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2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:37 pm
by DeepSolar64
Since I don't have a camera to post images here I will post my observations instead. I do keep a notebook as well. I do hope in time to get the equipment to image the sun. But I have so much to buy beforehand. A tracking mount, maybe a quark for my Celestron 102 refractor. A Herschel Wedge, etc. And the better cameras are not cheap. So for now it's visual-only for me. I use the GONG images as a guide.

Coronado SolarMax II 60mm DS
Three prominences seen but faint. One filament. The filagree is seen covering the disc. I see no active regions ( plages ) on the disc today. Seeing rough. 16x and 21.5x

Orion 70mm Solar Telescope.
Featureless disc. No spots or faculae seen. 25x.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:45 pm
by dhkaiser
Nice report, thanks. Cloudy here.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:07 pm
by JochenM
Sounds like you had a nice session there. Always fun when there’s activity going on that you can have a look at.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:34 am
by DeepSolar64
I enjoy it. I would enjoy imaging as well but there is something special about seeing it with your eyes. For me imaging would greatly benefit my solar recordkeeping. Far beyond my descriptions. And I cannot draw well at all.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:05 am
by Montana
Thanks for the observational data, this is just as important and valuable as a record as the imaging side. Sometimes the eye will see something that everyone else has missed :hamster: also folk only image the biggest and best feature and ignore all the smaller details.

Alexandra

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 1:48 pm
by MAURITS
Niceley done with the GONG image.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 3:07 pm
by DeepSolar64
There are days I can see all that the GONG images show and other days not as much. I find the SDO images useful too. And the images posted here on Solarchat! Thanks all of you!

James

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 9:18 pm
by marktownley
Sounds like you had a great observing session James.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:15 pm
by MapleRidge
Nice to see your report James...not a typical post, but any observations are welcome!!!

Brian

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:02 am
by Astrophil
Enjoyable report, James. Detailed solar observing is a skill that few seem to have.

Phil

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:26 am
by DeepSolar64
Phil,
Like Deep Sky and planetary observing it takes time and patience. And then there is learning how to tweak the etalon tuning to get the best views of individual solar features. That takes some practice and getting used to.

James

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:33 am
by salvo lauricella
Very nice report James.

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:17 pm
by ffellah
Thank you for sharing your observations

Franco

Re: 2-11-20 Observations

Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:51 pm
by DeepSolar64
Thanks Franco. Since I do not yet have the capability to do real imaging this is all I can really share here. My visual observations.

James