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Posted by: Rob Goldsmith - Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:59 pm
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Post More of my photos - The Sun and Sunspots   Posted on: Thu Jan 20, 2011 4:59 pm
Hey guys

Had a look at sunspots this week, been quite fun though carries a health warning looking at the Sun through a telescope! Great having astronomy in the day though! Could get a tan while playing telescopes :)

Here is my photo of a sunspot. I didnt actually know much about them until this week, they are larger than the Earth..... scary hey!

Anyway, cool hey!
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I wonder if I could image a coronal mass ejection! - Next weks job, read up on CMEs! :)

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Post Re: More of my photos - The Sun and Sunspots   Posted on: Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:16 am
Nice picture. Don't forget to wear your 8) .


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Post Re: More of my photos - The Sun and Sunspots   Posted on: Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:06 am
Scary thought isnt it! I did wonder about the risk of the filter falling off, i would certainly get a lot of sun! :oops:

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Post Re: More of my photos - The Sun and Sunspots   Posted on: Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:31 am
Are you still using the equipment listed on your site for astrophotography?

Any suggestions on what to purchase if I intend to pick up that as a hobby myself?

I currently only own a super-crappy cheapo refractor from my childhood days, but I have been considering getting a dobson for quite some time now. I don't have a DSLR myself, so I guess I would go for some webcam solution.

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Post Re: More of my photos - The Sun and Sunspots   Posted on: Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:41 am
Yeah I did have a fairly good refractor with goto mount but i got so annoyed with having to go out in the day, line it all up, make it flat, test it 20 times, wait for it to get dark, see i didnt do it right, redo it in the dark etc.

I am sure people who have a lot of time will much prefer a goto mount etc but for me it is just about looking out, seeing a clear sky then rushing outside (or through the window in this photo haha).

I would highly recommend a dob, they can be very cheap for the light you are getting! Only prob is you can't do long exposures or keep anything centred for a great deal of time.

If you want to run out and just view the night sky, possibly image the planets, Moons and Suns then go Dob! :)

I picked up a modded webcam and it is great!

Let me know how you get on :)

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