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#141 Philip Pugh

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Posted 19 February 2010 - 08:29 AM

I saw a couple of faint sunspots through the bins at lunchtime but didn't get anything with the PST as it kept clouding over.

For those of you without narrowband equipment, it's now worth checking white light daily as activity is noiw increasing.

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Posted 21 February 2010 - 03:55 AM

The sunspots are about to rotate off. I managed a couple of shots through the cloud gaps but that was all. The full disc shot shows a facula I missed visually and another shot shows the prominence. I really needed a better focus for the prominence but its shape is unmistakable.

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 02:23 AM

There'sa new sunspot visible today and some nice filaments visible in hydrogen alpha light. It seems that the Sun is finally coming alive at last!

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:33 AM

There's a nice proninence showing on the left limb of the Sun, as seen through my PST and a few faculae. Big Bear has been showing some faint sunspots but they're not visible in my binoculars.

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 01:38 PM

I processed the shots earlier. The left hand side of the Sun (as seen through the PST) looks rather interesting, although the right hand side was rather bland.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 03:35 PM

Rather quiet today but some faculae just emerging from the far side may lead to something interesting ...

We live in hope!

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Posted 08 March 2010 - 05:12 AM

There was a small prom visible about half an hour ago and a nice philament. Otherwise, it was rather quiet, at least as viewed through a PST.

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Posted 12 March 2010 - 02:31 PM

A couple of large sunspot groups are now within the reach of small telescopes. Some great pics have been taken from England but not by me. I did a drawing and placed it on my website, though.

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Posted 21 March 2010 - 10:37 AM

I didn't bring my PST to the USA last week, as I was expecting a few hand luggage restrictions. Darned terrorists!

Anyway, despite cloud, I managed to see a large region of faculae, a couple of philaments and a small prominence in H alpha today. I saw a sundog from Naperville on Friday, too.

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Posted 27 March 2010 - 06:27 AM

There's some nice sunspot activity going on. Weather is poor in England at the moment.

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Posted 30 March 2010 - 11:27 PM

I actually managed to get a bin scan in yesterday. There's a new sunspot in the south west. I think it's finally worth checking the Sun in white light daily now.

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Posted 10 April 2010 - 05:28 AM

Hazy today and I was in 2 minds as to whether to look or not. Big Bear showed a bland disc. My PST showed just one prominence but there may be more detail in the photos when I process them later.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 09:54 AM

The Sun was quiet today but there was a philament that should reach the limb tomorrow or Sunday and appear as a prominence.

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 03:55 AM

The philaments are getting closer to the limb and appeared to form a nice pattern today in the better viewing conditions. I haven't processed the photos yet. maybe this evening.

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Posted 19 April 2010 - 03:09 AM

The Sun was rather quiet at the weekend but some small prominences are visible in my close-ups.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 11:56 PM

The solar disc is quite bland but there's a nice philament just to the south of centre of the disc. I can see some small prominences in the photos, which I'm just processing and will be available later under "Latest Observations".

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 07:37 AM

The Sun was very quiet when I saw it last night, with just some superficial surface details.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 01:52 AM

Yesterday evening, there was a small prominence (no my close-ups didn't work!) visible and my photos threw up some small philaments.

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Posted 01 May 2010 - 12:53 AM

Cloudy today but at least I was able to do some "visuals". Big Bear is showing a faint sunspot but I couldn't find it in my "bins". I saw a small philament in my PST but the clouds rolled in before I could do a shoot.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 01:25 AM

There are now sunspots visible:



http://www.bbso.njit.edu/



They could be borderline in binoculars but should be visible in a quarter-decent telescope.




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