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Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by marktownley » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:26 pm

I'm on a roll here, a good few days in a row! Today I decided to stack the SM90 with my LS50 etalon for a double stack view to make any cycle 25 bright points easier to see. Glad I did, as the area that was designated S6205 in the southern hemisphere seems to have a couple more smaller bright points trailing it. Also surprised me how much area the plage at the equator is covering. Camera was the GH3 ICX916M

ImageHa-fd-ds-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

ImageHa-fd-ds-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Next I double stacked with the Quark on the SM90 for a closer view of the regions of interest.

Up in norther polar regions a filament associated with cycle 25 jetstreams was easy to see:

Imagenorth-fila-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Imagenorth-fila-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Dropping down to the equator and back into cycle 24 the plage from aprils active regions is still clearly visible and quite extensive:

Imageplage-and-fila-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Imageplage-and-fila-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Going further south, S6205 has diminished in size and activity and now is undesignated on solen. Just about caught the prom which I didn't notice until I was processing:

Images6205-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Images6205-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

And all the way at the south pole, the brighter points of polar facualae were just about visible:

Imagesouth-polar-faculae-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Imagesouth-polar-faculae-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

And finally, got this cheeky animation of these folk heading towards London Heathrow...

Imageani-800 by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Looks like tomorrow morning will be clear, so will be checking out what has changed then...

Hope you like!

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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by Starry Jack » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:39 pm

I love that solar transit!!!
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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by Astrophil » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:42 pm

Very nice images, Mark. I like the processing. Keep 'em coming.

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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by marktownley » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:40 pm

Thanks guys!

The bright point are there, definitely grab some images.

I should go to bed now, I have to be up and observing the sun in 6 hours :D
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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by Montana » Thu Jul 04, 2019 2:15 pm

I really am enjoying your daily news update :bow terrific images when blown up to full size :hamster: and what a great transit, they always make you smile :)

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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by Carbon60 » Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:17 pm

A nice, detailed, report, Mark. Excellent work.

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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by MapleRidge » Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:36 pm

Another excellent session Mark and great to highlight the features of both cycles visible :bow

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Re: Wednesday Sunshine 3rd July

Post by MAURITS » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:04 pm

Excellent Mark.
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