Friday, December 9, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - December 9 , 2016

The sky this morning is very cloudy and hazy, as I was checking out the solar limb for any large prominence, I saw one in the NW limb but it was very hard to image as thick clouds keeps on passing in front of the Sun! I waited for more than 1 hour deciding to pack up the session then suddenly a very small cloud opening let me image the huge hedgerow prominence through thin haze before covering it up once again. Oh well, at least I got to image it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - November 30, 2016

The sky this morning is partly cloudy and seeing condition is poor. AR2612 Sunspot Group continues to grow a bit as well as AR2614 and 2615 Sunspot Groups. Not much large prominence on the solar limb. There is also a nice large twisting dark filament ejecting out of AR2612 Sunspot Group.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - November 29, 2016

The sky this morning is clear and seeing condition is good. AR2612 Sunspot Group is average in size but shows nice penumbral structures while AR2614 Sunspot Group is starting to grow in size as well. A new AR2615 Sunspot Group is also emerging from the SE limb. There is also a large eruptive prominence in the NE limb as well as numerous large dark filaments on the solar disk.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - November 22, 2016

The sky this morning is clear and seeing condition is fair. Not much activity on the Sun right now except for a moderate sized eruptive prominence visible in the NE limb. Sun activity in white light is even more quiet with only a few pores visible.

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 - Lunar Imaging Session - SuperMoon (Perigee Full Moon)

The sky this evening is partly cloudy but I was able to image the SuperMoon which is actually the Perigee Full Moon , using Canon 500D DSLR with Canon EF 100-400mm f.4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 at 1/750sec exposure at ISO 400. Today's SuperMoon is the largest Moon size since 1948 with a close approach of only 356,509km! The next biggest SuperMoon will not be seen till November 25, 2034 with a close approach of 356,448kms.
I also compare this SuperMoon to an image of another Full Moon taken at apogee meaning the farthest distance to Earth. It is obvious there is some differences in size which is more or less about 14% larger in size for this November 14, 2016 Perigee Full Moon.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Lunar Imaging Session - November 13, 2016 (Pre SuperMoon)

I got to image the Waxing Gibbous Moon this evening with my Canon EOS 500D DSLR with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 with 1/750 sec exposure at ISO 400 on sturdy tripod. Tomorrow will witness the largest SuperMoon since 1948! The peak of the SuperMoon tomorrow will be at 9:53pm PST with a close approach of 356,509km and the next biggest SuperMoon will not be seen till November 25, 2034 with a close approach of 356,448kms only. The Full Moon tomorrow is also called the Beaver Moon or Perigee Moon.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - November 6, 2016

The sky this morning is partly cloudy and seeing condition is poor. There is not much activity on the Sun right now except for a moderate to large sized eruptive prominence visible on the NW limb.