Daily Archives: June 29, 2014

The Sun Online and solar activity. June 29, 2014

The ARs rotating over the east limb into the visible disk are producing most of the activity at present. The strongest flare was a C4.9 with peak  at 11:52 UT, originating in NOAA AR 2104 (no Catania number). This AR, and NOAA AR 2102 (no Catania number), will most likely produce more C-class and probably M-class flares.With solar wind speeds around 350 km/s and interplanetary magnetic field with a magnitude of 3 nT geomagnetic conditions are quiet and expected to remain so.

Equipment: Coronado 90 +  Imaging Source DMK  + LX75
Processing: Photoshop, Avistack 300 frames
Date: 06/29/14
Time UT: 16:00
Exposure 1/500 sec.

Observatory Sponli


Galaxy Cove Vista Revisited 

Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)

To see a vista like this takes patience, hiking, and a camera. Patience was needed in searching out just the right place and waiting for just the right time. A short hike was needed to reach this rugged perchabove a secluded cove in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in California, USA. And a camera was needed for the long exposure required to bring out the faint light from stars and nebulae in the background Milky Way galaxy.Moonlight illuminated the hidden beach and inlet behind nearby trees in the above composite image taken last month. Usually obscured McWay Falls is visible just below the image center, while the Pacific Ocean is in view to its right. The above image is a high-resolution sequel to a similar image that appeared last year.

APOD NASA 29-Jun-14

NGC 4236 in Draco

NGC 4236
 (also known as Caldwell 3) is a barred spiral galaxy located in the constellation Draco. NGC 4236 is a member of the M81 Group, a group of galaxies located at a distance of approximately 11.7 Mly (3.6 Mpc) from Earth. The group also contains the well-known spiral galaxy Messier 81 and the well-known starburst galaxy Messier 82.

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Orion Optics UK CT8
Imaging cameras: SBIG ST-8300C, SBIG ST-8300M
Mounts: Losmandy G11
Guiding telescopes or lenses: Orion Optics UK CT8
Guiding cameras: Starlight Xpress Lodestar guide camera
Focal reducers: Baader Planetarium RCC
Software: Maxim DL, photoshop
Filters: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2
Accessories: Celestron Radial Guider
Dates: May 6, 2014
Frames: Hutech IDAS LPS-P2: 40×600″ bin 1×1
Integration: 6.7 hours

Author: Jacek Bobowik
AstroPhotography of the day by SPONLI 29 June 2014