Solar astrophotography

With the home made solar filter I made with the baader solar film  I took some pictures of the sun, with my Orion StarShoot Solar System Imager II and  the Orion 102 premium refractor on the 11/15/208 at 11.15 am PST.

Solar activity is not great these days,  making things more challenging …  I can remember days where giant sunspot complex where visible with the naked eye.

Shooting the Sun with a Solar filter is not an easy task. Dust speckles on the digital camera show up as you can see here on the below picture – at the right of the sun spot.

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It is critical to take flat field pictures and use software like Max DSLR to substract the flat field image from the Sun spot pictures to get higher quality images.

After image processing here is the result. Notice the granulae, sun spot, and faculae around the (small)  Sun spot.

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