December 26, 2018 on 2:32 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with average seeing this morning. I still could make out the plage in the Eastern hemisphere in CaK, but in Ha it was a challenge.  No spots today. A few small proms which are shown in the full disk Ha image.  For the rest the Sun is quiet.

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December 25, 2018 on 2:34 pm | In Uncategorized | Comments Off

Merry Christmas to all!!! Sunny skies with better than average seeing.  Solar activity remains Very Low on another spotless day.  The plage in the eastern hemisphere remains nicely visible, but I forgot to image the close up in Ha.  Two proms were visible, one at the SE limb and another in the NW.  I also captured the eastern faculae in 430nm.

2018-12-25-1500_8-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-25-1517_8-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-25-1510_9-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-25-1505_9-TR-540nm-EFaculae.jpg 2018-12-25-1510_9-TR-CaK-EPlage.jpg

2018-12-25-1521_1-TR-Ha-SEProm.jpg 2018-12-25-1521_9-TR-Ha-NWProm.jpg

December 24, 2018 on 1:15 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear Skies and above average seeing today!  Solar Activity remains Very Low with no spots or flares to report. However a new region came around the Eastern limb, and so far I only can see the plages in Ha and CaK, and the faculae is visible in the close up 430nm filtered image.  In addition we still have a few filaments in the NW and SW, and the prom is still there at the SE limb.

2018-12-24-1441_3-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-24-1457_9-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-24-1449_5-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-24-1444_2-TR-540nm-EFaculae.jpg 2018-12-24-1501_7-TR-Ha-NewERegion.jpg 2018-12-24-1449_5-TR-CaK-Crp.jpg

2018-12-24-1506_0-TR-Ha-SEProm.jpg 2018-12-24-1502_7-TR-Ha-NWFilam.jpg 2018-12-24-1501_0-TR-Ha-SWFilam.jpg

December 23, 2018 on 3:20 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Had a one hour window for my observing session between the Sun being above my neighbor’s trees and the rolling in clouds.  Seeing was a average.  No spots visible for spotless day 355 since Solar Max.  (Based on NOAA’s daily SRS reports)  The SW filament as well as the SE prom were still visible in Ha.

2018-12-23-1503_4-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-23-1516_8-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-23-1511_3-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-23-1518_9-TR-Ha-SEProm.jpg 2018-12-23-1520_4-TR-HaSWFilam.jpg 2018-12-23-1521_0-TR-Ha-WNWArea.jpg

December 22, 2018 on 6:06 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Yesterday we started a new rotation and the clouds started to move out this morning.  Seeing conditions were average.  The plage I observed during my previous observations is approaching the Western limb, and can be seen in Ha and WL.  I also believe to see the  in the 430nm filtered close up. In addition we saw a small filament near the SW limb in Ha and a very faint prom is the SE, which was too faint to image. Other than that the Sun remains quiet.

2018-12-22-1513_7-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-22-1531_5-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-22-1527_8-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-22-1534_8-TR-Ha-NWPlage.jpg 2018-12-22-1521_1-TR-430nm-NWLimb.jpg 2018-12-22-1535_3-TR-Ha-SWFilam.jpg

December 18, 2018 on 11:21 am | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with average seeing.  Solar Activity remains Very Low on this spotless day.  I did not see any proms or filaments either. However the plage is still very nice visible in Ha and CaK.  Weather forecast for tomorrow is cloudy and rain again! :-(

2018-12-18-1448_7-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-18-1459_1-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-18-1453_7-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-18-1502_4-TR-Ha-Plage.jpg 2018-12-18-1453_7-TR-CaK-Crp.jpg

December 17, 2018 on 12:31 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Since my last observing session, we had two active regions, AR2730 and AR2731.  Both were short lived, but because of rain and cloudy skies, I was not able to observe them. Today we have spotless day 349 since Solar Max.  We still can see the plage left of AR2731 in Ha and WL.  In addition we see two proms at the ENE limb.

2018-12-17-1417_2-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-17-1433_2-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-17-1427_4-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-17-1436_4-TR-Ha-Plage.jpg 2018-12-17-1437_8-TR-Ha-ENEProm.jpg

December 11, 2018 on 3:03 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Finally clear skies, but the seeing conditions were marginal.  A small area about 8 degrees N in the NE quadrant, which according to SDO imagery started forming yesterday afternoon, is still there but was not named by SWPC, so they called for a spotless day.  The area seems to decay.  The very bad seeing during the time of my capture of the WL version of this area made for a bad image, whereas the Ha and CaK images were better.  In addition we could observe two faint proms on the SE and SW limbs as well as a filament in the higher regions near  the NW limb.

2018-12-11-1452_0-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-11-1508_2-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-11-1502_4-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-11-1511_9-TR-Ha-NEArea.jpg 2018-12-11-1457_6-TR-540nmNEArea.jpg 2018-12-11-1512_7-TR-Ha-NWFilam.jpg

December 6, 2018 on 5:55 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

High Cirrus clouds and contrails today.  AR2729 is growing, and covers 30 millionths and 6 spots, but has not produced any flares so far.  Just North of it at a latitude of 10 degrees North, I saw a very small area in CaK and Ha, which showed Cycle 25 polarization in the SDO magnetograms.  However at this low latitude it is questionable if it might become a Cycle 25 area. Images today in all three wavelengths as well as close ups of AR2729 in Ha and WL.

2018-12-06-1503_2-TR-540nm-AR2729.jpg 2018-12-06-1523_3-TR-Ha-AR2729.jpg 2018-12-06-1515_9-TR-CaK-AR2729.jpg

2018-12-06-1509_9-TR-540nm-AR2729.jpg 2018-12-06-1528_0-TR-Ha-AR2729.jpg

December 5, 2018 on 3:47 pm | In Sun | Comments Off

Clear skies with good seeing conditions.  The plage from yesterday has developed in a new active region which was named AR2729.  This will bring the 9 day spotless day streak again to a halt.  In addition to the new area, we did observe a small filament near the NE limb.  Today’s images again include, among others, a continuum close up, this time from the new area.

2018-12-05-1429_2-TR-540nm.jpg 2018-12-05-1443_1-TR-Ha.jpg 2018-12-05-1435_6-TR-CaK.jpg

2018-12-05-1446_6-TR-Ha-NEFilam.jpg 2018-12-05-1431_5-TR-540nm-NewSpot.jpg 2018-12-05-1445_9-TR-Ha-NewAR.jpg

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