The Etna Astros Astronomy Club

The Etna Astros: Solar Gallery

These images were taken by our members. As a club member, you too can participate in building our image galleries!
The images on this page appear in the order they were taken. We hope you will see new things in these pictures and we hope you will see our progress as we improve our skills as a group. The pictures should be getting better all the time!
This monster was caught in the act by Chris Reich on March 17, 2010 using a PST and a Canon A/40


Above images taken by Chris on July 3, 2006 using a PST, 12mm Cemax EP and Canon A/40
(Hand Held) ISO 400
Above: Surface Detail
PST with 2x Barlow, Canon A/40 camera, hand-held. Slight noise reduction and unsharp mask in PaintShop Pro 9.0.
Image taken by Chris Reich
Above: Solar Prominences
PST, 2X Barlow, Canon A/40 Camera
Taken by Chris Reich
Solar Prominence and excellent filament captured on 6-2-05 using Meade LPI.
  Some adjusting to the image with PSP v.9.1
Using Meade LPI, PST and 2X Shorty Plus Barlow.
Taken by Chris Reich
Sunspot group taken 06-04-05
Meade LPI, Orion 120ST Refractor w/White Light filter.  Slight unsharp mask using PSP v.9.1
Image by Doug Blagestad and Chris Reich
Another look at the sunspot group of 6-4-05
Note how the spots form in pairs...
Image by Doug Blagestad and Chris Reich
This is called a hedge row prominence.
Taken 6-11-05 at 2:00p.m.
Captured with Canon A/40, PST, 10mm Radian EP
Image by Chris Reich
Detached Solar Prominence (9-28-06)
Image by Chris Reich
PST, Canon A/40, EP Projection 12mm Cemax
Same Prominence 10-8-06 12:50 PDT
Image of sunspot group taken 10/21/2006 21:27
Imaged by Chris with ETX-90, Baader solar filter, Proxima 8-24 zoom, Canon A/40
This is a 3" aperture Polarex refractor. Polarex is the name that Unitron used to market their refractors in Europe. This particularly one was bought from a fellow in Holland several years ago. I added the after-market battery-driven drive.  I used a 16 mm focal length eyepiece to project an image of the sun onto the white screen.
Submitted by Jack Brooks
Chuck Jopson provided us with these two views of the Mercury transit of 11/8/06
Sunspot #923
Sunspots 926 & 927 23:00UTC 12-2-06 (PST, Canon Digital Rebel XT, 10mm Radian)
Sunspots 926 & 927  12-3-06 22:00UTC
The sun is apparently having some holiday fun...but is it a Christmas Tree or a Dreidel?!
This image has been processed to show the extreme magnetic activity around this spot.
(Image: Chris Reich)
Again, the magnetic activity is very obvious in the Ha image (orange). These images are correctly oriented. Image below was taken with Baader white light filter. (Chris Reich)
AR930 Returns! Taken 12/31/06 at 22:30 UTC
Chris used a 2" Herschel Wedge---this is shot straight through the eyepiece. Going to need some practice with this new tool!
(Image credit:  Chris Reich)
Sunspot 940 imaged by Chris Reich using Baader Herschel Wedge and Orion 120ST OTA. Canon DR/XT and 2.8X Klee Barlow (1/27/07 2150UTC)
Two shots of AR940 taken 1-28-07 (Chris Reich)
PST, Orion Star Shoot Lunar/Planetary Camera Both are stacks of 6 images (Registax 4.0)
Note: I am a little concerned about the exposure rates of the Orion Camera. It seems to expose unevenly but I may just need more practice with it.  Chris
Full disk to show position in EP of AR 940 on 1-28-07
One more shot of AR940 taken 1-28-07 2300UTC
(Click for full sized image)
The sun at 2215UTC on 1-29-07. PST, Canon DRXT 3X Barlow
Shown are spots AR940 and newly arrived spot AR941
Solar flare on 1-29-07 (Chris Reich)
These images (Right) were taken on 4-4-07 by Chris Reich using a PST, 10mm Radian Eyepiece and hand held Canon A/40 camera (auto setting). Slight adjustment (color correction) made in PaintShop Pro ver XI.
The smaller image of the loop prominence made it on on 4-5-07 making it the club's first "published" image.


After almost 30 days without a sunspot, the sun has given us AR953. It made it's first appearance on 4-25-07.
This image was taken using a Meade ETX-90, Proxima 8-24 Zoom set at about 20mm and a Canon A/40 Camera at 3X Zoom. The camera was hand held to the eyepiece. Focus is the trick. You have to "guess" your eye about where the CHIP in the camera would be and then focus. 
Here are some very interesting shots of AF956 taken 5-17-07. I used an ETX-90 and Baader film. Camera: Canon A/40 hand held into a Proxima 8-24mm Zoom.
Chris Reich
AR956 Taken 5-17-07
AR966 is a very small spot. This image was taken with a PST (Ha filter). Spots normally show up better in "white light" filtering. What is interesting about this shot is the noticeable magnetic activity (light area) wrapping around the spot.
Imaged by Chris Reich
PST, 8mm EP and Canon A/40 (Handheld)
Here's a great example of a hedgerow prominence.
Taken by Chris Reich with PST, 8mm Eyepiece.
Chris has used this simple, low-budget technique to capture all his solar images to date.
This C-1 flare was caught on 8-6-07 at 1535UTC (8:35 PDT)
The bright area was white and bright. After the flare, two tiny spots (black) were visible. Click the image for a full size view.
PST, Canon A/40, 8mm Eyepiece ASA 100, Handheld.
Imaged by Chris Reich from Etna, CA
AR10966 Expertly captured using 6" Reflector, Self-made Baader Solar Filter, Kodak DX360
This is a very small spot---nearly classified as a pore. Very difficult item to see let alone so clearly catch.
Image Credit: Emily Sarwas
8-9-07 1915UTC
Close-up of AR10966 8-9-07 1915UTC
Image Credit: Emily Sarwas (As Above)

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Nice Solar Prominence!

This huge prominence was captured on 10-26-07 by Chris Reich using very basic equipment: PST, Canon A/40 (Hand Held) and a basic 10mm Plossl Eyepiece. Solar astronomy on a budget!
The Sun has Spots Again!
After a long quiet period, the sun is once again sporting spots. This group, AR0978 was imaged by Chris Reich on 11-8-07 using a 120mm achro refractor at f/5, Baader 2" Herschel wedge, 17mm Eyepiece and canon hand held a/40. (Click for full size)
Here's the same spot---AR 0978 taken on 12-13-07 about 2030 UTC. Notice how much it has changed!
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