I finally had the weather and the time to take my scopes out.Good thing too cuz they were getting cabin fever I think?! :
Having not had the scope out since November 8th ,spring suddenly came and went with temps in the 70s and 80sF for the most part.Winds were a bit breezy out of the south at 10-15 knots with slightly higher gusts.The skies were clear with the exception of some high thin clouds that made observing the sun in H-alpha a little more forgiving.I have had probs in the past with the Coronado PST as the focus is limited and the program I use doesn’t have very good imaging settings.
So….my question is; is the solar minimum really over and is the sun on the upward climb towards solar maximum?
Below are a couple images that I took yesterday with a Meade LPI and Coronado PST.I am still inside the learning curve with the PST and cant help but think I had some blind luck getting decent images.It also helps that the skies were murky cuz I think i would have been dealing with over exposures and bad focusing.I have been doing my homework about imaging with the PST and am not the only one having these probs.I think it is a matter of finding what works best and refining it?!.
One of many pix I took this weekend was of a massive Prominence that has been putting on a good show.I’m not sure but,I am assuming that this could be associated with a couple CME’s or Coronal Mass Ejections late last month?!.
I am going out on a limb and saying were are going to start seeing much more solar activity?!. I have been watching SOHO
website for sunspot activity and their has been a marked increase in sunspots.It has been a while since I have seen one of these spots and was pleased to be finally get some images.Below is a image of the sun with spots numbers #1057 and #1059.At one point,sunspot 1059 was large enough to fit 5 earths inside with room to spare!!.