July 4th Sun

Camera: Fuji X-T2
Exposure: 1/800
Aperture: f/18
Focal Length: 800mm Fuji 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR with Fuji 2.0x extender (~1200mm equivalent).
ISO: 400
Solar Filter: Marumi ND-100000

How about some nuclear fireworks for July 4th?  Interestingly we have a smooth, featureless sun (with my optical equipment at least) seen a few minutes ago on July 4th, 2017. No sunspots, at all which surprised me.  Apparently, our star the sun is in a period of the longest stretch with no sunspots since April 2010, indicating that the solar activity may be approaching a minimum.

I shot some sunspots some time ago to give you an idea of what they look like here.

2 Replies to “July 4th Sun”

  1. Inspired by your solar eclipse prep series, I have taken up the challenge of solar photography. I have found it difficult to determine when the image is in focus. When I get the images on the computer it seems hit or miss when it comes to a sharp image. Any hints on how best to do this using live view?

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