Amateur customer captures solar streaks in incredible detail . Amateur solar-photographer Dave Tyler, 71, used a 5-inch refracting telescope equipped with a hydrogen-alpha solar filter Shows a ‘filament’ – a snapped magnetic field, appearing to give the sun a facial expression. The sun’s fiery surface is captured in incredible detail from 93 million miles away. The stunning shot was taken by 71-year-old Dave Tyler, a photographer and amateur astronomer.
Like many of us Mr Tyler has the odd pot plant and a shed in his back garden. But, where we might have the compost heap or a vegetable patch, he has installed a 5-inch refracting telescope, equipped with a hydrogen-alpha solar filter. The filter allows him to safely observe and photograph the high-energy activity on our nearest star. Mr Tyler said: ‘When you look at the Sun you are looking at a star in high-magnification and detail – it is fascinating. It is about understanding our existence and our place in the solar system.’
Mr Tyler, from High Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, pieced together thousands of frames using computer software to create the picture.
What appear to be bursts of flame are known as filaments – when huge masses of superheated plasma jump off the Sun’s surface.
They are formed by short-lived magnetic loops hundreds of thousands of miles long that hold dense gas suspended thousands of miles above the 6,000C surface of the Sun.
The white ‘clouds’ around the filament are breaks in the magnetic field.
Dave, a retired CAD mechanical designer, imaged the sun over 5 days.
Nasa has also produced its own version of Dave’s images – but relies on an orbiting spacecraft to capture its shots of activity on the sun’s surface.
David Tyler poses with the 5-inch refracting telescope equipped with a hydrogen alpha filter used to capture images of the sun in High Wycombe
71 year-old David Tyler build his own observatory to house his five inch telescope