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 www.spaceweather.com 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.

Weekly Solar Image 09-02-12

Sorry for my lack of weekly solar images. But luckily I am back and have some images to share of the sun today.

On August 31st sunspot 1560 released a coronal mass ejection resulting in a C-8 solar flare. The CME released by 1560 isn’t exactly Earth directed, but it should deliver a glancing blow to our planets magnetic field. 1560 has quadrupled in size over the last few days, and NOAA forecasts a 40% chance for M-class flares from this sunspot.

Sunspots: 1563, 1564, 1562, 1560, 1553

1560 is the chain of sunspots near the center of the sun in the image above. 1562, 1563, and 1564 are the cluster of sunspots to the left side of the sun; 1553 is the small sunspot on the lower right just about to pass along the limb and disappear out of our view from Earth. The above image is 53 images stacked in Registax and edited in Photoshop.

Sunspot 1560

Above is a closeup view of sunspot 1560. This image is 20 images stacked in Registax and edited in Photoshop. Again, it’s very hard to achieve a sharp focus with the setup I’m using to zoom in on this sunspot. Using the Canon 350D and the 1.25″ Orion Variable Universal Camera Adapter.