Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

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Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by MapleRidge » Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:41 am

Hello everyone...

A busy weekend here with clear skies returning and multiple targets for imaging.

The solar session with the Peterborough Astronomical Association wrapped up around noon on Saturday, with 11 members visiting and getting a fix on solar energy through WL and Ha filters. The WL views were underwhelming, but with the Ha scopes we did have a few proms and filaments as well as AR2702 which has been visible for several days.

I spend some time imaging after lunch on Saturday (March 17th) with the LS80T/B1200Ha solar scope. The first image below was taken in SS mode:
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The scope was then set up in DS mode with the LS75 front mount etalon, and I made the composite image with seperate disk and limb exposures (limb inverted):
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The early afternoon seeing was poor, but I wanted to try some higher resolution images by adding the 3x tele-extnder to the optical train and imaged some of the disk features. The first was AR2702:
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The remaining images cover the filaments that were visible:
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After finishing up at the sugar-bush after supper tonight I was fortunate to have the low clouds on the western horizon break up and allowed a view of the beautiful conjunction of the very young Moon, Venus, and Mercury. Sunlight reflected from multiple sources ;) These images were taken with the Canon 60D and telephoto lens (two different zoom levels):
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The clear weather is to continue tomorrow so if all goes well I can image the conjunction again Monday night.

Questions and comments are always welcome.

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by Montana » Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:41 am

What a delight!! the views of the Sun are wonderful but the reflected light in the bottom images are sublime :bow :hamster:
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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by ffellah » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:30 am

A really beautiful set, Brian. Glad you had fun with your visitors.

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by MapleRidge » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:00 pm

Pedro, Alexandra, and Franco...

Thanks fro your feedback and positive comments on the weekend images, they are always appreciated :bow

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by rsfoto » Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:25 pm

Hi,

Great Sun images as well as the Moon Venus Mercury conjunction. I took the same at about 19:20 hours in Mexico City and the moon and mercury line is nearly horizontal.
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Post by marktownley » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:24 pm

A great day and a great booty of images too. I love the sunset shots with the conjunction.
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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by Bruce Girrell » Mon Mar 19, 2018 9:42 pm

Really nice images Mark
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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by MapleRidge » Tue Mar 20, 2018 3:48 am

Rainer, Mark, and Bruce...

Thanks for your feedback!!!

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by Derek Klepp » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:26 am

Great conjunctions Brian.

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Post by MapleRidge » Tue Mar 20, 2018 9:15 pm

Thanks Derek!!!

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by Carbon60 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:58 pm

A very fine crop of images, Brian. Looks like you had a successful session.

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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by eroel » Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:37 pm

Brian:
Very good day and night sessions.
Best wishes,
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Re: Weekend Sunlight - Many Angles

Post by MapleRidge » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:02 am

Stu and Eric...

Thanks for your feedback...much appreciated :bow

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