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August 7th, 2010

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12:44 am - Sunspots
The sky was so hazy last night, I was able to photograph sunspots.


Julie noticed how orange the sky was, so she said we should go to Sunset Hill Park. As the sun sank, she could see a sunspot through her binoculars. I saw the second one after processing in Lightroom.

One is about 11 o'clock, near the left rim, in the bright band. The other is a little below the equator, about 1/3 of the way in from the right rim.

(ISO 200, f/5.6, 200mm, 1/320, Nikon D300)

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Date:August 7th, 2010 08:49 am (UTC)
Eek! Do not look at the sun through binoculars, no matter how dim it may seem. I have a small but noticable hole in my retinas from doing that when I was 12.

Pointing cameras at it, OK, worst you can do is burn out the CCD... too bad you didn't get a prominence, still nice picture.

That super-red sun is often the precursor to a green flash. Did you watch it all the way down?
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Date:August 7th, 2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Uh, whoops. We didn't know that.

We watched it until it disappeared into the haze and behind the Olympics. I think it has to be at the horizon to see the green flash.
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Date:August 7th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Also, see my reply to kate_schaefer, below.
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Date:August 7th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
coooool!...glad the hazy skies this week were good for something...
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Date:August 7th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
That is an awesome picture, but as Rich says, don't do that. Ow ow ow.
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Date:August 7th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
If it helps any, here's a picture of the sky that gives you a bit more of an idea of how hazy it really was:

Sunset August 5, 2010

The originally posted picture was taken a few minutes earlier.

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