August 7th, 2010
|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)
|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?
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.
Also, see my reply to kate_schaefer, below.
coooool!...glad the hazy skies this week were good for something...
That is an awesome picture, but as Rich says, don't do that. Ow ow ow.
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:
The originally posted picture was taken a few minutes earlier.