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H-Alpha Large Solar Flare Image
TrueToad / Monday, June 22, 2015 / Categories: Solar Imaging

H-Alpha Large Solar Flare Image

New Equipment

After a month on the low down finally today I brought out my Solar Imagining System and set it up for a few hours of imaging.  I knew it was going to be hot and humid and was I right - way hot..  

It has been almost a month since my last outing and now being excited with the inclusion of a new camera and adapters I decided to give it a go and see what I can capture.   The new adapters are for the Badder Herschel Wedge which will allow me to direct mount the camera to the wedge.  Today was more difficult to get started and have productive results due to a lot of new things in the mix (camera + software).  Although I have some images to show from today efforts I think in time I will improve on my technique with some additional use and becoming familiar with the new FireCapture Software and the ZWO ASI174mm Camera.

The software package FireCapture is a product coming out of Germany and is available from their website. I did enjoy using the software and once I started to find my way around I think it has some nice features - although in the time it took me to set up and get going I only had about 3 hours to learn the ropes if you will.

My biggest challenge is Microsoft Pro tablet (screen resolution) and the horrible glare which makes it almost impossible to see what your doing on the screen.  The Microsoft Pro Tablet screen resolution makes the menus too small to work with, so I have to plug in a wireless keyboard and mouse combo.

Today, I took over 10gb of data with some useable and others not due to bad exposure, focus, or clouds crossing by.

Just in; 

A geomagnetic alert was issued for the 22nd-23rd. This was due to an anticipated impact from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). The CME impacting earth translated into auroras that were visible as far south as the Mid West USA.  Despite prediction of severe geomagnetic storms for the 22nd and 23rd June there is also a chance larger CME may occur. Many images were buzzing on the internet showing the effects of the auroras and were a sight to behold.  Many Dark sky sites had the best views for seeing and photographing them.  If you are living in the Northern areas go out following nightfall and as always allow around 5 minutes for your eyes to become dark adapted then look for shifting red/green glows, beams of iridescent lights dancing around in the sky.

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