My Coronado Solarmax II 90

Submitted by swingin

I took these solar pictures with this scope and a DMK41 camera from my back yard. Gig Harbor WA I've since blinged out my mount with all orange knobs ADM, and a tripod leg spreader :) Pay no attention to the duct tape on the end. I made a quick foam padded cover with the "Handy Mans Secret Weapon" Duct tape! It save's a ton of time as opposed to removing the metal cover every time I have a look. Enjoy..

Red Green anybody? :)

ISS Solar transit - 08/26/16

Submitted by jimwcoleman

I got lucky and was able to catch a solar transit of the ISS. This shot was taken with a Canon 60D DSLR camera at prime focus on an 8" Meade LX200R, using a Baader solar filter. I also have video, which I will post later. This is a still shot from the video. :)

Note: Living in the Pacific Northwest, I had to shoot this through a cover of fir trees ... you can see the branches in this photo - I was so lucky that at the last moment, the sun came out and I was able to get a shot ...

050916 Mercury transit

Submitted by jimwcoleman

After getting shots of the rare Venus transit back in 2012, I was looking forward to getting some shots of the May 9 Mercury transit, as well. In 2012, it was difficult due to the typical Pacific Northwest cloud cover. That was true today, as well, but I was patient and I managed to get the shots. Another thing that made it difficult was the fact that I was shooting through the trees. What you see in the photos here are not clouds, they are fir needles and branches, making focus extremely difficult.

Preparations for the May 9 Mercury transit

Submitted by jimwcoleman

Tomorrow morning, May 9, Mercury will transit the face of the sun. Living near Seattle, the weather forecast is not promising, but I did just catch a break in the clouds and got my solar equipment dialed in. Sunspots are sparse right now. This is how the sun looked today at 10:20 p.m. UTC over Port Orchard, Washington. Tomorrow, I hope to photograph the Mercury transit. At least I'm prepared.
Orion 8" Astrograph Newtonian on Celestron AVX mount, Canon 60D, Baader MPCC coma corrector.