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First time imaging the Sun


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I took about 80 pictures of the eclipse from Colorado, which didn't see complete totality, but it was close.  What a sight to see and finally be able to image.  This was my first time imaging the sun.  I chose an image that showcased the sunspots a bit.  I used my Canon T3i on my Williams Optics GT81 and Mach1 GTO mount.  This single image was taken in Raw format and processed lightly in photoshop.  I was super impressed to get the shots I did with the DSLR.  I used a Thousand Oaks Solar white light filter.  Wasn't able to see any prominences but that's ok, ill take it for my first try.  I also took all 80 of my images and made a short timelapse video.

100 ISO - 1/1250 shutter @ F5.9 

 

Sun with Spots - PS.png

Eclipse with Audio2.wmv

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21 minutes ago, xtreemchaos said:

great shot mate, well done cracking firstlights. thanks, charl. 

Thank you.  If i knew how to post the video to just play i would so i just left the link there. 

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Thank you!  I used windows movie maker and it kind of did the work for me.  I see others are having it show up and play without having to click the link but im not sure how to do that yet.  But its very small so doesn't take much download time.  

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18 minutes ago, David Smith said:

Great shot! Prominences are another game altogether and require specialist filtration / scope to see / image.

 

Thank you!  Yea i figured it would take an actual HA Solar scope to get those details.

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3 minutes ago, Pete Presland said:

Congratulations on your 1st image, a fine way to start. 

Thank you!  I never thought the sun was very cool to image since i used to shoot in JPEG when i first tried.  Now that i use raw and get a lot more detail when i actually shoot with my DSLR, i will definitely shoot it more often.   

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4 minutes ago, Rudeviewer said:

Thank you!  I never thought the sun was very cool to image since i used to shoot in JPEG when i first tried.  Now that i use raw and get a lot more detail when i actually shoot with my DSLR, i will definitely shoot it more often.   

It's an incredibly dynamic object to image. You can never tell how a flare or active region is going to behave. Some smoldering away for days without really changing much, others explode into life with awesome  power and can be over in less than an hour!

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