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Looping Flare from New Mexico


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Here is a fortuitous solar shot I caught on May 14 of a flare loop from sunspot AR 11748 on the eastern limb of the disk. Sunspot 11745 is the big one toward the center that shot off some X-class flares in the previous weeks. Seeing was not too good that afternoon with quite a bit of surface wind and high level haziness. I was using my new Point Grey Grasshopper USB 3.0 camera and my Lunt 80mm solar scope - the best 10% of 1000 frames.


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I appreciate the comment, Marcel. Like I said, I was quite lucky to catch this because it was not visible through the eyepiece and I didn't know I had captured it until I processed the image later. If I had known what I was looking at, I would have taken more shots and tried for a time lapse sequence.

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