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Please use this thread to showcase your best images captured during 2015. Just one post per member but you can include up to 5 images if you want.

The thread is for all imagers novices and advanced. 

Please keep details to a minimum - scope and camera possibly along with a few comments.

The thread needs to be packed with images so please don't respond to the postings 

Showcases from previous years

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Been a somewhat 'thinner' year for me compared to 2014's quest , completely by choice I might add  ... the fact that the "whitelight scene" has been much quieter in 2015 is purely  coincidental  ...   ...  :p

Was tempted out by any big spots though , so here are a few of the more interesting days ... 

Perihelion/Aphelion .


15th April .


22nd June .


19th September .


28th September .


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2015 has been dominated by Ca-K for me. The B1200 module only arrived at the back end of July but still managed to get some good sessions in before the onset of the monsoon season.

21716411562_de967a94db_o.png20150926_CaK_6PaneFD by David Smith, on Flickr

21645838090_df1ea43ac2_o.png20150930_CaK_LargeProm_invert by David Smith, on Flickr

21737282401_8bb2a43582_o.png20150926_CaK_AR12422_2x by David Smith, on Flickr

20784517036_e1bc79ddfb_o.png20150822_AR12403_3lights by David Smith, on Flickr

20403715361_4222e08c6e_o.png20150808 by David Smith, on Flickr

16942618567_b45395e110_o.png20150414_WL_Barlow by David Smith, on Flickr

So many images to choose from......

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This is a very difficult choice, as 2015 has been my best year in solar imaging to date, as exemplified by the comparison I made between the three H-alpha set-ups I have had:


Left to right: LS35THa, SM-II 60mm and APM 80mm F/6 plus Solar Spectrum filter.

Another obvious candidate must be the BIG animation I managed: 15 days of 30-odd pane mosaics


Note: This is scaled down to keep the page loading fast; the big one is here (warning: 135MB)

The million kilometre filament has to be in there:


2015 also so the addition of a Ca-K module to the kit. My best result is from December 28:


Finally, one favourite must be this surge I captured:


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Wow, it's been a grim year looking back but it's good to be posting some images again.

Not a great deal of output compared to previous years but still a tough choice.

All the Ha stuff taken with a PST stage 1 mod with either a ASI120mm or DMK41.

The white light taken with a skywatcher 150PL and ASI120mm.

I think I finally started to come to terms with mosaics, one of my better ones.


This one shows the evolution of a prom, from memory it was 45 minutes or so. It lifted off completely after I stopped imaging. lol

If I can find the data I may reprocess this one eventually.








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