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Transit of Mercury in the Spicule Layer. Phil took this great image with his Quantum 6 Scope, Solar Spectrum etalon and PGR Camera.

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by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury with a dying Quark
Replies: 6
Views: 67

Mercury with a dying Quark

I got Mercury but I had to deal with: -Removing shrubbery -Removing the roof of the observatory -Tying back 50' high tree branches -Morning clouds And worst of all...my Quark died (yes, Valery, I am sending it back). It never reached GREEN and had horrible contrast. That said, I did get some screen ...
by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 101

Re: Mercury-Solar Transit Mega Thread | Nov 11th 2019

Outstanding! Excellent details in all parts of the transit and each feature of the sun.
by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:08 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: SUN 11/11/2019
Replies: 7
Views: 53

Re: SUN 11/11/2019

Good catch
by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: transit Mercury several freq
Replies: 12
Views: 90

Re: transit Mercury several freq

Congrats!
by Starry Jack
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:44 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury run around
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Mercury run around

Winner of the English Mercury Marathon Run goes to...Alexandra!

Well done.
by Starry Jack
Sun Nov 10, 2019 2:50 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?
Replies: 22
Views: 331

Re: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?

I will post what I have done tomorrow. I have ropes on tree branches pulling them down, the roof of the observatory off, bushes trimmed,,,all for a few more minutes.
by Starry Jack
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Mercury Transit 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 243

Re: Mercury Transit 2016

Great share!
by Starry Jack
Sat Nov 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?
Replies: 22
Views: 331

Re: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?

StarDust,
I don’t know how to pick up a pre transit mercury.

I may have figured a way to pick up another ten minutes on my second time window...if I throw a rope with a grappling hook to a branch 50’ up and can bend it out of the way, I might extend my time.

The things we do!
by Starry Jack
Thu Nov 07, 2019 3:34 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?
Replies: 22
Views: 331

Re: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?

I have to laugh...I have been testing the timing of the event with my landscape...this led me to trimming some 20’ high vegetation on top of a very tall ladder. When I got back down after an hour of work I realized all I did was clear the telescope path to see the blocking palm trees on the neighbor...
by Starry Jack
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:26 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?
Replies: 22
Views: 331

Re: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?

I’m forecasted for sun. I will use 152mm stopped to 95mm and quark.
by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?
Replies: 22
Views: 331

Anybody going to catch the Mercury Transit?

I believe I will have a 10 minute and a 5 minute window to catch the transit when the local trees will not be in the way. The five minute window will be as Mercury touches the limb so maybe I will get a prom as well!
by Starry Jack
Tue Nov 05, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: How to locate the Dust Bunnies
Replies: 6
Views: 131

Re: How to locate the Dust Bunnies

I can't wait to attack the bunnies! Thanks all for the suggestions. Merlin, thanks for the extended narrative. You've pointed out several experiences I have very similar.
by Starry Jack
Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: How to locate the Dust Bunnies
Replies: 6
Views: 131

How to locate the Dust Bunnies

Where are these vicious little creatures? I have cleaned every optical surface I can think of and tried rotating every element in the optical train I can and I can't find the little beasties. D-ERF Objective lens Diagonal Quark 1st surface Quark 2nd surface UV/IR Cut Filter (both sides) Camera 2019-...
by Starry Jack
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Interference eliminator and tilt adjuster
Replies: 23
Views: 367

Re: Interference eliminator and tilt adjuster

I do believe I have some vignette for sure. I just did not have the funds.

BTW my unit is between the camera and quark not quark and telescope.
by Starry Jack
Fri Nov 01, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Interference eliminator and tilt adjuster
Replies: 23
Views: 367

Re: Interference eliminator and tilt adjuster

Egad. Now I worry I did not do it right! I have the $30 ZWO with thumb screws and got it working in about three minutes. Never touched it since and never have rings.
by Starry Jack
Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: LS 80 and 5x Powermate
Replies: 12
Views: 195

Re: LS 80 and 5x Powermate

Truly good work
by Starry Jack
Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunset Aurora 26th October
Replies: 12
Views: 161

Re: Sunset Aurora 26th October

Wowiwowiwwo
by Starry Jack
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:53 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Early morning session Brisbane Australia 24/10/2019
Replies: 13
Views: 234

Re: Early morning session Brisbane Australia 24/10/2019

Nice limb and disk for certain. And pool. Be right over.
by Starry Jack
Thu Oct 24, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Dark filament in 3-D through C8 telescope.
Replies: 8
Views: 203

Re: Dark filament in 3-D through C8 telescope.

Gorgeous, smooth processing with great contrast and details.
by Starry Jack
Thu Oct 24, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Animation test #2
Replies: 13
Views: 250

Re: Animation test #2

Sharp!!! 100gb...yikes
by Starry Jack
Tue Oct 22, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.
Replies: 41
Views: 935

Re: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.

Nice job, Gov. Glad to see IMPPG in your toolkit.
by Starry Jack
Sun Oct 20, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.
Replies: 41
Views: 935

Re: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.

Rusted, Your words cracked me up. I'm still chuckling When I find a moment I will add my favorite tutorial links. But as you noted, they were hard won. There is a sub forum here which has tutorials listedbbut is is pretty thin. Mark, Alexandra, The Great Attractor (creator of imPPG) and others all h...
by Starry Jack
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.
Replies: 41
Views: 935

Re: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.

Nice work, Phil. To make sure, asking for workflow is for a commonly available file such as what Alfred provided. Then the numbers and workflow are relevant. I would love for Valerie to post his raw sunspot file then his obviously lovely processing Regarding the Alfred file, I love the softer-then-m...
by Starry Jack
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.
Replies: 41
Views: 935

Re: Importance of the image restoration in the solar imaging.

Val, Your sunspot image is indeed amazing, but I think we'd love to see your workflow to get it. Recognizing that every optical train merits slightly different treatment, I'd love to see how you went from the Raw Image to Stacking to LR Decon (if you do) to PS/GIMP. Just a comment about using the un...