The week started
by the domination of the solar disk with the huge sunspot AR1384
seen below in this white light image. But another very attractive
and active group was entering the eastern limb at this time,
the AR1386 group. It has continued to grow all week and flare
us on the western limb.
Seeing was poor
today, but still AR1386 is showing tons of promise.
Two part composite
across the disk in Halpha light. Look at those gorgeous parallel
AR1384 is showing
elongation as leading spots usually do. It will be starting to
break up soon and shrink.
AR1382 is almost
over the limb. Here is a close up with the 5x in variable seeing.
Waves of turbulence float across the image.
AR1386 is now starting
to grow and is joined by more and more smaller pores and sunspots.
Halpha with a small
Bear" Prom on limb...
Sunrise! And the
sun will clear the pine trees around 8:47am each day now. This
is the scene with my 80mm as I wait for the sun to finally clear
the nearby pine trees. At our elevation of 5150 feet, nearly
every tree is either a Juniper or Pinion Pine.
Seeing much better
today, you can clearly see the granulation in this 5x white light
view of the big spot.
Bear" Prom is changing daily
Another large prom
on the limb.
Today, I decided
to do some Calcium K imaging. This is with the 80mm f/6 and Lunt
B600 module. AR1384 is now moving off the disk, and is starting
AR1384 with the
2.5x Barlow. Seeing is much worse in the UV range, and so I have
never been able to yet use the 5x like I can with white light
with the same instrument.
Now you can see
our stunning sunspot trio on the eastern limb. This is a very
Halpha view of
the sunspot trio on the eastern limb dominated by AR1386. Here
is where we stop using wavelets.
looking prom on the western limb.
Slinky type arch
prom on eastern limb!
Now AR1386 is starting
to steal the show. It has morphed into four beautiful sunspots,
each a large object in their own right.
Closer view of
Full disk in Hydrogen
alpha. A few proms, but the filament action on the disk is increasing
with the new post processing method. The bright areas are C class
AR1386 is now a
superb group for limb imaging. Here, the seeing was average,
but the faculae and small pores can be seen clearly.
A Full disk shot
in Halpha showing a big complex on the eastern limb of tree like
prominences. These are coming on as the sun rotates, and it will
be very interesting to see what they end up looking like as they
change. A large snake like filament is on the upper left. The
bright ring around the sun here is not the disk of the sun, but
the upper most chromosphere which is mostly spicules.
A closer look at
the proms. The new processing method really brings out the fine
details in the proms! I am looking forward to more Halpha imaging
now more than ever.
Thanks for looking.