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#1 Special Ed

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 02:36 PM

Hi,

I used my 15x70 binoculars to make an observation and sketch of the nearest star today. Not been too much to look at in white light lately so this is a bit of excitement. The sketch and a brief report is posted here in the Solar forum.

I used HB and 2B pencils for the sketch and added the text after scanning.

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 08:46 PM

Hi Michael,

Very fine white light sketch of our star and equally fine report under less than great conditions.

Frank :)

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 09:15 PM

Thank you, Frank. The big active region flared about 3 hours after my sketch and hurled a coronal mass ejection (CME) in our direction. There are some pretty neat images and even a movie of the event in the Solar forum. :cool:

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Posted 13 February 2011 - 10:45 PM

Michael,

Thanks for the heads up I'll need to check that out.
Frank :)

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Posted 15 February 2011 - 09:58 PM

Hello again,

Our nearest and dearest star is still putting on quite a show, both in white light and hydrogen alpha. Here is my latest sketch and report.

Like the first one, I made this sketch right behind the binoculars using 2B and HB graphite pencils on sketch paper. Blending was done with my finger and a stump.

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Posted 17 February 2011 - 02:05 PM

Hello again,

Clear today and I was off so I got to make another sketch. :cool: Giant Active Region 1158 is still visible but will soon rotate out of sight. The sketch was done at the observatory with 2B and HB pencils. I blended the limb darkening with my finger. Sketch and report can be seen here.

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 12:00 AM

Michael,

Yet another beautiful capture. :bow:
It is time for me to take out my white light solar filter.
I have not sketched the sun in a very long time.

Frank :)

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 04:32 AM

Michael,

Excellent observations and reports of the solar surface and sunspot activity. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Carlos

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 09:53 AM

Frank, Carlos, thanks! Frank, it's looking like you'll have more and more reasons for digging out the solar filter as the new cycle progresses. :)

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 11:20 AM

Our run of clear weather continues. A new active region complex on the solar meridian has grown into a flare producer. Sketch and report are here. I used the same media and instrument as before.






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