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07/05/2022. If the weather cooperates (it did), this will be a long page following a pair of active regions rotating with the Sun from one solar horizon to the other.

On July 5, an unidentified, brightly flaring newcomer rolled over the hill. It turned out to be AR 3052 and 3053 beginning their track across the face of the Sun. I built each of the following images from at least the best 500 of 2,000 frames and in many cases using the best 1,500 or 2,000 from 4,000. Click any image to make it big, please! Behold:

 

July 5, 2022. (Entrance)

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July 6

July 6

 

July 7

July 7

 

July 9

July 9

 

July 11

July 11

 

July 13

July 13


July 14

July 14

 

July 15

July 15

 

July 16 (exit)

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My deep-sky photos are made with a variety of sensors and optics. Deepest images come now from a ZWO ASI1600MM Cooled Pro CMOS camera, an ASIair (model 1) and sometimes one of several laptops. A good many images come from an unmodded Canon 6D but a lot more will be coming from an R6. Video and video extracts begin in a Canon EOS M, usually running in crop mode via Magic Lantern firmware (but the 6D and especially the R6 will probably see more use). Telescopes include an AT10RC, an Orion 10" F4 Newtonian, and a pair of apochromats: a TMB92SS and a AT65EDQ. A very early Astro-Physics 5" F6 gets some use, too. So do lots of camera lenses on both the ASI1600 and on the Canons. A solar Frankenscope made using a 90mm F10 Orion achromat and the etalon, relay optics, and focuser from a Lunt 60 feeding a small ZWO camera will see more action as the Sun comes back to life (Autostakkart!3 is my current fav for image stacking). Mounts include an iOpton SkyTracker (original model), a bargain LXD-55, a Losmandy G11 (492 Digital Drive), and an Astro-Physics Mach1. PixInsight does most of the heavy lifting; Photoshop polishes. Some of the toys are more or less permanently based in New Mexico. I desperately hope to get back soon.

 

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