Date: April 26, 2014
Place: Laurel, Maryland USA
Telescope: Lunt 60mm Hydrogen Alpha (Double Stack configuration)
Camera: The Imaging Source DMK 51AU02.AS
Images Captured: 19 images with 1 second interval between captures at 1/250 of a second each.
- Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64bit)
- Adobe Lightroom 4.4 (64bit)
It has been a long Maryland Winter with very few clear weekend days so far in 2014. I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to create this photo. Although it took less than one minute to capture the images used to create this photo, it took several hours to process it. The first steps were to bring out the details by balancing the brightness and contrast of the solar surface. The next trick was to bring out the features around the outer edge of the Sun and to eliminate the "noise" in the dark areas. Lastly, add the artistic touches to really make the image "pop".