June 19, 2017 on 1:03 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Transparency and seeing are not good today.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no C-class flares in the last few days.  Both AR2662 and 63 are the same size at 80 millionths, however the first one is a Hsx and the second a Dso on the McIntosh scale.  As soon as I finished my WL image the clouds took over the sky and despite waiting for an hour or more, the clear patches never made it to my observation site.  So today only WL.  In order to get a better look at the regions, I processed the regions with 3x drizzle in AS2 and one can see clearly the lightbridge in AR2662.

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June 17, 2017 on 11:04 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

A very early session today with clear skies and good seeing despite the low altitude.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  AR2662 is only 50 millionths today, while AR2663 has increased to 90 millionths.  Spot count stays at 8.  A very nice large filament has formed at the eastern half of the solar disk and the NE limb also displays a very nice prominence.  Images today again in all three wavelengths of the full solar disk as well as close ups of the regions.

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2017-06-17-1307_2-TR-540nm--AR2662.jpg 2017-06-17-1312_7-TR-Ha-AR2662.jpg 2017-06-17-1322_7-TR-CaK--AR2662.jpg

2017-06-17-1306_7-TR-540nm--AR2663.jpg 2017-06-17-1313_6-TR-Ha--AR2663.jpg 2017-06-17-1322_7-TR-CaK--AR2663.jpg

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June 15, 2017 on 4:27 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with good seeing.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  AR2662 is smaller today at 160 millionths and still one spot, however a new area has popped up near the meridian which is not named yet.  The large prominence from the last two days is now visible as a filament just off the left limb. The 2 filaments of the previous days are deteriorating and barely visible at this time.  Full disk images today and close ups of the regions.

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June 14, 2017 on 5:34 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Variable clouds with large enough holes for my observing and imaging session.  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days.  The  not named region that came around the Eastern limb yesterday is now named as AR2662.  Its Active Region Area covers 170 millionths, and the area contains 1 spot.  In addition, the two filaments are still visible, and the very nice and large prominence at the Eastern limb remains.  Today full disk images as well as close ups of the regions.

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June 13, 2017 on 1:10 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

A few small holes between the clouds, just enough to get an image. Could not worry about the seeing conditions. Solar Activity remains Very Low with no flares in the last two days resulting in Spotless Day 77. No active regions were reported, although for today a small region shows up at the Eastern limb, but is still unnamed. In addition to the two filaments which are pretty faint today, we see a very nice prominence at the Eastern Limb. Full disk images and close ups in Ha and CaK but none in WL. I have not had the time to process the Prom image and will post this at a later date.

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2017-06-13-1427_1-TR-Ha-NFilam.jpg 2017-06-13-1433_6-TR-CaK-NNArea.jpg

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June 11, 2017 on 9:21 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

I’ve been playing a little with the color scheme I use in my Ha close up images.  I kind of like this vs. the images in the blog below, but wonder if they are too dark.

June 10, 2017 on 8:08 am | In Sun | Comments Off

It’s been a while that we had clear skies with no clouds in sight.  .  Solar Activity is Very Low with no C-class flares in the last two days.  In addition, the Sun is spotless again and the spotless count since Solar Max is now at 74. Despite the lack of spots, the Sun displays a very nice filament in the Southern Hemisphere as well as some nice not named regions.  Today full disk images as well as some of the close ups.

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2017-06-10-1245_4-TR-540nm-NNRegion.jpg 2017-06-10-1253_8-TR-Ha-NNRegion.jpg 2017-06-10-1302_9-TR-CaK-Spotless74Crp.jpg


June 8, 2017 on 7:48 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Lots of clouds but enough room between them for my observing session.  Solar Activity is Low with three C-class flare in the last two days.  AR2661 has deteriorated a lot and only covers an Active Region Area of 40 millionths today while the Sunspot count is at 2.

2017-06-08-1406_1-TR-540nm-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-08-1414_0-TR-Ha-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-08-1421_0-TR-CaK-AR2661.jpg

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June 3, 2017 on 11:06 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear and stable skies this morning with good seeing conditions.  Solar Activity is Medium with 6 C-class flares in the last two days.  Active Region Area for AR2661 has increased from 60 to 200 millionths and it has gained one spot.  Very little prominence activity today.  Today’s images include again full disk images and close ups of the regions.

2017-06-03-1327_6-TR-540nm-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-03-1333_6-TR-Ha-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-03-1341_9-TR-CaK-AR2661.jpg

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June 2, 2017 on 10:55 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Cloudy skies this morning with a few sucker holes, just big enough to get a few images.  However the seeing was bad.  Since my last report we have had one more spotless day.  As AR2661 started to come around the Eastern limb, solar activity has picked up significantly.  In the last two days we have had 11 C-class flares, all in AR2661, accounting for Medium Solar Activity!  AR2661 covers an area of 60 millionths and contains 8 spots.  Today’s images contain close ups of the mentioned regions and full disk images as well as a few close ups of the not named region.

2017-06-02-1320_9-TR-540nm-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-02-1324_6-TR-Ha-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-02-1333_8-TR-CaK-AR2661.jpg

2017-06-02-1322_3-TR-540nm-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-02-1328_7-TR-Ha-AR2661.jpg 2017-06-02-1333_8-TR-CaK-AR2661Crp.jpg

2017-06-02-1325_7-TR-Ha-NNRegion.jpg 2017-06-02-1333_8-TR-CaK-NNRegion.jpg

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