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Eruptive Prominence by CapturingTheNight Eruptive Prominence by CapturingTheNight
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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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:iconfiorinosulaco:
fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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johnnyronnie Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013   Artist
I love this picture.i'd happily have it hanging over my fireplace
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D
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VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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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:iconvileyonderboy:
VileYonderboy Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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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Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It looks like we can be burnt anytime. :(
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The Earth is to scale in terms of size, NOT distance to the sun
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:iconmorqwal:
morqwal Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
huh, we're bigger than i thought
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I might not have got the scale 100% right but it is fairly close.
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:iconmorqwal:
morqwal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
close enough. one solid blast and boom tid bits!
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Robert-Eede Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Brilliant!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much :D
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
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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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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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HighKey58 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
GREAT! Love it ... !
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you do :D Thank you very much.
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organblower Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Is this a solar flare?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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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organblower Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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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FrenzyWolf Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
Ive seen many many Solarphotages... and i must say... damn good work!
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I am glad you like :D Thank you very much
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nutmeg-42 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
:faint: :-)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:D :hug: Thanks
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Gautama-Siddharta Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Woooow! Rarely you can see a shot like this that is not from SOHO or SDO.
Wonderful :winner:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
High praise indeed. Thank you so much Martin :D Glad you like it.
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:iconlady-maaka:
Lady-Maaka Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seing our planet that small scares me.
Great shot now I know when I should go get a tan! :dummy:
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
HaHa. Wear plenty of sunblock. :D Thank you very much. We are very very very small in the universal scale of things.
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Lady-Maaka Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol when does this blast of heat hit the earth?
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:icongem-of-cali:
Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Majestic photo. Again how do you not blind yourself. Filters?
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I own and use one of these [link] A shot like mine is impossible without something similar.
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
well, Thanks, I will look into it. I will have to do without such a shot, if it is too far out of my price range though. But I can always look at yours if I can't take one.:) There are many other objects in the sky I can photograph that won't destroy me or my camera.:)
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :D Specialist Hydrogen Alpha filters inbuilt into a solar telescope.
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:icongem-of-cali:
Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What got you interested in Astronomy? I just love the beauty of the night sky myself and enjoy getting a shot of the objects above us.
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have always had a bit of a fascination with the night sky (I remember seeing Halley's Comet as a 7 year old) but it really all started about a year and a half ago when I was messing around with my then new first DSLR camera. I thought to myself "What would happen if I held down the shutter button for a really long time? Could I actually manage to get a couple of stars to show up" By a lucky coincidence I had my camera pointed at the centre of the milky way as it rose above the horizon. The first result on the LCD screen blew my mind so much (Not only did I capture a couple of million stars instead of the one or two I thought I would get, but I could even make out a few nebulas) I have been hooked ever since and have been wanting to learn and image as much as possible from that day on.
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate you shared that information with me. Thanks, for answering my question. I am always fascinated by how people get into their hobbies and arts.

I missed Halley's comets appearance last century.:) But I was definitely old enough to see it. Doubt if I will make it to it's 2061 predicted appearance, though. When you saw it, did you watch the comet with a family member? I usually do that. I enjoy it more. But alone is fine too, for viewing the night sky.:)
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I saw Halley's Comet with my Grandmother. It will be a lasting memory of her. I hope to live to at least 83 so I can see it twice :D
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Gem-of-cali Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It is nice to share special events like that with a loving family member.Well, that is a possible age to live to, so maybe you will see the comet again.:)
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TehAngelsCry Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
That is stunning.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you think so. Thanks :D
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MatthewPaver Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
once again great work.
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:iconcapturingthenight:
CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much mate :D
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mannromann Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
How small we are!
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CapturingTheNight Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed Roman :D
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