Sunspot AR1785 (astronomy Summer from+the+sky ). Photo by yooper90
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Sunspot AR1785

Uploaded by: yooper90

Monday July 8, 2013

Escanaba, MI (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Today I put my little point'n shoot camera to the biggest test of its life. With sunspot AR1785 facing Earth, I wanted to get a picture. I put it in "manual" mode, and lowered the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to their minimums. In addition to that I improvised a little more and shot through a welding helmet. To my surprise, the pictures actually didn't turn out bad! According to, AR1785 is one of the biggest sunspots of the current solar cycle at more than 11 Earth diameters

Image Description:

Manufacturer: Canon

Model: Canon PowerShot SX40 HS

Orientation: top - left

x-Resolution: 72.00

y-Resolution: 72.00

Resolution Unit: Inch

Software: Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.0 Windows

YCbCr Positioning: co-sited

Compression: JPEG compression

Exposure Time: 1/3200 sec.

FNumber: f/5.8

ISO Speed Ratings: 100

Exif Version: Unknown Exif Version

Components Configuration: Y Cb Cr -

Compressed Bits per Pixel: 3.00

Shutter speed: 11.66 EV (APEX: 56, 1/3227 sec.)

Aperture: 5.06 EV (f/5.8)

Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV

MaxApertureValue: 5.06 EV (f/5.8)

Metering Mode: Center-Weighted Average

Flash: Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode.

Focal Length: 150.5 mm

User Comment:

FlashPixVersion: FlashPix Version 1.0

Color Space: sRGB

PixelXDimension: 1337

PixelYDimension: 1090

Focal Plane x-Resolution: 16393.44

Focal Plane y-Resolution: 16393.44

Focal Plane Resolution Unit: Inch

Sensing Method: One-chip color area sensor

File Source: DSC

Custom Rendered: Normal process

Exposure Mode: Manual exposure

White Balance: Auto white balance

Digital Zoom Ratio: 1.00

Scene Capture Type: Standard

InteroperabilityIndex: R98

InteroperabilityVersion: 0100

RelatedImageWidth: 4000

RelatedImageLength: 3000

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6. IndianaJohn
1:49 PM GMT on October 05, 2013
Great picture and smart use of what's at hand.
You know, I had to use a combination of welding shades to result with a shade '18' to comfortably view the Venus Transit of The Sun last year.
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5. Crucescruiser
4:18 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
And here I thought it was the Moon that was made from green cheese!

Seriously, excellent capture.
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4. Luckystar
9:24 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Very beautiful capture! Thanks for the great info on how you accomplished this wonderful shot and on the sunspot. 10!
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3. yooper90
8:01 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Quoting eojyciuj:
Leave it to yooper ingenuity. Cool pic.

Indeed, when it comes to improvising and making due with what ya got, it's tough to beat a Yooper! ;-)
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2. eojyciuj
6:58 PM GMT on July 09, 2013
Leave it to yooper ingenuity. Cool pic.
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1. Outsideshot
1:29 AM GMT on July 09, 2013
Very cool indeed! Always worth trying new things if it doesn't work out delete, delete,delete.
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About yooper90


I live in the town of Escanaba, which is located in beautiful Yooperland, better known as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Summers here are short and cool, and the winters are not extremely cold but they sure are snowy in some areas! I love all aspects of life in the northwoods. I am not an avid photographer. In fact, I do all of my shooting with a slightly modified point and shoot Canon camera. Still, when the opportunity for a good shot presents itself, I try my best to take advantage. My favorite natural occurrence to photograph is the aurora.

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