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Solar Images 

Imaging the sun requires special filters to cut down the amount of light.  Most of these were taken with a hydrogen alpha telescope that filters out all light except for a very narrow wavelength that comes from the hydrogen fusion process.

Sunspot - AR2192

AR2192
October 23, 2014..  This was the one of the largest sunspots in 40 years. It was larger than the planet Jupiter. 


Solar Silhouette

Solar Silhouette
February 2, 2013.  An airplane silhouette can be seen in front of the sun. 


Annular Eclipse

Annular Eclipse
May 20, 2012.  Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera near Paige Arizona. 


Solar Disk Inverted

Annular Eclipse
August 1, 2012.  Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.  This image has been inverted to give a 3D effect.

Sunspot 1532

Annular Eclipse
Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.


Solar Prominence

Annular Eclipse
Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.  This is a large solar prominence which is 5-6 times the size of the earth.

Partial Solar Eclipse

Partial Solar Eclipse
Taken on October 23, 2014 with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera. The large sunspot in the middle was the largest sunspot in almost 40 years. It was larger than the planet Jupiter.


Solar Filament with Sunspot

Solar Filament
Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.


Annular Eclipse

Annular Eclipse
May 20, 2012.  Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera near Paige Arizona.

Venus Transit

Annular Eclipse
June 5, 2012.  Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.

Venus Transit

Annular Eclipse
June 5, 2012.  Taken with a Solar Max II (60mm) on a TeleVue Pronto with an Imaging Source DMK41 camera.  You can see the sunlight refracting in the atmosphere of Venus. 

The Sun over Masaya

Annular Eclipse
Taken at the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua. You used to be able to walk up to the cross, but the volcanic activity has made it too dangerous. The fog is the gases from the volcano.