Large Solar Prominence in Motion Catured on 22th January 2024

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Captured on the 22th of January, 2024, from Dark Sky® Alqueva region, Portugal, a high-resolution image and time lapse sequence features the chromosphere activity, revealing a large prominence in motion. It’s possible to see a lot of interesting changes on its shape. We can also notice a lot of fine spicules surrounding the solar disc, while the chromosphere itself is showing a slower motion. Even with a few high clouds which almost distroyed the sequence, I’ve manage to manually adjust the quick changes in light and keep the sequence runing to produce a time lapse of about 332 images. The final result is a 4K high resolution solar movie comprising around 2h of photos.

PT: Captada a 22 de Janeiro de 2024, na região Dark Sky® Alqueva, Portugal, uma imagem de alta resolução e sequência time lapse mostra a actividade da cromosfera, revelando uma gigantesca proeminência em movimento. É possível ver muitas mudanças interessantes em sua forma. Também podemos notar muitas espículas finas ao redor do disco solar, enquanto a própria cromosfera mostra um movimento mais lento. As condições foram muito desafiantes, mas mesmo com algumas nuvens finas que repentinamente cobriram o céu a meio da sequência, eu consegui gerir e compensar manualmente as alterações de luz drásticas para permitir continuar a sequência sem interrupções. Assim foi possível produzir um time lapse de cerca de 332 imagens. O resultado final é um filme solar de alta resolução 4K com cerca de 2h de fotos.


Above are a still shot presented in color and BW version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image. Below is possible to watch the video time lapse sequence compiling 332 shots processed, each one as result of a stack of the best 200 frames from each raw video. The final result is a 4K high resolution time lapse movie comprising around 2h of images.

PT: Acima está uma foto apresentada em uma versão a cores e monocromática, com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem. Em baixo é possível ver o vídeo time lapse compilando 332 captações processadas, cada uma como resultado de um stack dos melhores 200 frames de cada vídeo raw. O resultado final é um filme time lapse de alta resolução de 4K que condensa cerca de 2h de imagens.

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

SW Esprit 120ED Professional | EQ-6 Pro mount | Daystar Quark Prominence filter| Player One Apollo-M Max |Focuser Sesto Senso 2 | Stack of 200 frames for each single image, captured in average seeing conditions from Dark Sky® Alqueva territory, Portugal.

Important Note | Nota Importante:  Never look and point a telescope or any other optical equipment directly to the sun without a proper and specialized safty filters! It can blind you forever.  PT: Nota Importante –  Nunca aponte um telescópio ou qualquer equipamento óptico directamente para o sol e observe através dele sem filtros especializados e seguros. Causará cegueira irreversível!



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