The Sun - July 30, 2020

Submitted by thenakedastronomer

When choosing astronomical targets to photograph, I tend to favor distant comets and the sun. I enjoy photographing distant comets due to the many challenges involved in capturing a tiny, moving point of light many lightyears away. Though the Sun is only light-minutes away (as opposed to light-years), it still poses many challenges and the fact that its face is always changing makes it a fascinating target. Add in planetary and man-made satellite transits, and  there's rarely a dull moment.

This is a composite image of frames captured Thursday, July 30, 2020 from Port Orchard, Washington. The disc of the sun was imaged separate from the outer prominences. This is necessary due to the different in brightness between the two - the disc is very very bright and the prominences are comparatively dim. Once the images are acquired, they are processed and stacked into a composite presentation that is an accurate interpretation of the target.

Enjoy! 

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Submitted by swingin on Sat, 08/08/2020 - 15:49

Pretty cool Jim, your getting better my man. Id like to see you try an even lower gain, contrast or brightness setting. I think you can pull out more surface detail. Always fun learning isn't it. Nice sunspot at the top also! Keep em comin my friend! 

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