A Partial Solar Eclipse

Hello sketchers,all o.k.?This morning i have see one great astro phenomenon of 2011:The partial eclipse of our star!
Me and my friend Gianni go to little town of Montesecco,5 Km from my home and at 500 m of altitude.
I have the horyzon free to east,beautyfull vision of sunset.
I have my refractor Kenko 80/1000 with astrosolar filter,my friend his digital camera.
I draw the first sketch before eclipse at 7,48 a.m.
The eclipse start at 7,54 a.m. ,the sun only just rise.Incredible was the sensation of cold wind and blue light at the moment of maximum.

I make my sketches only quarter of hour until 10,40 a.m. when the eclipse end.
Thisis the first rough sketches copy,i sent you nextly the fair copy of that.
At next sketches,ciao!
Giorgio Bonacorsi.

Site:Montesecco,(fraction of Pergola’s municypality)
Date:4 of January 2011 from 7,54 to 10,40 a.m.
Instrument:Refractor Kenko 80/1000 with astrosolar filter
Eyepiece:25 mm ortoscopic,6mm lantanium for particular of sunspot.
Seeing:Good,only light clouds at start and at the end
Temperature:Icely at star,cold at the end.
Technics:graphite pencill on withe paper fabriano 4.

3D Solar Sketch – June 13, 2010

H-Alpha Sun
H-Alpha Sun: June 13, 2010
By Theo Bakalexis

Object name: Sun.
Object type: Full disk in Ha line.
Location: Peristeri (GREECE)
Date: 13 June 2010
Media: Used laptop.

The seeing is not good but i make an observation and i see many thinks.First of all a great detached prominence at the NW of the disk. My goodness she`s great. I see one only sunspot on the region 1081 and a marvelous filament like a hook near the region 1080.The disk has to much small Q.R.Filaments in different shapes.

Used my coronado maxscope SM 60mm D.S 0.5A Ha on EQ5 base together with eyepiece Nagler 9mm.

A Plethora of Prominences

Sun - Jan 31, 2010
Sun – January 31, 2010
Sketch and Details by Stephen Ames

I use:
Crayola Cerulean pencil for plage
Crayola Aqua Green pencil for proms
White 20# paper
I scan into photoshop and invert.

Blue skies,

Stephen Ames
Hodgenville, KY

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AR11040: CaK and White Light

CaK Sun
CaK AR11040 – January 14, 2010

White Light Sun
White Light AR11040 – January 14, 2010
Sketches and Details by Stephen W. Ramsden

Object Name AR11040
Object Type Solar Active Region and related Sunspots
Location Atlanta, GA –Jon Wood Observatory
Date 14 Jan 2010

The purple image is my interpretation of the Calcium K Line emissions from AR11040
The tan image is my sketch of the remaining Sunspot Group 1040 seen in white light
Conte chalks, pastels/Artagain paper, LUNT Solar Systems B1800 Cak Filter module on an Explore Scientific 127mm ED refractor.
I would strongly encourage all the solar photographers out there to give sketching a try. It gives you unique insights that cannot be caught on film. Thanks Stephen Ames and Erika for inspiration.

Stephen W. Ramsden

January 14, 2010 Sun

Sun - Jan 14, 2010
Sun – January 14, 2010, 2038 – 2200 UT
Sketch and Details by Erika Rix

2010 Jan 14, 2038UT – 2200UT
Solar h-alpha and white light, AR1040, Cycle 24

PCW Memorial Observatory, Zanesville, Ohio USA – Erika Rix

DS 60mm Maxscope, LXD75, ETX70-AT w/tilt plate, 21-7mm Zhumell
H-alpha sketch created scopeside with black Canson paper, white Conte’ crayon and pencil, white Prang watercolor pencil, Derwent charcoal pencil, black oil pencil. White light sketch created scopeside with white copy paper, #2 pencil, 0.5mm mechanical pencil.

Sketches were rotated and flipped to match standard solar orientation. West is to the right and north is to the top.

Temp: 1.8°C-10.7°C, Humidity 61%-30%
Seeing: Wilson 4, Transparency: 3/6
Light cirrus, calm, Alt: 15.4, Az: 223.8

The Sun and AR1035

Sun (AR1035)
Sun (AR1035)
Sketch and details by Michael Rosolina

Here are a pair of white light observations I made of a new Solar Cycle 24 active region which suddenly appeared on the solar disk on December 14th. One can see that these areas of solar activity are changing constantly as they rotate with the Sun. The sunspot group spans a distance from east to west of about nine Earth diameters or 72,000 miles/116,000 km.

The sketches were done in the field with 2B and HB graphite pencils. I viewed the Sun through handheld image stabilized binoculars with homemade filters over the objectives. Remember: NEVER look at the Sun unless you have approved solar filters covering the objective end of your telescope or binoculars or you are using a solar telescope designed for that purpose.

The Sun and AR 1035
Star and active region
White Sulphur Springs, WV USA
16 and 17 December 2009

Michael Rosolina

Sunspots on the Edge

Sunspots on the Edge

Active Region 1027 on October 29th, 2009
Sketch and Details by Fred Burgeot

* object : solar spot 1027.
* location : Vendée, France.
* date : 29/10/2009 at 14H15 TU.

Sketch made with graphite pencils (2H to 4B) on white paper. The telescope used is a 16″ Newtonian, equiped with Baader Astrosolar filter, magnification 175X with binoviewer.
It was made during afternoon, when the seeing conditions are currently better than in the morning.
Because of the proximity of the edge, a bright zone appears surrounding the spot group itself.

Best regards,
Fred Burgeot.

Anatomy of an Active Region

Anatomy of an Active Region

Solar Active Region 11029 on October 25, 2009
Sketch and Details by Stephen Ames

Subject: AR 11029
Crayola Cerulean for plage
Conti White pencil for filament
white 20# paper with Aqua Green disk
I scan into photoshop and invert.

Blue skies,

Stephen Ames

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Three Days of AR 1024

Three Days of AR 1024

Active Region 1024 over a three day period
Sketch and Details by Balázs Benei

Name: Group 1024
Type: Sunspot
Location: Gyöngyös, Hungary
Date: 6-9th July 2009.

These are my first sketches of our star. Everybody is very happy that the Sun is waking up and shows us these spots. It was very interesting to observe the changes of the group, now they are invisible for us.
My equipment: 110/800 (4′) Newtonian reflector, 2x barlow, 10mm eyepiece, 160x magnification.

Yours sincerely
Balázs Benei

The Sun is Waking Up

The Sun is Waking Up

The white light Sun on July 6th, 2009
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Cieśla

White Light Sun 2

The Sun through a Baader Filter on July 6th, 2009
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Cieśla

The Sun is Waking Up

The Sun on July 6th, 2009
Sketch and Details by Aleksander Cieśla

I think the Sun is waking up 🙂 This is sketch of the last Sun-spots.
Object: Sun and sunspots
Scope: Schmidt-Cassegrain 5″ with Antares W70 25mm and LVW 13mm
Filters: Sun filter Baader ND 5 and Baader Moon & Skyglow
Place: Poland, Wrocław – near city center
Weather: Bad. Seeing: 1/5. Transparency: 1/5. Light clouds.
Date: 6th July 2009
Technigue: Graphite pencil
Tooling: GIMP 2