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  1. Great results! Congrats! Very best,
  2. Heya, Woke up to total cloud cover again. So, good seeing was not an option. But, late this afternoon around 1pm, the sky cleared up. Seeing was poor, so I could not support a large image scale. I stacked reducers to lower my scale to be able to do anything in the poor seeing. But managed to get some data worth processing into images. There's an interesting filament and plage area on the limb rotating out of view. Mean while, there's also an interesting new plage area with some fair prominences rotating into the view. Included some small plages found mid way on the disc. B&W: Color: Equipment: C8 Edge HD + Aires 200mm Tri-band D-ERF + Baader 2" UV/IR Block filter Edge 0.7x Focal Reducer + Quark Chromosphere + PST Etalon + ASI174mm + 0.5x Focal Reducer ST80 masked to 40mm with same imaging train for full disc Very best,
  3. Hi Alan, Inverting the image seems to give things a more 3D looks, to most folk. Some detest the look as it's the opposite of natural. Sometimes B&W looks more 3D than the color. It's all an illusion and depends on how our brain processes the signal. Some are very sensitive to color. Some prefer only B&W presentation. Very best,
  4. Heya, There's a pretty big prom on the limb again, nice to have a large subject for a change. Not much else going on, the AR dissolved and there's no spots and only a wee filament or two to look at. But, there's always something to see in HA. B&W: Color: Earth Scale: Equipment: C8 Edge HD SCT + Aires 200mm Tri-Band D-ERF Quark Chromosphere ASI174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer PST Very best,
  5. Heya, Woke up to some clouds, but they went away... imagine that, around 9am or so there were some low stratus clouds, but then it cleared up by 0930 which was nice. Seeing was ok for a while, but deteriorated as it got closer to 11am, at which point, large scale became unusable. Following AR2734, the poles have elongated from each other since yesterday, but the visible umbra have diminished some. Another region near by is also churning with some interesting plages and fibrils. A couple of prominences are notable on the limb today compared to yesterday, a few larger but very feint ones. I managed to capture the largest one that was very feint lifting off as it broke into two pieces and the top of its large arch released it. Happened pretty quickly. Couldn't get anything usable in white light at large scale due to the poor seeing and the short wavelength I attempted (395nm). I realize I need to go longer on the wavelength to attempt anything right now at large scale, so I may have to get a loose 656nm filter for convection cells for now. My hopes were to add a 430nm G-band filter, but, with the seeing as it is like this, I don't think I'll be able to utilize it at large scale with my system under these seeing conditions and that's the only place G-band really shows off is under high resolution and large scale. So, maybe another day. Maybe it's time to add a Baader HA 35nm filter for my "white light." Anyhow, today's subject matter presented in B&W native, inverted and false color options. A few Earth scales provided for perspective. AR2734 Plage & Fibrils Lifting Prominence Full Discs Earth Scales Equipment C8 Edge HD SCT with Aires 200mm Tri-Band D-ERF ST80 (masked to 60mm) Refractor Baader UV/IR Block filter Quark Chromosphere ASi174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Binoviewing visually just to see FOV of the Quark at F42 then with the 0.5x focal reducer (you can note the minor vignetting). I pushed gamma down to make it easier to see and focus which required more gain. Otherwise, I can image at 0 gain which is nice. Very best,
  6. Heya, I haven't seen the sky for over a week with this dreadful weather lately here in Florida, literally just nothing. A cold front just blew in and over night it went from 80F+ and all rain and clouds, to dropping in the 30's F and 50~60's F during the day, along with it came a clear blue sky, no clouds at all, all day, and good transparency. The seeing was not as good, but, it was worth wrestling through it a bit. The seeing was decent from 9am to 10am, but it fell apart after that so I didn't get enough time to get good data on the one fairly bright prominence on the limb and could only do a single wavelength today as the seeing just didn't allow for anything else after 10am or so. Anyhow, we have a new sunspot! AR2734 received designation today and it went from a wee active region to showing a nice dipole with visible umbra and a little plage area between the poles and some tiny little filaments whirling around the field. It's so tiny still! On a full disc you could almost not see it without paying close attention. But, at larger scale, it comes to life nicely. C8 + Quark C8 + Quark + PST Etalon Full Disc Earth Scale Equipment C8 Edge HD SCT with Aires 200mm Tri-Band D-ERF & Baader UV/IR Block Filter (Edge 0.7x Focal Reducer utilized) ST80 masked to 60mm Refractor + Baader UV/IR Block Filter + 0.5x Focal Reducer Daystar Quark Chromosphere PST Etalon ASi174MM Very best,
  7. Heya, I got a small window this morning to try and see some features and test out some things and get some imaging time, but really didn't get much time. Lots of clouds rolled in, I barely could get anything with poor seeing with all the stormy cloudy mess moving through and then it was clouded over completely and some rain. Alas. I managed to get just enough time with a small window of ok seeing on the limb with the brightest group of spicules and a small prominence to inspect the limb. Earth Scale: Equipment: C8 Edge HD SCT + 0.7x Edge Focal Reducer -> 2" Baader UV/IR Block -> Quark Chromosphere -> PST Etalon -> 0.5x Focal Reducer -> ASI174MM Aires 200mm Tri-Band D-ERF Very best,
  8. Hey all, I managed to get some time in this morning and gathered some decent data. I played around with configurations and settled with something that I felt worked well enough to at least use for the day. I added some space between my 0.5x focal reducer (2") and the IMX174 sensor, this reduced the image scale and had minimal vignetting (I estimate I lost 10~15% of the FOV to vignetting and distortion perhaps). I'm not sure what the actual reduction is at this point. I know it's not 0.5x, but maybe it's more like 0.6x or 0.7x due to proximity? I can't be sure. So I'm not sure if I'm at F25 or F30 or what. I'm at F42 (+/- 1~2 due to imaging train) and then focal reducing by something like 0.6~0.7x or so. It's still a large imaging scale based on FOV from what I experienced today. Maybe even 0.8x? I'm just not sure. But I had enough transmission and good enough seeing to work with it. The filament and plage high res image is a mosaic of 3 images. B&W: Color: Equipment: C8 Edge HD SCT Aires 214mm Tri-Band D-ERF Baader UV/IR Block Filter Quark Chromosphere PST Etalon ST80 (masked to 60mm) Refractor ASI174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Very best,
  9. Heya, Woke up to a fairly clear sky with some scattered clouds and some mediocre seeing. The large filament persists and the plage area is bright still. No large prominences and no sunspots currently. First light with a new setup that I've been building. This one centers around a C8 Edge HD SCT telescope with a full aperture Aires tri-band D-ERF for high resolution feature imaging and a masked ST80 for full disc imaging with my Quark Chromosphere and ASI174MM camera with various combinations of focal reducers. Still trying to sort everything out, it's definitely different imaging with it, but managed to get a "first light" with the system to at least show it's functioning. B&W: Color: Earth Scale: Equipment: C8 Edge HD SCT equipped with Aires 8" Tri-band D-ERF Daystar Quark Chromosphere ST80 (masked to 60mm) ASI174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Very best,
  10. Heya, Lots of clouds & rain lately, weird weather for Florida. But Florida is always weird. I saw some patches between some clouds and the fog broke, I managed to get just a wee bit of data between big clouds and then it was just shut down due to no more sucker holes. I got maybe 20 minutes of sky time I think. But it was sufficient and seeing was good. Today's filament still persists, and the plage around it is bright. There are 4 large prominences on the limb in each quadrant, but I was only able to get some time on one of them before the clouds took over. B&W: Colored: Equipment: ST80 (masked to 60mm) Refractor (full disc) Celestron CR150HD (150mm F8) Refractor Daystar 150mm ERF + Baaduer UV/IR Block Filter Daystar Quark Chromosphere + PST Etalon ASI174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Very best,
  11. Hi Sean, Yessir, it moves rapidly. You will see it move significantly over just 30~60 minutes. 8 hours and it could totally be gone actually or completely different. I have several animations that span less than 60 minutes to show you how dynamic and quickly things change: Very best,
  12. Heya, Forecast was terrible, I missed that beautiful huge prom the other day due to weather. Today I had a chance to do a little imaging, but the big features are gone. There are some smaller prominences on the limb and a nicely forming filament and plage area near the limb. No other spots or major features. But the filament area is fleshing out rather rapidly, so maybe it will form something? B&W: Colored: Equipment & ScreenShots of Acquisition: Orion ST80 (masked to 60mm) (Full disc) Celestron CR150HD 150mm F8 Refractor Daystar 150mm ERF (yellow glass) Quark Chromosphere + PST Etalon Baader 2" UV/IR Block Filter ASi174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Very best,
  13. Heya, Between bad weather and flu getting around, we've been shut down a while here in Sunny Florida. Woke up to some decent skies, seeing was good enough, with some stratus clouds passing through and a little airline passing (annoying). But, there's a persistent plage area still rotating the disc and two fairly bright large prominences that are interesting. I imaged for a bit and also did some visual with binoviewers which was quite the treat with such large prominences to look at. B&W: Color: Equipment: Celestron 150mm F8 Refractor Daystar 150mm ERF + Baader 2" UV/IR Filter Daystar Quark Chromosphere PST Etalon ASi174MM + 0.5x Focal Reducer Very best,
  14. Thanks all, Sorry for the delay, yes I shoot monochrome 8 bit for the acquisition. I color later in post. The color scheme is the same each time, I colorize using a preset levels value (red set to 1.6, green set to 0.8, blue set to 0.2). Then manipulate mid-tones via levels and contrast via contrast adjustments to taste. Very best,
  15. Thanks all, Yes, I've been experimenting with using my Quark (first in the train) followed by a PST etalon (with the collimating lenses removed, so just the bare etalon). The challenge is tuning them both to the same frequency. The PST etalon narrows the skirt of the transmission profile that helps remove the double limb and other continuum leaking sources. So in effect it is a double stack. It's not perfect, but it is working and didn't require super expensive equipment. Very best,
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