Our Sun


Sun images, mostly with white light filter
Followed by Venus Transit of the Sun 2004, 2012, and Mercury Transit 2016

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My first image of Sun Spots Jan 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10528

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Sun Spots Jan 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10536?

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Sun Spots Feb 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10540

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Sun Spots Feb 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10551

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Sun Spots Mar 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Sun Spots AR 10618, 10620 May 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Sun Spots AR 10621, 10618 May 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Sun Spots Jul 2004

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10652

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Sun Spots Jan 2005

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Camera zoomed in showing group AR 10720

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Sun Spots AR10756 (top) & 757 May 2005

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Nikon CoolPix 850

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Sun Spots AR10926 (top) & 927 Dec 2006

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Scopetronix 15mm, Pentax K100D



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Sun Spot groups 1339 (top) & 1338 plus 1340/1/2/3 Nov 2011

Orion ST-80, Orion Glass Filter, Pentax K100DS



Sun Photos with borrowed HA solar scope.

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Sun imaged in Hydrogen Alpha Wavelength
Note small prominences on my first day at 4:30 and 10:30

Coronado PST, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm

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Sun in Ha
I over exposed on my second day to bring out the markings on the surface
This image was reprocessed by Alan Chaniewski using methods from Paul Hyndman

Coronado PST, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm

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Sun in Ha

Coronado PST, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 9mm

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Sun in Ha

Coronado PST, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 9mm

Venus Transit of the Sun 2004

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Venus Transit 6/8/2004 from Roxbury CT
The first sighting of the Sun was 10 minutes after dawn when
it peeked through the clouds. The haze was so dense you could
see Venus naked eye, and I snapped this shot without a filter.

5:34 EST, Orion ST-80, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm, No Solar Filter!

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The Sun cleared the clouds just before 6 AM and
we had good viewing for 90 minutes

6:02 EST, Orion ST-80, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm, Orion glass filter

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Venus moving along

6:26 EST, Orion ST-80, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm, Orion glass filter

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Venus moving along

6:40 EST, Orion ST-80, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm, Orion glass filter

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Venus moving along

7:06 EST, Orion ST-80, CoolPix 850, Scopetronix 16mm, Orion glass filter

Venus Transit of the Sun 2012

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Sunspots just before the timer stopped and Venus appeared.

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The only transit photo I captured was a baked simulation by Alan Chaniewski.

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We had about 20 ASNH members and a dozen scopes on Mohawk Mountain.
Note the red Astroscan brought by Al Washburn, it projected the Sun onto a card on the silver rod.
My scopes are on the far right, an ST-80 on CG-4 with DSLR and a borrowed PST on a Bogan tripod.

Mercury Transit of the Sun 2016

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The Mercury Transit. Large object in the center is a Sunspot.
The planet is in the lower right, moving toward the edge. There were some clouds.

Pentax K100D, Orion ST-80, CG4 mount for tracking, homemade timer for sequencing of one frame per minute.

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