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Eruptive Prominence

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WARNING: NEVER OBSERVE THE SUN WITH THE NAKED EYE OR THROUGH A TELESCOPE, CAMERA OR OTHER OPTICAL DEVICE UNLESS YOU HAVE A PROPER SOLAR FILTER AND KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

Saw this huge but very faint solar prominence erupting off into spcae this morning. I thought I would try and zoom in on it a little bit so instead of using my zoom eyepeice at my normal 16mm focal length I used 8mm (the shorter the focal length the more magnification). Hope you like it.

30/11/2011
20:17 UT (GMT)
Canon 1000D
Baader Mark III Hyperion 8-24mm Zoom EP @ 8mm
Coronado PST
NEQ6 Pro Goto Telescope Mount
60 images for the prominences
60 images for the surface detail
Stacked and processed in Registax6
Final processing and false colour added in PS Elements 8.0
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1000x683px 172.8 KB
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Software
Adobe Photoshop Elements 8.0 Windows
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Thank you so much :D
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I love this picture.i'd happily have it hanging over my fireplace
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Thank you very much :D
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Do you need a adapter for your canon on the PST? I am seriously thinking of getting one of them and mounting it on my NXT5
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Yes. It is basically impossible to get the image plane from the PST back far enough to hit the sensor of a DSLR camera. I use a Baader Mark III Hyperion 8-24mm zoom eyepiece to get focus. The EP has a thread under the eyerest that with the aid of an adaptor screws into the T-ring of the DSLR. I tried to just use a barlow but that didn't work. I have heard that a Powermate works but can't say for certain as I have not tried.
Check out this [link] by :iconphotosbykev: He helped me greatly.
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NO KIDDING! LOL It was funny cause I just glanced at the equipment and then went HUH??? with some of the other things you listed! I figured there was more to it. I does wants me a PST or at the least an H-Alpha filter for my scope! Thanks again for the info Greg!
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My pleasure :D I just noticed that my comment should have read: "basically impossible to get the image plane from the PST back far enough to hit the sensor of a DSLR camera if you are just using a standard 1.25" T-ring adaptor." You need someway of projecting the image back further like the eyepiece I use.
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It looks like we can be burnt anytime. :(
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The Earth is to scale in terms of size, NOT distance to the sun
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huh, we're bigger than i thought
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I might not have got the scale 100% right but it is fairly close.
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close enough. one solid blast and boom tid bits!
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Thank you so much :D
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I hav eto admit--THIS is cool! (pun intended :D) I love the framing of this--it's like a sci-fi space shot from a movie. THat prominence is pretty darn cool too! It's what about a million Kelvin? Been so long since junior high science I don't remember what the temps those things get. Outstanding work as always, Greg :thumbsup:
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Appreciate the great feedback mate :D Not sure on the temps myself, but yeah it would be a little bit toasty :D
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GREAT! Love it ... !
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I'm glad you do :D Thank you very much.
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Is this a solar flare?
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To be honest I really don't understand the difference between a flare and an erupted prominence but here is the best answer I found online.....

"The difference is mainly anatomy and where they occur.

A solar flare is a magnetic storm on the Sun which appears to be a very bright spot and a gaseous surface eruption. However, the actual ejection occurs thousands of miles from the surface of the Sun in the photosphere, corona, and chromosphere.

A solar prominence (also known as a filament) is an arc of gas that erupts from the surface of the Sun. The gases are held in place above the Sun's surface by strong magnetic fields. At some point the magnetic band "snaps", spewing the gas and solar material into space"
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Thank you for the explanation. I cut my teeth on amateur radio so I've been pretty familiar with solar flares and sunspot activity and it's effect on RF propagation.
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Ive seen many many Solarphotages... and i must say... damn good work!
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I am glad you like :D Thank you very much
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