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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

Yesterday was a great day for imaging. I haven't had a day like that in months. The clouds cleared around 6 pm and I managed to catch a few videos of the sun.

Full Disk:
3 panel mosaic, videos acquired with QHY5L-II and PST. Videos processed in Registax. Photoshop CS6 used to create the mosaic, colorize and apply final corrections.

 Captured some prominences as well

I only had about 45 minutes before the sun disappeared behind my house. I spent the majority of the time creating animations of the prominence above and one that appeared to "float" above the surface.
I shot 18 videos and created a still image from each in Registax. The 18 still images were used as frames for the video created using Photoshop CS6

At first I thought I had the frames in reverse. The floating prominence appears to "rain" on the Sun's surface.

After I could no longer image the sun, I set my sights on the moon. I used my Orion ED102T CF & QHY5L-II (@800x600) to create a 6 panel mosaic. 6 videos were taken through a luminance filter and processed in Registax. Using the QHY5L-II's at 800x600 ,allowed me to image 35 frames per second and I collected about 1000 frames per panel. No barlow was used. The resulting Registax images were combined & colorized using Photoshop CS6.

After I completed the 6 videos for the mosaic, I turned my attention towards finishing my Andromeda Galaxy project. I added 4- 20 minute Ha filtered subs and 4-10 minute Blue filtered subs. I was glad to finally collect enough subs to finish it. I started this image on July 4.
The previous versions of M31 can be seen in my earlier blog:


  1. Great Sol shots Chuck!

    I love the 2nd video of Sol. The details are nice.

    1. Thanks Jeff, I'm slowly catching on to these animations.

  2. Looks like you had an amazing day (and night) of imaging Chuck. Your Andromeda Galaxy is right up there with the best I have seen. The reds and purples are extraordinary!

  3. Thanks Trevor for stopping by and the wonderful comment!