Recently there has been very few sunspots present on the sun lately. This can be an indication that Solar minimum is coming – the period of least solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun. But as the skies were very clear in the day, I decided to take my equipment out and do some solar imaging and observation.
Skywatcher ED80 refractor, Daystar Quark Chromosphere, ZWO ASI178MM-cooled imager, iOptron ZEQ25 mount.
There was only one sunspot visible today, named AR2526. Hence after imaging this for a while and also some other features on the chromosphere, I scanned around the edges of the sun for prominences. It was great that there were 2 relatively large prominences present, and which I have managed to capture below.
First image is of the sunspot AR2526, the sole sunspot present on the sun. There were also a few filaments scattered through the sun, but otherwise there was not much other activity in the chromosphere.
But fortunately there were two interesting prominences to observe and image. I managed to get my daughter, my wife and her friend to observe these prominences as well as the sunspot, as I felt they looked very interesting.
In white light, the only thing to observe on the sun would have been that lone sunspot. But with H-alpha, it is possible to see a whole lot more in the sun.