Sun in CaK / White Light With Explore Scientific AR152 Refractor + Lunt CaK filter or Baader Wedge Uploaded 9/4/16 Daily Report For Sunday, Sept 4, 2016
 A new large sunspot group during a very low point in the Suns activity is always welcome.
Images below are 1024 wide and non clickable


Lets start with todays nearly full disk, with prime focus, the Baader Wedge, and Continuum filter. Nice big sunspot group for a change!


Close up with the 5x powermate, seeing was not great at 2/5:

An attempt at a calcium wider angle, without using the 1.5x barlow I usually use for best contrast, you can still see plenty of faculae details:

With the 1.5x inserted, we gain a large amount of detail and contrast. This active region is getting very interesting now!

The other interesting region on the disk is not a spot group, but an area of increased faculae.

Very challenging with my Lunt B600 to get prom shots. Always fighting severe ghosting and double images. I did however find that one side of the field had no ghosts and so rotated the camera and filter to put the proms in that area. This is the result at prime focus.

Instruments: Explore Scientific AR152 Platform: Astrophysics 1200 Camera: DMK 51 (1600 x 1200) Location: Payson, Arizona Elevation: 5150 ft. Sky: Seeing 1.5/5, Transparency 7/10 Outside Temperature: 75F Processing: Autostakkert 2, Registax 6, Photoshop CS2 Solar Home Page HOME SCHMIDT GALAXIES EMISSION NEBS REFLECTION NEBS COMETS GLOBULARS OPEN CLUST PLANETARIES LINKS