Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Great Spottiness continues!!

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Today’s Sun – through thin clouds!  There are a few new tiny Spots appearing on the disc.  I did not have enough gaps in the clouds to take any close-ups.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Finally finished my ship model!!

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Well, actually, I finished a few days ago but have only just got around to taking a few photo’s.  I think the total build time was spread over about ten years!!  She is the “Royal Caroline” launched in 1749 – the royal yacht of her day – hence all the gold and carvings.

The Sun–through the tiniest gap in the clouds!

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No close-ups today as this was taken through a tiny gap in the clouds - just long enough to align everything and snap around 36 frames with the DSLR!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

The Sun today–28 August 2011

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Bizibilder found some bigger gaps in the clouds today!

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Sun through a tiny cloud gap!! 27 August 2011

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Today's Sun through the tiniest gap in the clouds!! Usual set-up. I just managed to run off around 35 single frames in a cloud gap - no close-ups unless the weather improves later.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Thursday’s Sun–25 August 2011

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Todays Sun with the usual set-up. AR 1271 seems to be continuing to develop, AR 1272 has degenerated into faculae, AR's 1274,5 & 6 are tiny. There are two new spots that have appeared around the limb, the latest of which seems to have a double umbra (the darker bit in the middle). (All AR numbers now updated!)

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Today’s Sunny spots!

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This really was cloud dodging!! I had to wait until around 16.30 for a gap in the clouds to appear. Anyway todays Sun.

Monday, 22 August 2011

More Sunzzzzzzz………… 22 August 2011

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Today’s Sun with quite a bit of detail captured for once – Bizibilder was able to take some longish “movies” to process and the “seeing” was not quite as bad as it has been recently.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

The Sun today!! Again!! More tomorrow!! I hope!!

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Todays Sun with the usual set-up. The seeing was not so good with the image boiling about. Again I had to wait for gaps in the clouds.
Clever Bizibilder (or is that lazy!) has written his first Photoshop “Action” today - to sharpen and colour the Solar full disc photos - I got bored with repeating the same "standard" things over and over and taking a couple of minutes to do it, now the action does the whole lot in less than a second, hopefully with more consistent results!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

The Sun 20 August 2011

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Todays Sun taken through high wispy clouds so the quality is poor! Usual Evostar 120/1000D/SPC900 setup.  AR1271 is putting on a good display!

Friday, 19 August 2011

The Sun 19 August 2011

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Finally some clear skies so that Bizibilder could photograph the Sun again.  The Active Area seen coming into view the other day is now officially AR1271 and another new area has appeared named AR1272.  He was also able (just about between the fluffy clouds!) to get some close-up videos of the two main spot groups.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

A New Door


Bizibilder has spent the last few days making and installing a new door and doorframe for his observatory.  The original metal shed doors were never satisfactory.  They were ill-fitting and insecure and, most importantly for a astronomer, quite noisy to operate (although no one ever complained!).  They also took up the whole end wall space as they slid open.  Hopefully the new one will cure all those ills.  The job is not quite finished – there are a still few bits and bobs for Bizibilder to do.

Monday, 15 August 2011

The Sun 15 August 2011

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This close-up image of a sunspot so close to the Solar limb was mentioned on “Stargazers lounge” forum’s picture of the week as being of some merit!!

Todays Sun with an interesting large sunspot appearing round the limb! Usual Evostar/Canon 1000D/SPC900 set-up. The detail sunspot shot is poor due to the seeing - at least you can see the fact that the spot is a depression in the surface. Let's just hope we have a few sunny days to follow this one across the disc.

Bizibilder has been spending the last few days updating his observatory – a few pictures to follow shortly.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

All the interesting stuff has gone!!

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The Sun today through some tiny gaps in the cloud – sorry no sunspot close-ups as there was not more than a few seconds worth of gap and Bizibilder needs around a minute or so of clear sky to get a worthwhile video to process.  All the interesting stuff from the last couple of weeks is hidden from view due to the Sun’s rotation.  AR 1266 has faded into almost complete non-existence (compare it to Tuesday’s photo) but some bright faculae remain.  There are two newly forming Active Regions that Bizibilder has assigned “A” and “B” as there are no official designations yet.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Sun Tuesday 9 August 2011

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Today's Sun with the usual Evostar 120/1000D/SPC900 set-up.  Just for fun I've added a little Earth to the annotated picture for size comparison.

Monday, 8 August 2011

The Sun 8 August 2011

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Today's Sun with the usual set-up. There was quite a bit of cloudless sky around 08.30-09.00 this morning although the atmosphere itself was a bit “wobbly” which made imaging difficult.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Sun 7 August 2011

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The Sun was hiding behind quite a few fast moving clouds this morning!  Bizibilder had to be quick to get these photo’s.