I recently purchased the Tele Vue T2 adapter for the Tele Vue 1.25″ powermate, as I had borrowed my friend’s 2.5X powermate for solar imaging. I wanted to get magnified views of the sunspots using the Skywatcher ED100 (900mm focal length F9); this is not possible with my Celestron 2X Barlow. Using my Olympus E-P5, the effective focal length (EFL) of this telescope would be 1800mm (2x crop factor). But with the 2.5X power mate, it would be EFL 4500mm.
The images below were taken in the early afternoon on 18/11/14. While imaging the sun, I did hear the sound of a plane flying past. Deep in my mind I was thinking that it would be great to be able to capture the plane and the sun together. But I did not let my mind dwell on this, as I was trying to get the focus right for the Sunspot AR2214 (the sunspot formerly known as
Prince AR2192); the seeing was not particularly good, which did not help the focusing.
Anyway, enough said. Here are the images:
I was pretty pleased with the images I have managed. But imagine my surprise when I saw the images below amongst the 224 photos I had taken.
I did not realise that I had managed to capture the plane flying past, as I was in 5x magnified view focusing only on the sunspot. Fortunately I had deemed that to be a moment of good seeing and had taken a short burst of the sun (at 9 frames per second).
In case people think the plane was photoshopped in, I have taken pics of the photo on my Olympus E-P5 live view screen. The image looks green due to the use of Baader Solar continuum; I have converted these images to black and white for my website.