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Woensdag 4 januari 2012 is Jan Timmermans overleden.
On Wednesday 4th January 2012, Jan Timmermans sadly passed away.



Jan Timmermans

Died January 4, 2012 during the Quadrantids meteor shower, a celestial light show to welcome him to the Heaven in which he had total faith.

Jan was one of the Elders of QCUIAG and was there from the early days, learning, advancing, teaching and encouraging other astronomers who were part of the exciting revolution of using unconventional and low cost devices for astronomical imaging. He mastered the techniques and then set about passing on his knowledge to other members of our group. Jan was quick to praise and quick to offer constructive criticism as many a novice and experienced astronomer discovered.

Jan travelled to the United Kingdom to attend two conferences of QCUIAG and I was honoured to meet him in 2004 at Milton Keynes. Here are a few photographs from that occasion showing him in his element, listening, discussing and explaining techniques of astronomical imaging with other enthusiasts.

One of Jan's contributions to astronomy was to set up and maintain an astronomical website second to none. If anyone wanted to know something, they would go to Jan's website where they would find advice, tutorials, explanations and a myriad of wonderful astronomical images.

The last image that Jan posted to his website was a 'Full Solar Disk [Imaged in White Light] November 15, 2011 11:14 UT'. His last posting to the QCUIAG forum was on December 10th 2011 and he signed off in his familiar way: Groetjes/greetings from The FIRMAMENT Observatory. Jan Timmermans N 51.363 E 5.4622 (Valkenswaard - The Netherlands) <><. With the name of his observatory and website as well as the sign of the fish, Jan proudly proclaimed his humble, Christian beliefs. The title words of his website are
The Firmament, as respectfully observed by a Dutch backyard astronomer. <><
This is a Christian site and shows with respect, the work of God's fingers <><

A clear reference to Psalm 8 and a simple proclamation of his faith.

It will fall to others to write an obituary for Jan of a different kind. I knew him as an astronomer and colleague in our exciting revolution and I write this at his own request. Jan Timmermans was a good man, a family man and a valued member of our QCUIAG family of astronomers. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.Vaarwel mijn oude vriend. Kunt u genieten van het Firmament uit de eerste hand.


Steve Wainwright




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During the winter months the sun is too low for me to image, so I have to wait till mid February when the sun clears the roof of my home again and hits The Firmament Observatory.
Due to health problems I will hardly use my Mobile Solar Imaging Setup; for the same reason I have suspended imaging the solar system and the deep sky at night.


Full Solar Disk [Imaged in White Light]
November 15, 2011 11:14 UT.
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Sunspot AR11346 with Filament
November 15, 2011 11:06 UT.
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Sunspots AR11346 and AR11347 with Prominence Group
November 15, 2011 11:04 - 11:05 UT.
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Sunspots AR11349, AR11343, AR11342, AR11348 and AR11341with Filaments
November 15, 2011 11:02 UT.
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A Long Filament 45.5x Earth or 580.000 km [approx.]
November 15, 2011 10:54 UT.
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Sunspot AR11339 with Faculae [imaged in White Light]
November 4, 2011 11:26 UT.
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Sunspot AR11338 [imaged in White Light]
November 4, 2011 11:21 UT.
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Sunspots AR11339, AR11337 and AR11336 with Filaments
November 4, 2011 10:10 UT.
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Sunspots AR11334 and AR11336 with Filaments
November 4, 2011 10:09 UT.
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Sunspot AR11338 with Filaments and Prominences
November 4, 2011 10:07 - 10:08 UT.
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Sunspots AR11339 and AR11338 with Prominence
November 4, 2011 10:05 UT.
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Sunspots AR11332 and AR11334 with Filaments, Prominences and a ‘FilaProm’
November 4, 2011 10:02 - 10:03 UT.
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Sunspot AR11338 with Filaments and Prominences
November 2, 2011 10:10 UT.
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Sunspots AR11337, AR11336, AR11335 and AR11334 with Filaments
November 2, 2011 10:08 UT.
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Sunspots AR11334, AR11332 and AR11330 with Filaments and Prominence
November 2, 2011 10:07 UT.
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Sunspots AR11339, AR11337, AR11336 and AR11338 with Filaments and Prominences
November 2, 2011 10:04 - 10:05 UT.
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Sunspot AR11336 and a new Sunspot at the Rimwith Filaments and Prominences
November 1, 2011 09:51 - 09:52 UT.
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Sunspots AR11332, AR11333 and AR11330 with Filaments
November 1, 2011 09:51 UT.
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The rather quiet West
November 1, 2011 09:48 - 09:49 UT.
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Sunspots AR11337, AR11336, AR11335 and AR11334 with Filaments and Prominences
November 1, 2011 09:44 - 09:47 UT.
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