Staring at the Sun, 6
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6/25/2010. Today I am trying to make routine what seemed novel a few days ago: focus maniacally, expose generously, open in Maxim, extract red channel only, combine multiple frames, adjust midtones in Photoshop. Here are this morning's best photos, featuring some striking magnetic lines.
Barlow on eyepiece
projection adapter, cropped. 1/4 second, ISO 400.
Barlow on prime focus adapter.
Disk detail: 6 frames averaged in
Let me interrupt this show with a little bit of tell. Or "why I do not need a TeleVue SolSearcher, SunSeeker, Heliolocator, or whatever they're called." The clamshell ring that holds the telescope is notched to let one of those jimbos be attached via a couple of 10-32 screws. The notch itself makes a good sunfinder.
Lunt LS60THa, double stacked,
0.25 seconds, ISO 400, Canon 50D.
After a week's practice, I seem to have a method that does a fair job of recording everything I can see in the eyepiece. The photos still lack the delicacy and clarity of the eyepiece view, but this is real progress. Next: photographing more than I can see in the eyepiece.
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