to see an upswing in activity!
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I added a 3x barlow ahead of the camera to capture some higher resolution frames of the disk and limb features. I made mosaics across the disk showing the features, and crated a composite of thse images in monochrome, inverted, and colorized palettes. The first spans the area just south of the solar equator:
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The second covers the disk north of the equator, with AR2692 as the main disk feature:
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This post covers the session form today. We have had a lot of cloud and snow in the past couple of weeks so I made a panorama around the observatory when I was finished imaging:
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With all the cloud lately there have been few opportunities to see any stars...but our neighbors solved that problem by lighting their Christmas star which is mounted atop their silo:
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Questions and comments are always welcome.

Seasons Greetings and best wishes from my family and I to everyone here for a Merry Christmas.

Take care,
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Post by ffellah » Mon Dec 25, 2017 12:59 pm

Brian: it looks like you had a nice session.... very nice images very well presented.

Merry Christmas to you and family !

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Post by eroel » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:18 pm

Brian:
Super solar shots, though this is the first time I see the nearest star resolved so well. :shock:
Seasons Greetings to you and family.
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Post by MapleRidge » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:31 pm

Franco and Eric...

Thanks for your comments on the images and holiday wishes :bow

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Post by rsfoto » Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:48 am

Hi Brian,

Nice images and that Panorama made he Homesick when I was living in Germany. I miss the snow in Mexico

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Post by MapleRidge » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:30 am

Hi Rainer...

Thanks for your comments...always appreciated :bow

My panorama has a lot more snow if I were re-take it in he morning, as we have had a lot of snow through the night and Christmas Day. The winds have picked up and a lot of drifting snow. A lot of Canadian who don't like the snow head south for the winter to escape it...some of my wife's family he in Mexico for the winter.

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Post by Carbon60 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:28 am

A fine set of images, Brian, very nicely presented. Beautiful panorama too.

I hope you had a wonderful family Christmas.

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Post by Derek Klepp » Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:27 am

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Post by MapleRidge » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:09 pm

Stu, Derek, and Pedro...

Thanks for your feedback and seasons greeting...much appreciated :bow

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Post by Montana » Tue Dec 26, 2017 5:13 pm

How wonderful to have a white Christmas, I thoroughly enjoyed the panorama and the Sun, I had neither on Christmas day.
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Have a relaxing holiday and Happy New Year!
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Post by marktownley » Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:43 am

Missed these, a great set Brian and hope you have had an excellent Christmas!
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Post by MapleRidge » Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:09 am

Alexandra and Mark...

Thanks for your feedback and Christmas wishes...very much appreciated :bow

Mark...your Icelandic adventures look great from the aurora pics you are posting. They much be very impressive to show that well with the moonlight.

Alexandra, we have not had a lot of (or any) snow at Christmas in the last 10 years so I am happy to have the snow...just a 'natural' state for nature in my mind. We have had a [bad-word] cold week too..-30C a couple of mornings and the daytime high has been in the -20's too. The saving grace has been the relatively calm winds...we'd be in whiteouts with blowing snow and the cold would seem 10x worse in the wind. Joked with some customers today that it was nice to have a warn day for a change...the fact it was still -17C puts it into perspective :lol: The cold weather has brought clear skies but work has not allowed any time to do solar work despite the cold.

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Post by Ibbo » Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:40 pm

Nice images Brian.
A bit cold for my liking though.

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Post by MapleRidge » Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:36 pm

Thanks for your feedback Steve :bow

The temps haven't improved much...-22C or so while imaging this morning.

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