So - I nearly did it....

I came *this* close to selling all my gear and going solar...  but I decided not to as I would have taken a huge loss... 

 

BUT!!!  I am getting back into it in a way... in the next month or so I will be getting some Baader Solar Film for my scopes and can do some white-light work... its not as cool as H-Alpha, but it gets me back in the game cheaply... 

 

So - I should be posting again in a few weeks - hopefully!!!! 

Updates from the last couple of days..

Sorry folks - I got a bit sidetracked with the holidays - but lets recap a bit.

Matt Wastell posted a nice full disc showing all the recent activity today:

Here is a disc shot taken with the DMK51 through the LS60 with high Gamma to bring out the disc proms. Quite a bit was going on today. Hope the Sun is shining for you!

Here is a disc shot taken with the DMK51 through the LS60 with high Gamma to bring out the disc proms. Quite a bit was going on today.
Hope the Sun is shining for you!

Andy Devey posted a nice animation of AR1635 on the 26th:

Had a chance to take a look at this AR between 12:10 and 13:26UT but the seeing was all over the place.

Had a chance to take a look at this AR between 12:10 and 13:26UT but the seeing was all over the place.

Alessandro Bianconi gave us a look at some very nice white-light detail on the 24th:

AR1635 2012.12.24 Celestron C14HD  Astrosolar AS3.8 Full Aperture  Basler acA640 mono Seeing 4/10 Transp 9/10 Declination of the sun: -23°! Ciao Alessandro

AR1635 2012.12.24
Celestron C14HD 
Astrosolar AS3.8 Full Aperture 
Basler acA640 mono
Seeing 4/10
Transp 9/10
Declination of the sun: -23°!

Ciao

Alessandro

Michael Buxton got an animation of a flare jumper on the 22nd:

hi folks poor seeing and a short day, but i did catch a flare and jumper in AR1634/33. captured at 80 second intervals with a lunt 100 and a cemax barlow. trying 80 second intervals to increase the apparent speed...made from 2254-2322 UT on 22 Dec 2012

hi folks
poor seeing and a short day, but i did catch a flare and jumper in AR1634/33. captured at 80 second intervals with a lunt 100 and a cemax barlow. trying 80 second intervals to increase the apparent speed...made from 2254-2322 UT on 22 Dec 2012

Finally - Some updates!

Sorry for the long Hiatus!  I had a lot of development with the new observatory and just general "Life" stuff going on....

Lets start with some full disc Whitelight  from CN forum member steveward:

Warmer southerly breeze today brought its usual poor seeing with it , nice to be back in a T-shirt again though . .  "Shot 277 frames waiting for a "still" patch and eventually had a good run of 42 crisp ones . . ."

Warmer southerly breeze today brought its usual poor seeing with it , nice to be back in a T-shirt again though . . 

"Shot 277 frames waiting for a "still" patch and eventually had a good run of 42 crisp ones . . ."

..and an Halpha full disc from CN member raylal:

Transient
Detail from same...

Detail from same...

On to some nice CaK images and one Halpha from Pat Holland

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"I managed to get a few CaK and HA shots today, first time in over a month. For the CaK shots, I used the Celestron CR6 with the Lunt Bak1200 Straight-thru on the Orion Sirius Mount. These shots are the best 40% or 575 frames with the PGR Chameleon."

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I managed to get a few CaK and HA shots today, first time in over a month. For the CaK shots, I used the Celestron CR6 with the Lunt Bak1200 Straight-thru on the Orion Sirius Mount. These shots are the best 40% or 575 frames with the PGR Chameleon."
"And an HA shot with the Lunt TS60"

"And an HA shot with the Lunt TS60"

..and now a personal favorite - I love his work on these full discs - from December 9th - Jim Lafferty:

"Hi Folks-- After nearly a month I finally got some time away from my book and got out under the sun again! Here are some full disks in Ha on 12/9 with the Luntanado 100 and DMK 41 camera"

"Hi Folks--

After nearly a month I finally got some time away from my book and got out under the sun again! Here are some full disks in Ha on 12/9 with the Luntanado 100 and DMK 41 camera"