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Old 11-07-2021, 08:39 AM
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Sunday 11th July, 8.35am. There is one small spot that is very close to the Sun's Eastern Limb.
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Old 12-07-2021, 08:18 AM
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Monday 12th July, 8.15am.

One small spot in from the Eastern Limb. I think this is Region 2740.

There is a Region 2841 marked with one small spot, but I did not see it.
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Old 12-07-2021, 11:40 AM
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Good the hear. We're clouded out down here....
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Old 13-07-2021, 07:40 AM
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Tuesday, 13th July. 7.35am: Still just one spot, which has darkened and grown a little as it moves away from the limb:- so probably just an illusion. as it moves to be more face on.


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Good the hear. We're clouded out down here....
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Old 14-07-2021, 08:11 AM
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Wednesday, 14th July, 8.10am.

Still the same lonely spot to the East, though it looks a little darker again today.
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Thursday, 15th July, 9.05am.

Still just the one spot, Region 2842, on the Eastern Side of the Sun. There are two spots on the Western Side, but I could not see them by solar projection.

Today, I received a Orion Solar filter to fit my Vixen 81mm ED and did see the two spots to the west using 52x. I could also see a small umbra surrounding the spot in 2842.

The solar filter was still too bright for my taste, so I tried it with various coloured filters. The view improved with both the Green 56 and the Yellow 12, however, I am likely to just use the green filter from now on. It felt the most relaxing on the eye, and IMO improved the view, but perhaps not as improved as the Yellow 12. Its like splitting straws, really.
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Using the green filter gives a bit more contrast and the sensitivity of the eye is greater in the green, improving the perception.
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Old 16-07-2021, 08:14 AM
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Friday, 16th July,2021. 7.50am.

The one spot of Region 2842 looks unchanged. (Solar Projection)

Through the Vixen 81mm, a small umbra was still visible. The other two spots seen yda have disappeared. (using 42x, a solar filter and a green filter). I am finding that the solar image is clearer at 42x than 52x.

Now that I have a solar filter, I am planning to take a photo or two when interesting features appear. Is there any filter that is advisable to use when taking 'white'-light images?



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Using the green filter gives a bit more contrast and the sensitivity of the eye is greater in the green, improving the perception.
Thanks Ken,

I guess that is why Moon filters are normally green.
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Old 16-07-2021, 10:42 AM
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Basically the set-up you have - Solar film filter with a secondary green filter would be a good starting point for WL imaging.
What camera did you have in mind??
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Old 17-07-2021, 08:02 AM
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Region 2842 now has a much-smaller, secondary spot. I could see a small umbra around each spot when viewing with the Solar filter.

My observations are becoming earlier, because a neighbour has cut down a tree. The downside of earlier viewing is that the seeing is not good and thus, the Solar edge boiled. Hmm, I may have to be a bit more patient in future. Then again, some days, I need to take the first chance to view, as it quickly becomes cloudy and I may not see the Sun for the rest of the day.

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Basically the set-up you have - Solar film filter with a secondary green filter would be a good starting point for WL imaging.
What camera did you have in mind??
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Hi Ken,

I have a Cannon EOS M50 mirrorless camera. I tried some shots yda, but they did not turn out well, as I had problem with both the focusing and disturbing the camera when I took the image. Nevertheless, thanks for the tip about the green filter. I will keep working on it.
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Sunday 18th July,8.30am:

There is new activity with a region appearing in the center of the Solar Disc. There is a large spot, a medium spot and a semicircle of small spots.

Region 2842 is still developing with the appearance of several small spots to near the existing large and medium sized spots.

Yesterday, during a later look, I was able to see a small spot and some faculae near a polar region, so at an unusually high latitude. I can not see it today, but the website: Solar Weather Sunspots shows it as Region 2844.
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Old 19-07-2021, 09:24 AM
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Region 2842 is still prominent as a region of 3 medium spots that form a rectangle triangle. Yesterday's new region 2845 seems to have faded to one medium spot. (EP projection only - late start because of clouds.)

I have commenced taking photos with my Canon M50 and they can be seen in the Images Heading, under Solar System.
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Old 19-07-2021, 09:53 AM
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Look forward to seeing your images -solid cloud down here.
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Old 20-07-2021, 08:23 AM
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Region 2842 shows renewed activity with at least 2 small spots joining the existing 3 medium spots; whereas Region 2845 remains as just one lonely spot.

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Look forward to seeing your images -solid cloud down here.
Thanks Ken. I may have had some beginners luck. Yesterdays images did not turn out nearly as well and now I am trying to figure out what I did 'right' the first time.
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Old 21-07-2021, 09:35 AM
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Wednesday, 21st July, 8.25am: A new group of two medium spots has appeared in the center of the Solar disc, or it an old group come back to life. Anyway, it is as yet unnamed.

Region 2842 is now approaching the Western limb and becoming somewhat blurry, however, some faculae can be seen.

Region 2846 is now clear of the extreme Eastern Limb, so can be a little better seen.
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Old 22-07-2021, 08:04 AM
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Thursday 22nd July, 2021. 7.45am.

Breaking News!!! There are 5 Regions with sunspots visible on the solar disc.

With solar projection, I could only see 4 of them. However, the solar edges were very unsteady in the early morning seeing.

I have taken the SDO (Solar Dynamics Observatory) picture and edited it to just show the sunspots. I hope to take my own image later in the day.

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There are several regions currently active on the Sun, however, only Region 2846 has interesting sunspots, IMO.

Region 2846 pictured below, taken of the SDO image.
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Old 24-07-2021, 09:26 AM
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Very windy and lots of cloud down here.....I'll work on processing yesterday's image instead.
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Old 25-07-2021, 08:16 AM
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Region 2846 was visible with one medium and one small spot. That's all I saw, despite several other Regions being active at this time.
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