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A Solar Update:

Winter weather in northern California leaves little chance for solar viewing. However, today was a day of clear skies - a break between cold fronts.

I own a Coronado P.S.T. which is a very nice, and affordable, hydrogen-alpha solar telescope. I had on order, and received only recently, a complete set of Cemax eyepieces. These are specially made to increase the contrast of viewing through a solar telescope. I will attest to their abilities; using these eyepieces today I was able to see more detail versus standard eyepieces.

Using my Meade LPI and a Cemax 2x Barlow, I images a very impressive storm (actually two of them), seen below:

Storms on the Sun

This image does not do justice to what I saw in the eyepiece, but you get the idea. The storm on the right is from the sunspot group 930, which is being rotated away from view. The SpaceWeather website gives wonderful real-time data on solar activity.

Image capture was performed using K3CCDTools and is an extraction of a single frame which was sharpened using PhotoShop.

 

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