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Huge solar flare

Discussion in 'Astronomy & Astrophotography' started by Skywatcher, Oct 20, 2008.

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    Taken on Saturday with my solar scope - not brilliant but imaging through this scope is a complete nightmare - infact some think it was desined to stop people imaging through it.

    This was present Saturday morning and is the first sign of the Sun waking up after a looong sleep. It is huge!!!! and is easily 20 times bigger than the earth - and thats just the bit you can see - his is looping around from the other side!

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    Hey Chris, can't see it here at work, but will check it out when I get home. Stinking websense!
     
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    How do you get those pictures because Patrick Moore told me never to look at the sun through a telescope. :unsure:
     
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    Shogun Earning my ears

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    What does a solar flare do to our weather? I know it will affect it somehow.
     
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    keith Camera nut Staff Member Administrator Forum Host

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    Staggering image! I can't grasp the scale it's just mind blowing
     
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    I thought so too although I think I remember him showing us how to see flares like this using some card once
     
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    The sizing is truly mindblowing. 20 times bigger than the Earth? Wow!
     
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    so hard to comprehend the scale
     
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    Is there anyway to see this kind of thing without all the expensive kit?
     
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    No sorry cosmicray unless you pop along to a local astronomy club and I'm sure they will have a solar telescope , which is what you need to observe the sun. As said above NEVER look at the sun even with the naked eye - with a telescope you will cause blindness instantly - these solar telescopes are highly sophisticated bits of kit - they used to sell for thousands but this one is sold for about £300 and shows just the hydrogen -alpha emission from the sun - focussing the webcam to is is a total nightmare and this was the best I got even after about 20minutes of fiddling - also it was changing so much it was hard to pin down
     

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