October 27 2013
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This video document is the capture of an optical solar flare along with its radio reception. I'm not sure, but this merging of the radio and optical into one instrument might be a first in science.
This was an impulsive xray flare originating in active region #1875. The flare generated strong Type V solar radio emissions that my radio telescope received at 28 MHz and 21.1 MHz. The optical view is the Sun recorded in the hydrogen-alpha wavelength at 656.28 nm. The telescope is a 50 mm double stack with a bandpass of .5 angstroms.
As the video begins you can hear a radio operator keying Morse code on the 28 MHz channel. As the flare gains force the terrestrial radio reception is supplanted thoroughly with solar flare emission and drowns out the Morse code until the burst subsides and the keying returns.
More various observations at heliotown.com
Thomas Ashcraft | Heliotown | New Mexico