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Sun 09.01.12

Sunspots 11395, 11391, 11393 and 11389

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Credit: SOHO/MDI

The sun captured through a 60mm refractor and Vesta Pro webcam.
Baader contrast filter + UV + IR filter.
Homemade focal reducer.

A small tip with solar webcam capture is to treat the process with as much care as visual solar observing.
It is good practice to have a routine or check-list when setting up your telescope.

1) Fit the solar filter on with the telescope pointing away from the Sun.
2) Check the finderscope is covered.
3) Attach the webcam/camera
4) Hook-up and boot-up the computer, and launch any capture software.
5) Point the telescope etc

It is all too easy to get involved in attaching the webcam and setting up the computer, and then swing the telescope towards the Sun... having forgotten to attach the Solar filter. This small mistake will probably instantly burn out the camera and possibly destroy any attached filters.

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