Photographing or observing the Sun without approved Solar Filters can lead to permanent eye damage or blindness. Never use eyepiece solar filters supplied with cheap telescopes!!
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Active Region #1158, 15 February 2011.
NexImage through 4.5" f8 reflector, Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter.
Partial solar eclipse from Viti Levu, Fiji, South Pacific, 22 July 2009. Canon 400D, 200mm, Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter.
Animation of a thin graze as the Sun sets, partial solar eclipse, 26 January 2009. Canon 400D through MTO 10.5/1100 mirror lens, Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter.
Active Region #1029, 28 October 2009. NexImage through 4.5" f8 reflector & 2x Barlow, Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter.
Transit of Mercury,
8 November 2006.
This was one of my first attempts at astrophotography, taken with a basic point & shoot digital camera. The large spot near the limb at about 11 o'clock is a sunspot. Mercury is the tiny spot towards the right of the disk.
I masked off one binocular objective, set the binoculars at the top of a long cardboard box and projected an image of the Sun onto a white sheet of paper at the base of the box. I then photographed the image with the camera, hand-held.
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This montage of the 11 July 2010 total solar eclipse won an Honorable Mention in the 2011 David Malin Awards. Imaged from the freighter Aranui 3, at sea in the Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia. Canon 400D, partial phases through Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter.
Sunspots, 22:35, 27 March 2008 UT
Canon 400D, afocal through 4.5" f8 reflector with Celestron X-Cel 21mm eyepiece, full-aperture Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter
Active Regions (l-r) 10987, 10988, 10989. 00:30, 26 March 2008 UT
Celestron NexImage webcam through 4.5" f8 reflector with full-aperture Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter
Partial Solar Eclipse, 7 February 2008
Canon 400D through MTO 10.5/1100 mirror lens & full-aperture Baader AstroSolar Safety Film filter. False colour added in Photoshop
"Bushfire Sun" setting, 19 February 2009.
Dense smoke from Victoria's deadly bushfires turns the Sun an eerie flouro colour as it drops to the horizon.
Canon 400D, 200mm, 1/800 sec, ISO 200, F/7.1. Shot was unfiltered - not normally recommended for solar photography (see warning above)