Last Minute Eclipse Prep

There has been so much news about the solar eclipse coming on Monday, August 21, 2017 about where to get your solar eclipse glasses, where the total solar eclipse will be happening across the continental United States, and I’m sure some of you have procrastinated on preparing. First of all I have to put a WARNING: Do NOT view the eclipse without proper filters or projection viewers! You can try looking at your local Walmart, Lowe’s, 711, Best Buy for ISO certified solar eclipse glasses. Stores containing the proper solar glasses are listed on this site here. Be sure to make sure they are the correct ISO number.

Now, if you can’t find eclipse glasses locally, it is definitely too late to be ordering them. I know, I know, you really want to view the eclipse but procrastination got the best of you (believe me, I understand, I am a master of procrastination). Well, you’re in luck. I made a video showing how to make a Shoe box Eclipse Projector for viewing the eclipse safely. All you’ll need is a Shoe box, aluminum foil, a blank white piece of paper, some tape, a pin, and a knife or pair of scissors. That’s all you’ll need to have a viewer for the eclipse. Whether you’re along the path of totality, or you’re viewing from your backyard in a zone only getting 50% of the eclipse you can view safely and watch the moon as it eclipses the sun.

Don’t wait to the last minute to make your projection viewer! Make one now and do a practice run so you know how it work, and if it works, before the eclipse happens.

Mercury Transit May 09, 2016

I know it has been a while since I have posted anything, but I finally got some images stacked and edited from the May 9, 2016 Mercury Transit. I had an issue getting Registax to work properly under Linux through Wine, but I realized that, for whatever reason, Registax 6 didn’t like me using images (tif, CR2, and jpeg all didn’t work) although Registax 5 is perfectly fine with me using RAW files straight from the camera. Now that I got that figured out, here is one of the best shots from the Mercury Transit which contains about 50 of the best 100 images. Also included is my sketch of the event.

May 09, 2016 Mercury Transit

May 09, 2016 Mercury Transit Sketch

Weekend Sunspots

This image is up a day late due to some issues I had while stacking, but I finally got it straightened out. Although it’s a day late these same sunspots are still visible on the face of the sun if you were to look at it today, although slightly different looking.

Sunspots: 1728, 1730 , 1731, 1732, 1734, 1737, 1738, 1739, 1740. Taken 05-04-13

Sunspot 1739, coming around the eastern limb, has just released a M5 flare on May 3rd which isn’t Earth directed, but the spot is slowing making it’s way toward Earth and if the flares continue we could get some good aurora activity. Currently NOAA has an estimated 45% chance of solar activity that could affect Earth, so keep an eye out on for more flare news.

Solar Image – 04-06-13

The sun today had a nice arrangement of sunspots, with sunspot 1711 being the larges one near center in the image below, and some more coming around the limb of the sun. Sunspots seem relatively quiet, and a geomagnetic storm is only estimated at 15%-20% on April 6-7, so I’m not expecting much, if any, aurora activity to be seen from the low latitudes of the Adirondacks.

Sunspots: 1708, 1710, 1711, 1713, 1714, 1715, 1716, 1717, 1718, 1719

105 images stacked in Registax 5 and a little bit of cropping and processing in Photoshop.