Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 17, 2017

The sky this morning is partly cloudy and seeing condition is initially fair. AR2626 and 2625 Sunspot Groups are very quiet while there is a large faint eruptive prominence in the NE limb. Seeing condition worsens after I was imaging the faint prominence. I use a very portable setup this session only with Kenko 60mm f/9 refractor on Nexstar mount. A bit shaky when focusing but I was able to get some decent image of the 2 groups I guess despite the handicap.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 14, 2017

The sky this morning is partly clear and seeing condition is fair. There are 2 active sunspot regions now visible in the eastern limb namely AR2626 and 2625 Sunspot Group. Although small in size, it is still better than nothing for the past 2 weeks if I remember it right. There are also 3 large prominences on the solar limb which makes the session a bit fun :) I use once again my trusty TV-101 refractor once again to see if I can get some decent images out of it while fighting seeing conditions which has been very bad last 2 weeks. Anyway, I have to alter a little bit my solar processing technique from my previous technique with the Coronado PST-Ha before and looks like I'm starting to learn bit by bit on how tame this beast.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 13, 2017

The sky this morning is very hazy and party cloudy. I had a hard time getting contrast on both prominence and surface details due to passing clouds. Nevertheless, I was able to capture the NE large hedgerow prominence as well as small AR2625 Sunspot Group coming out of the eastern limb. I'm planning to revert back to my TV-101 refractor imaging tomorrow as I feel I'm starting to get a hang of the Quark a bit. Hopefully I can get some good data tomorrow with it.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 9, 2017

The sky this morning is clear but seeing condition is again not that good. I try to fight seeing turbulence by using a smaller Kenko 60mm f.9 refractor to see if I can get away with miserable seeing past few days. I also use setting 8 again . Looks a little improve I think as limb turbulence lessens a bit. I try to image a large eruptive prominence in the NW limb with the setup. I also try using my Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 100mm to see if I can get a full disk of the Sun but unfortunately, I can get a way with maybe 90% of the disk only but I'm satisfied. I only tested on the solar surface and maybe next time try to get a composite.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 8, 2017

The sky this morning is very hazy again. Almost all images are trash :( I was still in testing mode and I was in setting 5 when haze thin a bit for me to capture through passing thin clouds as well :( Image is still soft as expected but I can see that tuning to clockwise indeed is correct but as I was going to take another shot at 8 setting, clouded out again. I will also try to test using the 60mm refractor again tomorrow to see if turbulence will lessen a bit with some sacrifice on resolution till my 0.5x reducer arrives.

Solar Imaging Session - January 7, 2017

The sky this morning is clear but seeing condition is poor. One of the large eruptive prominence is still visible in the NW limb. Still no sunspots on the disk right now. As for tuning settings, I set it to 8 from left to right based from onoine reports but it seems i got softer prominence as well as lost surface contrast.... It seems my previous 3 settings is better... I dont know but if sky is ok tomorrow, I will have a good time to test more settings to see which is ok.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - January 6, 2017

The sky this morning is clear and seeing condition is good . I was able to use the Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Filter again with my trusty TV-101 refractor. I was able to see 2 huge eruptive prominences in the western limb. I'm still currently trying to tame the Daystar Quark Chromosphere tuning system but I can see there is now slight improvements over the past few day's sessions. Hopefully will be able to get better results next time around.