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April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:26 am
by DeepSolar64
Session time is from 10:00am until noon EDT local time ( US ) from Rock Hill S.C. The skies are clear. The temp is 75F. Seeing is above average.


Coronado SolarMax II 90 DS. 32x, 44.5x, 64x, 89x ( Ha )
I got 4 plages this morning. AR12813 on the NW limb has a visible spot even in Ha. I also see a plage area in the NE near the limb and another in the SE quadrant of the disc. The fourth is just a mere disturbance near the SW limb.

I see few filaments and what is present I had to seek out. Two small ones in the SW, two in the NW near the limb, another in the NE near the limb and one near the SE limb that may be a part of a filaprom. None are significant and all are small.

I could see all the proms shown on GONG CerroTololo but the best ones are located on the NE limb, bright with dimmer tendrils reaching northward, and SW with a prom that looks like a standing animal facing south. The Meercat prom!! Both proms showed some change in form in the two hours of observing time.

The spicule layer was easy with the tiny spicule blades being visible. The mottles were easy and stood out in excellent contrast today.

I did a single full disc shot with the iPhone. It's probably among the best images I have done with the phone but is easily outdone by the ZWO ASI178MM camera. I will be back home after today and will resume using the ZWO camera.




TeleVue 85 w/Altair wedge and 540nm filter. 33x and 100x ( WL )
I can see a single small spot in the faculae of AR12813 in the NW. I can also see a tiny pore in the faculae located near the NE limb. I can also see a patch of faculae near the SW limb. I can get a good view of the granulation in this good seeing. Some of the individual granules actually appear darker than others! They are tiny at 100x but still can be seen! I can also see polar faculae at/around the south pole.

Carpe Noctem.

James


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Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:20 am
by MAURITS
Thanks James.

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:21 am
by marktownley
Excellent report from Rock Hill James, sounds like you had a good session, and the iphone photo came out well. Day has started cloudy for me here, with a light dusting of snow.

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:56 am
by Stardust5858
Thanks James for your report and a lovely iPhone capture. Thanks for sharing.

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:07 pm
by EGRAY_OBSERVATORY
Thanks James for your report and the iPhone image and processing is excellent..

Regards
Terry

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Wed Apr 07, 2021 5:44 pm
by DeepSolar64
EGRAY_OBSERVATORY wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:07 pm Thanks James for your report and the iPhone image and processing is excellent..

Regards
Terry

It's actually one of the best iPhone images I have done but it doesn't approach what the ASI178MM camera can do.

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:17 am
by DeepSolar64
marktownley wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 7:21 am Excellent report from Rock Hill James, sounds like you had a good session, and the iphone photo came out well. Day has started cloudy for me here, with a light dusting of snow.

WoW. You are still getting snow. It can still happen here in April too but the chance gets less day by day.

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 2:58 pm
by Montana
The Meercat prom sounded fun :) thanks for the report James and I love the iPhone pic :bow :hamster:

Alexandra

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:03 pm
by krakatoa1883
Thanks for your detailed observing notes, James, what a lovely iPhone capture!

Re: April 6 2021 Observations

Posted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:34 pm
by DeepSolar64
krakatoa1883 wrote: Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:03 pm Thanks for your detailed observing notes, James, what a lovely iPhone capture!
A smartphone won't put a dedicated astrophotography camera out of business but they are always on hand and quick to use. Anyone can image with one with just a little practice and editing. I certainly promote their use. If one took the time to learn to use their videos for stacking I bet surprising results could be obtained, especially if used in b&w/monochrome mode.

James