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This mosiac was a huge project. I started out by capturing 3 images. I called them left, center and right. Each was shot back to back and consisted of 4,000 frames each. Since my Canon 40D only captures at a rate of ~ 20fps, it took about 4 minutes to capture each image.

Then I took each image and aligned, stacked and applied wavelets in Registax 6.

Then I opened each image in Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 and created a prominence layer by brightening to bring out the faint wispy atmosphere and saving as...

Then I opened the original images again and stretched them to bring out the washed out surface detail.

Then I merged the two, to get my final subs, which were stitched in Photoshop, then colorized and finalized.

Gear for this shoot included:
Scope: Lunt solar Systems LS60THa &B1200 w/Crayford focuser
Mount: Losmandy G-11 permanently mounted
Observatory: Skyshed POD XL3
Optical: 2.5x Powermate
Capture: EOS_MOV_REC
Stack: Registax 6
Process: Adobe Photoshop CS5.1

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Comment by John O'Neal on January 31, 2012 at 5:03pm
Thanks, Mark, maybe we can change that. I know sone guy in my astronomy club thinks that solar is not real astronomy. But I use much the same gear, knowledge base and skillsets to do solar as to do astrophotography.
Solar is a lot of fun, too...
Comment by Mark Roberts on January 31, 2012 at 8:50am

Well done John, Love the details! Do not see much solar work here yet

Comment by Kevin Galka on January 29, 2012 at 1:53pm

Awesome shot. Who says you can't do astronomy during the day :) Heck, On the 27th at 4pm (CST) I was able to view Venus naked eye about 6 degrees below the cresent moon :)


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