AR 2738 – April 15 and 16, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on April 16, 2019 by maxpho

A lovely large sunspot is evolving on the Sun these days, with currently B-class flares and a possible breakup. The views below show the spot in white light and H-alpha. Note the chromosphere in the animation as it stands above the photosphere.

Bresser 150mm achromat refractor, Quark Chromosphere for H-alpha, Lacerta Herschel prism for white light. ASI 174MM. Poor seeing as the Sun was about 35-40 degrees above horizon.

April 15:

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White light:

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April 16:

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Comparison of April 15 and 16 H-alpha views:

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Extreme Macrophotography – 2019 – Part II (April-June)

Posted in EXTREME macro on April 4, 2019 by maxpho

The second quarter has begun. New extreme macro shots will be posted here periodically. Many subjects await their turn 😉

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Macro – March/April 2019

Posted in Comana, Plimbari, Specii rare on March 25, 2019 by maxpho

This post will be updated with macro shots from March and April 2019.

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Moth watching – March 23, 2019

Posted in Comana, Plimbari on March 24, 2019 by maxpho

Went out with my brother-in-law for a short moth-watching/collecting in the woods. I’ve also wanted to test some of my new equipment: a newly designed moth light, and my brand new macro-flash. Luckily o lot of moths were attracted so I could test both items for a long time.

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AR2736 – H-alpha images – March 23, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on March 24, 2019 by maxpho

A new shot of AR 2736 preparing for departure. Still a lot of activity, but it seems that it is fading compared to yesterday.

150mm Achromat, Quark H alpha filter, ASI 174MM. Seeing 4/10.

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AR2736 – H-alpha images – March 22, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on March 22, 2019 by maxpho

My first H-alpha solar image of 2019, and a superb subject: a very fast growing sunspot group, designated AR2736. A source of C-class flares. And a joy to observe the fast changing chromosphere inside this group. a lot of Ellerman bombs are also detectable in the image.

Equip: 150mm achromat, Quark Chromosphere, ASI 174MM. Seeing 4-6/10.

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An animation from 10:16 UT to 10:32 UT:

 

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High resolution lunar images – March17, 2019

Posted in ASTRO on March 20, 2019 by maxpho

A few images acquired under some very poor seeing conditions. However, the use of the IR-pass filter helped a lot. So much that one of the smallest details imaged is under 500 meters!

Equipment: 355mm Newton, ASI 174MM, Baader IR-pass filter. Seeing 4-5/10 (in Red).

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