Solar Mosaic - January 15, 2012

Posted by CraigAndTammy
on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

by Craig and Tammy Temple

This 17-panel mosaic of our closest star was captured on the morning of January 15, 2012. There was much activity on the Sun as can be seen by the many filaments, sunspots, and prominences. If you look real close at the region around 11 o'clock, you will see the Sun smiling at you. The two sunspots 1401 (left) and 1402 (right) make the eyes and the large filament beneath them make the smile. Looking to the left of the "smile" filament you will see sunspot 1399. Active regions 1391, 1395, and 1396 were also present in this image.

Telescope: Lunt Solar Systems LS60THa/B1200CPT
Accessories: LS50FHa Double-stack etalon; TeleVue 2.5x Powermate
Mount: Takahashi EM-200 Temma2
Camera: Imaging Source DMK31
Exposure: 32.10ms
Gain: 725 - 831
Length: 1:00 @ 30fps (each)
Acquisition: Fire Capture
Processing: Registax 6
Post-processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5; ImagesPlus 4.5
Capture time: January 15, 2012, 9:09 - 9:37am
Capture conditions: 36.0°F - 37.2°F; transparency: Average 3/5; seeing: Average 3/5
Location: Hendersonville, TN, USA
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