Large Sunspot (2529) faces Earthward

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For the last few days sun spot group 2529 has marched across the sun’s surface and is looking right at us here on earth. Seeing how there has not been a major group like this in a while I was able to get outside and photograph, I took the opportunity for 2 days to try to get images.

the sun's surface showing almost no spots. Image courtesy of NASA Solar Dynamic's Observatory
the sun’s surface showing almost no spots. Image courtesy of NASA Solar Dynamic’s Observatory

So far the spot has only produced minor C class flares all directed away from earth. The following probabilities for flares are as follows : C: 60%, M: 10%, X: 1%. The guess I have is that it would pop off at least a C class due to the magnetogram looking like this :

Magnetogram of the Sun image rights NASA SDO
Magnetogram of the Sun image rights NASA SDO

and a close up :

Magnetogram of region 2529 image courtesy of NASA SDO
Magnetogram of region 2529 image courtesy of NASA SDO

That being said with he gear I have you can get decent images. I really enjoy looking at the sun. . .weird I know but you can see it waver and boil. It really changes the way you look at things from then on out. . . any way

To get my pics I used my Celestron Neximager5 and my Celestron 6se an for my solar filter I used a glass Solar filter made by Seymour Solar.  For software I used Icap which came with my camera and I stacked in Registax. For the settings I tried a few settings, I used the RGB settings and that gives me a almost white disk. I personally prefer the natural look of the BY settings when capturing the sun with this filter as it gives it the familiar orange/yellow color. This is by no means a definitive guide. I just use what works for myself as this is  not a solar telescope by Lunt or Coronado.

I was able to get my first almost complete disk using a few focal reducers. First the Celestron corrector/reducer it brings you down to an F/6.3 and following it up with my Orion 0.5x Focal Reducer for StarShoot G3 Imaging Cameras on the camera I was able to take the following:

The Sun as near as a whole disk as I could get
The Sun as near as a whole disk as I could get

I don’t think this was too bad considering with out both focal reducers I was able to take a picture of the sun in 9 mosaic shots. . . .which gets old.

Now I will go closer and closer to the spot group I think I did ok for getting some granulation. My seeing conditions were clear but hazy with low wind and med humidity.

Enjoy!

My orientation was slightly off
My orientation was slightly off

I should have rotated my camera to reflect the north is about the 10 o’clock region of the sun there. I will make sure in the future.

and even closer:

I zoomed in using my barlow
I zoomed in using my barlow

I used a X2 Barlow lens to help zoom in. I learned to zoom using lenses instead of the camera zoom. zooming using the camera zoom only blows up the pixels making images look blurry and exaggerating the pixels.

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