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by RTJoe
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Realtime Seeing Filter idea - to benefit Altair GPCAM / Hypercam owners and others
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: Realtime Seeing Filter idea - to benefit Altair GPCAM / Hypercam owners and others

Hi, Basically the Nick’s idea could be solved with a FireCapture plugin, very similar to the SSM plugin. The only problem might be how to choose the detection area because the plugin interface currently does not offer the possibility to get something like a region of interest. On the other hand Chri...
by RTJoe
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

I'm wondering about filtering; Seykora's article mentions using filters which gave 220 nm FWHM at 510 nm. If the SSM is used during an Hα imaging session, shouldn't we e.g. slap a red filter on the diode to give more meaningful seeing values? Would there be any noticeable difference anyway? Some mo...
by RTJoe
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:48 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hi Marty, the capacitor I have linked is a film capacitor, these capacitors are nonpolarized by nature. The capacitor you have linked is an electrolytic nonpolarized (bi-polar) capacitor, that means actually two polarized capacitors in series. I guess both capacitors should work, but I'm no expert a...
by RTJoe
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello, I guess the parts you have selected should work, but here is some information about the parts I have used: This is the 3.3 uF non-polar capacitor I have used: http://www2.mouser.com/ProductDetail/WIMA/MKS2B043301H00KSSD/?qs=%2fha2pyFaduhtOIJcL3Z52ULWPdT5TCakaZYaOjv2LT6e2va%252bpOh28XDLXjc8zLm...
by RTJoe
Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello, plugin version v0.92 is released now. This version now "officially" supports the SSM from AiryLab in FireCapture. Thanks to user rxdeath for testing: SSSMonScr_AiryLab.jpg One main addition is the new chart window with graphical plot of the seeing values. This windows is a FireCapture window,...
by RTJoe
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello! Then I processed the recorded AVI with AVIStack2, which is able to export the image quality data to a CSV file (usually I use AutoStakkert, but I have not found a possibility to export the quality graph).Joachim Good point; I'll add it to Stackistry in the next release (coming soon). Great i...
by RTJoe
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hi Paul, you are right, the results of the Nano version are strange while the results of the Mega version seem to be reasonable. I also have discovered the lowered voltage for USB powered Nano, but this should not make a (big) difference because the measures are normalized to the measured intensity....
by RTJoe
Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hi Paul, same with me, I'm also in the software business. Fortunately embedded software... Some hints: - It's really necessary to have full(!) sunlight for testing. I was very surprised of the very small change of voltage at pin 1 of LMC6484 when holding the "flashlight" led of a smartphone 1-2cm in...
by RTJoe
Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello Paul,

sorry for the confusion caused by using A1 and A2 instead of A0 and A1. I should add a comment into the sketch. My intention was to keep A0 free, because the LCD keypad shield 1602 uses A0.

Wish you a lot of sunshine for testing!

Best regards,
Joachim
by RTJoe
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:31 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello Paul, yes, I have used a shielded cable. The part you have seen in the pictures above was just a small piece from the board to an RCA socket at the housing. I have just build another device and you can see the cable on the image: IMG_2127.JPG From the RCA socket I use a standard video cable to...
by RTJoe
Mon Oct 17, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: New FC plugin for solar flare detection
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: New FC plugin for solar flare detection

Hi Alexandra,

it does come with a cloud filter for the X-Ray flux sensor. You only need a cloud filter for your scope… ;)

Joachim
by RTJoe
Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Many thanks to AiryLab - they have already send me information about the protocol!

I will add support for the SSM into the FireCapture plugin soon. Would somebody who already owns an AiryLab SSM please volunteer to test the software? I have the DIY device only.

Joachim
by RTJoe
Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Hi Mark, the plugin currently supports a “DIY” protocol for communication with the DIY SSSMon only. I guess it would be easy to extend the FireCapture plugin for the Airylab SSM, because it’s also Arduino based and I assume it also uses a serial protocol on USB. But I don’t know whether Airylab want...
by RTJoe
Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: New FC plugin for solar flare detection
Replies: 3
Views: 358

New FC plugin for solar flare detection

Hello, today I would like to introduce a new FireCapture plugin for solar flare detection. This plugin provides automated image recording sessions (e.g. for time-lapse imaging) based on the current X-ray flux. It uses flux data of the GOES satellite provided by the Space Weather Prediction Center (h...
by RTJoe
Mon Sep 05, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

Re: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Hello Valery, thank you for your comments. Average and best seeing calculation should be no problem. I will evaluate the possibilities how to use the values. It’s easy to display the values and to create a special log file for the plugin. It would be more convenient if the measures could be logged i...
by RTJoe
Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor
Replies: 9
Views: 1378

FC plugin for DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor

Hello, meanwhile I have developed a plugin for the new plugin interface of FireCapture. The plugin requires the DIY Seeing Monitor described in this topic: https://solarchatforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=16746 . http://www.joachim-stehle.de/astro/PluginInterface.jpg This plugin provides the following fun...
by RTJoe
Thu Aug 27, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello! The DIY SSSM is making progress and before readers with less interest in the evaluation of the measurements stop reading, I would like to start with a question regarding Firecapture: I have some problems when trying to resume a paused recording with keyboard commands. My software controls Fir...
by RTJoe
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello Robert,

thank you for this kind offer, it would be great to compare the results of both photodiodes! :D

Joachim
by RTJoe
Tue Jul 28, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hi Robert It’s really difficult to get the sensor used in the original project. I have currently replaced it by a BPW34 and also replaced the 220 ohm feedback resistor by a 2K variable resistor to get about 1V output. Meanwhile I have switched to a soldered board and an Arduino Nano: SSSM04.JPG Curr...
by RTJoe
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:04 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

Re: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Thank you for your comments.

Valery:This will be a very useful feature. I will implement it soon.

Joachim
by RTJoe
Fri Jul 03, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support
Replies: 113
Views: 13059

DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor with FC support

Hello Here is my first prototype of a DIY Solar Scintillation Seeing Monitor (based on https://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/physics/upload/An-Inexpensive-Solar-Scintillation-Seeing-Monitor-Circuit-with-Arduino-Interface-final2.pdf ). It's currently build on an Arduino prototype board to check basic functional...
by RTJoe
Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:15 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Missing filter in Coronado Solarmax II 90?
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Missing filter in Coronado Solarmax II 90?

Alexandra, thank you for the warm welcome! :D I have already made some pictures of this scope/camera combination before installing the MoonLite focuser, but the quality is not really good because I'm usually too lazy to leave my balcony with very bad seeing caused by the heated roofs of the neighbor...
by RTJoe
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Missing filter in Coronado Solarmax II 90?
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Missing filter in Coronado Solarmax II 90?

Hello! Before starting with my question, I would like to introduce myself. As Walter has already noticed (thank you for the friendly welcome :D ), I'm a new member on this site. Since some months I was already following the discussions and have learned a lot (special thanks for the "flat bag" hint)....
by RTJoe
Tue Jun 16, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ZWO 174 connection problems
Replies: 8
Views: 505

Re: ZWO 174 connection problems

Hi Brian,

I can confirm this problem. My 3m USB3 cable (not a cheap one) causes a lot of lost frames. The original (short) cable supplied with the camera works fine.

Has anyone success with a powered USB3 hub? The short cable is really inconvenient to use.

Thanks in advance for any information!