Thursday, September 7, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - September 7, 2017

The sky this afternoon is clear but seeing condition is fair. In Ha wavelength, AR2674 and 2673 Sunspot Groups are nearing the western limb and still producing some active flaring activities on its cores. In white light, AR2674 and 2673 are still a joy to look at and image. Hopefully , I can still get another chance to image them both again tomorrow before they exit the western limb.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - September 3, 2017

The sky this afternoon is clear and seeing condition is very good. AR2674 Sunspot Group is impressive both in white light and in Ha wavelength. There is also a nice huge eruptive prominence in the NW limb.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - August 10, 2017

It's been more than almost 2 months since my last solar imaging session as the weather is very bad and add to this are busy working days and compound it further with slightly high blood pressure that prevented me from taking the bigger risk to be bathe on a hot afternoon :( But since the sky was clear this afternoon, I can't help myself but to try to observe the Sun even for a short session just to be able to capture AR2670 Sunspot Group before it exits the Sun's western limb in a few days. AR2670 Sunspot Group is moderate in size and still shows some some solar activity inside its core. I also was able to see a huge slightly faint eruptive prominence in the SE limb before I called it a day as I'm getting a bit irritated and drained from the heat this afternoon.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7-8, 2017 Partial Lunar Eclipse

After a short rainfall in the early evening, the sky cleared up for all to observe the Partial Lunar Eclipse from start to end. The Moon enters the penumbral shadow at 11:50pm Philippine Standard Time (PST)just before midnight and it enters into the umbral shadow at 1:3am PST. Maximum eclipse of 25% occurred at 2:21 am PST. It then later exit the umbral shadow at 3:18am PST. The Moon finally exits the penumbral shadow at 4:50 am PST. I use my trusty Canon EOS 500D DSLR on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 mounted on Celestron Nexstar mount.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - June 25, 2017

The sky this afternoon is clear and seeing condition is good. This is the first time that I will be doing solar imaging as well as any astro imaging at the roof deck of our condominium. Since the roof deck is a bit high at 23rd floor, I was expecting to have les heat turbulence from the neighborhood roofs and true enough, the seeing is much better than what I had in my previous old place where I can only do solar imaging at the window of our house. Since I haven't totally sort out all my astro stuffs, I only use a modest solar imaging setup with my Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens and a Daystar Quark Chromosphere Ha Filter mounted on a Nexstar goto altazimuth mount. Although the seeing looks better, now I had to fight strong wind which shakes the flimsy mount. I guess after I sort everything out and can use my beefier GP-DX mount, I think I can also use the larger TV-101 refractor once again hopefully in the weeks to come. I also enjoy the company of my son this session and we got the bonding time to observe and image AR2664 Sunspot Group as well as the huge hedgerow prominence visible in the western limb.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - June 4, 2017

The sky this morning is clear after a short rainfall while seeing condition is fair. AR2661 Sunspot Group is growing in size while fading AR2660 Sunspot Group is still visible in Ha wavelength. There is also a faint large eruptive prominence in the eastern limb.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Lunar Imaging Session - June 3, 2017

The sky this evening is clear so I want to image the Moon with my portable setup. Unfortunately, after I image the full disk, clouds covered the sky for me do any further close up shot of the crater region near the terminator. :( Image taken using ZWO ASI120MM webcam on Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/5.6 .

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - June 2, 2017

The sky this afternoon is partly cloudy and seeing condition is very poor. There is a large eruptive prominence in the SW limb anda new AR2661 Sunspot Group in the eastern limb. Image quality is poor due to very bad seeing :( Anyway, as they say , better than nothing at all.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 28, 2017

The sky this morning is clear and seeing condition is good. Unfortunately, the Sun is rising a bit to the extreme NE of my observing window and I got less than 10 mins of observing and imaging time left to shoot :( I estimate that my morning solar imaging session will come to end in a day or two as I will be totally obstructed from my observing window till maybe another 3 months except maybe on weekends where I will be imaging on the roof deck of our condominium area. Anyway, with that small imaging time left this morning, I was able to image AR2659 Sunspot Group nearing the NW limb as well as a long dark filament visible in the SE quadrant. There is some plage activity near the NE quadrant but I got obstructed already before I could take any shot. Nevertheless, I should still be happy to image at least 2 shots than nothing at all.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 24, 2017

The sky this morning is cloudy and seeing condition is poor. There are 2 huge eruptive prominences visible in the eastern and NW limb. Unfortunately, I was only able to image the NW limb prominence as I got obstructed by the roof when imaging the eastern limb. I was also able to image AR2658 and 2659 Sunspot Group.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 16, 2017

The sky this morning is hazy and seeing condition is again poor. Very hard to image as too many clouds. I just got to shoot through small openings on the cloud today :( The plage still doesn't develop into an active region but showing some flaring activity inside its core. There is also a huge eruptive prominence in the SE limb.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 15, 2017

The sky this morning is hazy and seeing condition is poor. I miss the Sun so I force myself to monitor the Sun this morning despite expecting a low solar activity. There is still no sunspot group visible till now and the plage I saw a few days ago which I thought will become an active region didn't materialize :( There are 2 moderate to large size eruptive prominences visible in the NE and SW limb. The rest are small prominences scattered around the solar limb.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lunar Imaging Session - May 13, 2017

The sky this evening is cloudy and I had a hard time imaging between the holes in the clouds to image the Mare Crisium, Janssen and Tycho Crater Region through poor seeing condition before getting clouded out.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Lunar Imaging Session - May 11, 2017

The sky this evening is very cloudy but I was only able to get a shot off on the Waning Gibbous Moon before I got clouded out as well as roof obstruction :( Image taken using ZWO ASI120MM webcam on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 350mm f/5.6 .

May 9, 2017 Double Loop Prominences Got Featured Also At SolarActivity Image Of The Day!

My May 9, 2017 Double Loop Prominences got featured also at SolarActivity Image Of The Day on May 11th! It was also featured earlier at Spaceweather.com last May 9th too! Yehey!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Lunar Imaging Session - May 10, 2017

The sky this evening is clear and I had another chance to image the beautiful Full Moon using ZWO ASI120MM webcam on Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/5.6 .

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017 Double Loop Prominences Got Featured At Spaceweather.com

My May 9, 2017 double loop prominences got featured at Spaceweather.com!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 9, 2017

The sky this morning is slightly hazy but seeing condition is very good. There are 2 huge eruptive and looped prominence visible in the NE limb! Aside from this, the Sun activity is all but quiet specially remnant of AR2655 Sunspot Group.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 7, 2017

The sky this morning is clear and seeing condition is good. Not much solar activity on the Sun right now even in Ha wavelength. Prominences are small. AR2654 and 2655 Sunspot Group are starting to quiet down a bit but still shows some solar activity inside its core. Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Solar Imaging Session - May 5, 2017

The sky this morning is hazy and seeing condition is poor. AR2654 Sunspot Group mellowed down a bit in activity as it get close to the NW limb. New AR2655 Sunspot Group, on the other hand, is small but very active and probably will get even more active in the days to come. There are also 2 nice eruptive prominences int he NW limb.