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sunny surprise with AR-1944

Have not been here in 2014, so first off: Happy New Year everybody!

Yesterday I went out to get some pictures taken of the huge sunspot AR-1944, which is said to be the largest in size for at least a decade. So, here it is:

Bigma+EC-14, 4 frames stacked, 35% crop
A first X-class flare was produced few hours later and will hit us tomorrow.

After some pics taken I had a look at the screen to see what I got - when something got my attention. The was a pair of aegyptian geese flapping through the sky - which is not uncommon - but there was also an other thing, which my brain first sorted into the 'Grey Heron' drawer, to get rid of it ...
But wait a second - and then it made click! I could not belive what was happening just now! Here I was with the camera firmly attached to the tripod, solar filter in place, mirror lock-up, self timer set, etc. etc. - everything so totaly wrong, that it took me at least 30s to ripp everything appart and get somewhere near a BIF-setup, so that I could take at least a record shot of the immature White-tailed Sea Eagle on his low flyby After I got it going he was a good 500m away and the subsequent shots are almost 100% crops because of that:



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This is only the second time in 25yrs that I had the good fortune to see one at my place - in situ, so to speak. But if you consider all the time I usually walk outside with camera gear set up for exactly such things to happen, the Sea Eagle made a really untimely apperence. Had I seen him 1min. earlier, I would have got full frame shots at <100m distance. But then, I saw him at least, which was great - and I have a story to tell

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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

An amazing achievement Falk ... both solar and avian!
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

Well captured Falk, That setup is obviously very capable.
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

That big sunspot : what effects will it be having on us down here? Electronic, magnetic ... ?
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

Impressive sunspot, or is it dirt on the sensor? Ah, of course not - I was forgetting this is the Olympus forum!
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

I plan to use my pinhole lens sometimes soon John. I don't do it often, because if I do, I get to see all the junk which actually IS on my sensor

Ulfric, the ejected high energy particles (mostly Protons) will cause brilliant polar lights - which should be nice - a good thing. But, the strong interaction with Earth magnetic field will cause high currents up in the atmosphere, which in turn might induce some in powerlines, shortcut electronics and some bad may can happen. Communication satellites may break down too. Or imagine all the GPS depending stuff nowadays

I just learned that Orbital Science 'Antares' rocket launch was canceld due to the solar storm activity! There you have it, a first victim. Here is a great website, which I visit often to keep me informed.
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

Great link, making a new tinfoil hat right now!
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Re: sunny surprise with AR-1944

I agree great shots and a great link. I watched the BBC stargazing programme tonight and was totally captivated. Raining here tonight but I've got my fingers crossed for the morning. Maybe wishful thinking but who knows maybe the aurora will get this far south.
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