Sunday, February 7, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - February 8, 2016

Kung Hei Huat Chay! Happy Chinese New Year! The sky this morning is partly cloudy but I was able to snap 2 shots of the Sun showing AR2494, 2495 as well as AR2497 Sunspot Groups plus some groups of eruptive prominences and dark filaments before I got clouded out again. Sigh :( Anyway, better than nothing :)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - February 3, 2016

The sky this morning is cloudy and very hazy. Since I want to to check if my GPDX mount's motors are working ok after a service and maintenance checkup at Vixen so I opted to wait patiently for light clouds to open up a bit for me to image a huge SE eruptive prominence that was already visible yesterday. But it ejected some materials out of the limb which I was able to capture this morning. After imaging it, I got totally clouded out :(

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - February 2, 2016

The sky this morning is clear but I have a lot of work errands to do so I just made 2 quickie snaps of the Sun which shows a huge NW eruptive prominence beside AR2489 Sunspot Group as well as a large beautiful SE hedgerow prominence.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - January 31, 2016 (Super Huge Faint Eruptive Prominence !!!)

The sky this morning is cloudy but as I saw some clouds openings, I got to see a huge faint SE eruptive prominence that is ejecting out of the solar limb. This is the same huge eruptive prominence that I was monitoring since yesterday but was totally clouded out. But I wasn't expecting the huge prominence to still be visible today. I had to wait for more than 1 hour praying for a small clear window for me to image it. Boy! It was worth the wait as I was able to image this super huge prominence still ejecting out of the solar limb! Initially I think it was some grain or stacking artifacts that was showing on the NE edge of this prominence. But further processing convinced me it was not noise artifacts but rather segments of this huge prominence. I think this is the biggest prominence that I had ever image in my life! Although faint, I'm still very grateful to be able to image it. Aside from this super huge prominence, AR2489 Sunspot Group is also very impressive as well as its adjacent huge dark filament.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Solar Imaging Session - January 28, 2016

Just came back from my work trip and got to get a glimpse of the Sun in Ha wavelength. It's been more than 2 weeks since my last solar observation so a bit excited again. I also got to replace the cover glass window of my ASI120MM webcam as I accidentally scratch it while cleaning the dusts off :( Anyway, with the glass cover replaced., I tested again this morning and it's now back to new condition again. I got to view 2 huge prominences on the NE and SE limb as well as view 2 active sunspot groups designated AR2488, 2489 and 2490 Sunspot Groups.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Reprocessed January 17, 2016 Comet C/2013 US 10 Catalina Image

I reprocessed my January 17, 2016 Comet C/2013 US 10 Catalina Image with a different image processing technique and I can say it is a little better than my previous post.
The sky at Tanay last night was hazy thus I was only able to image Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina under that condition. Nevertheless, the hooked shaped anti-tail can still be seen as well as faint gas tail. I use a Canon EOS 1000D (M) DSLR with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/5.6. Total exposure of 22 minutes at ISO 1600.

Comet Imaging Session - January 17, 2016

The sky at Tanay last night was hazy thus I was only able to image Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina under that condition. Nevertheless, the hooked shaped anti-tail can still be seen as well as faint gas tail. I use a Canon EOS 1000D (M) DSLR with Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/5.6. Total exposure of 22 minutes at ISO 1600.