Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Wednesday’s hazy Sun

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Todays Sun through thick haze - So I went for 100 frames and let Registax pick the best 67 of them.  Not much detail but at least you can count the spots.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Sun on Tuesday

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Todays Sun - a bit late at 17.30 but the clouds only just cleared in time to get this image.

Monday, 28 May 2012

The ol’ ball o’ plasma again

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From this afternoon – a nice string of spot groups all the way across the disc.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Resident Moth?


This fellow was on the observatory door this morning – not sure what he (she?) is.  About 4cm wingspan. I bet that camouflage works well when it settles on the right tree.

More Sun?

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Todays quartet – some interesting multiple spots on AR 1492.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

A warm Sunny Saturday!

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Bizibilder even managed a couple of sunspot close-ups with the webcam today!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Thursday, 24 May 2012


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Slightly better seeing today.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Murky old Sun!

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Almost embarrassingly bad images due to high haze today!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

The Sun was out at last!!

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Eleven days of complete cloud cover has finally broken!  The Sun today, ED120APO (stopped to 100mm), Canon 1100D ISO 100 1/3200sec. Baader Solar film (remembered it this time!!).

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Saturn yesterday evening

Just before it hid behind the neighbours trees:

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Today’s Sun (with the solar filter in place this time!!)

Only a few webcam shots of the major spotty bits:

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A bit of a disaster!

Bizibilder managed to fry his camera today whilst setting up to take today’s Sun photo’s.  All was normal until he pointed the scope at the Sun and realised he had forgotten to put the Solar filter on the scope – the sun only had around 10 seconds directed onto the camera (which was not even switched on!) but it was enough to melt the mirror frame and ruin the camera!!  Luckily his rule of NEVER looking directly at the Sun – only imaging with the camera – resulted in nothing more than embarrassment and a big dent in Bizibilder’s wallet for a new camera!


Saturday, 12 May 2012

Double Rainbow!

Doouble Rainbow

Spotted this out of the window yesterday during a really heavy shower – quite pretty!

Clear skies!! (Well….Almost!)

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Almost clear skies today so a reasonable amount of time to take these, rather than snapping away during gaps in the clouds.  The Big Spot is still clearly on show and Bizibilder managed a webcam close-up.

Friday, 11 May 2012

More of the BIG spot!

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The big spot continues to put on a show – hopefully, if the forecasts are correct, Bizibilder should get some more pictures on Saturday and Sunday.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Today’s Sun with the BIG spot!

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The BIG spot is beginning to show itself well as the Sun spins it into view.

Monday, 7 May 2012

A humongous new sunspot group!

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Bizibilder managed to find a few small breaks in the clouds over central Norfolk today thanks to Sat24 (weather website) - He just managed to fire off four or five frames in each break until he gave up with a total of 73 frames in the bag.  (Techie stuff:  62 of them were good enough to stack in Registax 5 and process in PS.  120mm ED APO stopped to 100mm, Baader Solar film, Canon 1100D ISO 100 1/3200 sec).
There is a very impressive new spot group that has just come into view - AR 1476 - should be worth watching if we get some clear skies!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wednesday’s Sun

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Unfortunately there was quite a bit of high cloud around so these are not as clear as Bizibilder would have liked!  At least he was able to get the webcam back into action for a spot close-up.