Monday, August 21, 2017

Total solar eclipse from Idaho USA -

    My wife and I drove about 80 miles northwest from our home to be closer to the center of the totality path.  Where we were, totality lasted about 2 minutes.  I did not take my solar scope as that would have required taking a lot of equipment and my scope isn't capable of taking a full disk image.  I wanted to experience the eclipse instead of spending the time looking at a computer screen and making adjustments.  It was quite an experience.  We got to observe the drop in temperature (Approximately 10° F.), the ellipses on the ground in the shadow of a nearby tree ( The small patches of light that the gaps in the leaves provide act as pin hole cameras and every patch is a partial image of the crescent sun a the moon.).  The lighting was strange as totality came on and even stranger as totality started to decrease.  The heat of the sun on my bare arms was replaced with a cool feeling.  The lighting at times resembled sun light through a very smoky sky and at times the contrast between light and dark in the world around me took on strange variations.  There were some cows grazing in a field beside our location and during totality they stopped grazing and laid down.
    We had solar glasses to observe the sun directly and I did take a couple pictures with my Canon XSI.  Below are pictures of the corona at totality.  It was a great experience and one that I thought I would never have in my life time.

Bill



     The moon started to cover the sun from the 1:00 position angling across the sun down and to the left.  there was the diamond flash as totality started and ended.  When any of the sun wasn't covered the light was too much for my camera so I only have these 2 very similar pictures of totality.  This is 2 more pictures then I intended to take.  :-)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Something for July

I had been having problems with my preferred camera (DMK 31)  and now have them sorted out thanks to Bill's suggestion to re load the software , thanks Bill I was convinced it was the camera ....
  No sun spots today but some decent proms and the conditions were just good enough to set up my 150mm for the proms . These are my July 4th images .








Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 15 Sun

With the sun being mostly blank these days I am not as anxious to image and will wait for those rare cloud free sky's . I had forgotten about my DMK 31 not working the last time I tried it and guess what ? ...... it didn't fix itself so these images are again from my 21 .
  A quick shout out to our friend and fellow solar imager Keith , Thanks for stopping by !  Mike




Monday, April 24, 2017

Sun April 23 2017

I have returned after a long cloudy winter .. My sky was clear and conditions were average . My DMK 31 did not want to talk to my computer so these were all taken with my smaller DMK 21 . - 
Mike


                                                          A bit of activity AR 2656




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mike took some images yesterday and I'm posting them for him.

One sunspot visible AR12650 -


















Thanks to Mike.  Good work as usual.  :-)

Friday, September 2, 2016

Solar Images for September

August was a poor imaging month for me but from what I have seen on other sites I didn't miss much .Decent sky's today so an opportunity to catch some shots of recent AR 2585 .





Tuesday, August 9, 2016

August Solar

My weather has been hot and hazy up here in Ontario so my conditions have been far from ideal , We finally got some rain to help clean up the sky's around these parts . These were shot on the 8th of August ....posted a day late as usual , enjoy !