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Is the Solar minimum really over?

4 Apr 2010, 03:49 UTC
Is the Solar minimum really over?
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I finally had the weather and the time to take my scopes out.Good thing too cuz they were getting cabin fever I think?! :
Having not had the scope out since November 8th ,spring suddenly came and went with temps in the 70s and 80sF for the most part.Winds were a bit breezy out of the south at 10-15 knots with slightly higher gusts.The skies were clear with the exception of some high thin clouds that made observing the sun in H-alpha a little more forgiving.I have had probs in the past with the Coronado PST as the focus is limited and the program I use doesn’t have very good imaging settings.

So….my question is; is the solar minimum really over and is the sun on the upward climb towards solar maximum?
Below are a couple images that I took yesterday with a Meade LPI and Coronado PST.I am still inside the learning curve with the PST and cant help but think I had some blind luck getting decent images.It also helps that the skies were murky cuz I think i would have been dealing with over exposures and bad focusing.I have been doing my homework about imaging with the ...

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