Here are today’s solar images taken from Al Sadeem Observatory, December 18, 2020.
The sky was generally clear with intermittent light breeze which provided good transparency and seeing at the time these images were taken.
Space weather agencies* forecast solar activity to be at very low levels with chances of solar flares of B-class (possibly isolated C-class) intensity, mainly from upper-mentioned sunspot groups. Close monitoring is being conducted by numerous space weather agencies for any significant development.
Equipment used are Skywatcher 120mm refractor telescope with Baader filter and unmodified Canon EOS 1D Mark IV DSLR camera for visible imagery. For H-alpha imagery, the equipment used are Lunt 60mm H-alpha solar telescope, and QHYCCD 290III mono camera; all mounted on Skywatcher EQ6 pro mount Pre-processing of visible solar images was performed in PIPP, stacking in Autostakkert, slight wavelet adjustments in Registax 6, and post-processing in Adobe Photoshop CC.
*TECHNICAL REPORTS COURTESY OF SOLAR INFLUENCE DATA CENTER (SIDC), NOAA-SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER (NOAA-SWPC)
Weather Data (4:30 PM – 5:00 PM, December 18, 2020, from NCM Al Wathba Station):
Average Temperature: 26.07°C
Average Humidity: 25.33%
Average Wind Speed and Direction: 3.97 kph from NNEE
Average Cloud Cover: 0%
Average Air Pressure: 1007.53 hPa
Average Solar Radiation: 120.67 W/m^2