Christmas Advent Calendar – 16/12/14

In the past I have briefly tried my hand at solar imaging using the Baader Solar film. This year I finally took the plunge and bought the Baader Herschel Prism, which allows me to capture even more detail of the sun.

Single image shot of AR2214 and 2209
Single image shot of AR2214 and 2209

This is one of the best images of the sun and sunspots I have ever taken. The large sunspot on the right resembles a bear’s paw print.

I do like astrophotography and one of the most attractive things about shooting the sun is that you only do this when the sun is out, where you bask in the warmth provided by the sun (good for improving vitamin D levels) – unlike night astrophotography where the conditions are likely to be colder (as the skies should be free of cloud cover).