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by rbenton
Fri Aug 03, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ISS Solar Transit with NO filter
Replies: 6
Views: 313

Re: ISS Solar Transit with NO filter

Matt, I live in El Dorado county which is mostly rural, and we get our fair share of fires. Yesterday there were two within sight of our house, prompting evacuation of our neighborhood. They knocked it down quickly and now it is out, but the smoke remains. I shot this with a Celestron Omni XLT 127 (...
by rbenton
Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ISS Solar Transit with NO filter
Replies: 6
Views: 313

ISS Solar Transit with NO filter

I wanted to shoot this ISS transit yesterday, and had everything ready to go. But here in northern California I am surrounded by the many wildfires burning simultaneously, and there is so much smoke/haze in the atmosphere I was able to make a video and this composite photo with no filter at all. Her...
by rbenton
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:30 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Nice little prom today 4/11/18
Replies: 8
Views: 524

Re: Nice little prom today 4/11/18

gorgeous!
by rbenton
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Stephen Hawking
Replies: 4
Views: 470

Stephen Hawking

I am a photojournalist, and when people ask me what my favorite photo assignments have been, the first one I recall is when I spent the entire day with Stephen Hawking in 2003. I meet plenty of famous people in my job, but he was the first subject I met who made me feel 'star-struck.' Spending time ...
by rbenton
Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Travel to the sun - for free. Anyone interested ?
Replies: 9
Views: 677

Re: Travel to the sun - for free. Anyone interested ?

I'd like to request a window seat, if possible. :P
by rbenton
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 1st March disk
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: 1st March disk

Thank you very much Robert. I'll give it a try.

Randall Benton
www.randallbenton.com
by rbenton
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 1st March disk
Replies: 14
Views: 836

Re: 1st March disk

I love the quality of your FD images. So evenly exposed, with just enough limb darkening to look spherical. It also looks like you are not combining two images (surface/proms) but I still see detail in both. Could you share how you get this look?
Still learning.

Randall Benton
www.randallbenton.com
by rbenton
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: How do I make and use 'Flat Frames"
Replies: 3
Views: 374

How do I make and use 'Flat Frames"

Forgive me if this topic has already been addressed, but I haven't been able to find it on my own here. I would appreciate it if anyone could point me to a thorough tutorial on how to make, and implement 'flat frames' when imaging full discs in Ha. If it helps, I have a Lunt LS100 w/DSII. I use Fire...
by rbenton
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:50 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Holiday Aurora borealis
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Holiday Aurora borealis

I loved Mark Townley's aurora photos, but more remarkable, I was in Borgarnes, Iceland - just a few kilometers north of him. My family chose to meet in Iceland for the week of Christmas. I was up late every night hoping for aurora action without any luck until Christmas night. Then on the 26th it wa...
by rbenton
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:57 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What are these things called?
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: What are these things called?

Sensational image, Bruce!
by rbenton
Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Wah!'s solar eclipse photos
Replies: 22
Views: 2395

Re: Wah!'s solar eclipse photos

Fantastic work! Would you share your method of image capture, and of the image processing? I love how the final image looks. Great work.

Randall Benton
by rbenton
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:47 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: ImPPG for color images?
Replies: 1
Views: 469

ImPPG for color images?

I hope this is the right forum for this question. I currently use ImPPG to sharpen stacked Ha images. It appears to only handle monochrome images. Does anyone know of a similar app that can handle color images?

Thanks,

Randall Benton
www.randallbenton.com
by rbenton
Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: About ACHF solar corona processing
Replies: 4
Views: 790

Re: About ACHF solar corona processing

I have admired his work for several years but I think his method is unique to him. It appears to be a computer process he has developed but (so far at least) not shared openly with the general public. Perhaps still a work in progress. In any event, his results are absolutely stunning. I dare say, "p...
by rbenton
Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Doublestack H-Alpha, next try. Questions about polarising filters.
Replies: 12
Views: 810

Re: Doublestack H-Alpha, next try. Questions about polarising filters.

If you are looking for a high transmission Polarizing filter, B+W makes a very good one that you can see here: https://www.schneideroptics.com/ecommerce/CatalogItemDetail.aspx?CID=2205&IID=10366 I used one on a double stacked Lunt LS100 to get rid of ghost images. Worked beautifully for that, with m...
by rbenton
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2672 on Aug 29, AR 2674 on Aug 30 with the 300 mm scope at St Veran
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: AR2672 on Aug 29, AR 2674 on Aug 30 with the 300 mm scope at St Veran

I was at Griffith Observatory a few months ago. They had a wonderful exhibit about the sun with several images displayed. One was of sunspots in WL and the info claimed it was as detailed as possible. These (and several others like it on this forum) are FAR superior than the Griffith examples. Simpl...
by rbenton
Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Got lucky today
Replies: 3
Views: 328

Re: Got lucky today

I was at Griffith Observatory a few months ago. They had a wonderful exhibit about the sun with several images displayed. One was of sunspots in WL and the info claimed it was as detailed as possible. These (and several others like it on this forum) are FAR superior than the Griffith examples. Simpl...
by rbenton
Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Eclipse White Light Images
Replies: 13
Views: 1310

Re: Eclipse White Light Images

Beautiful images! I love how sharp and detailed they are. Can you share what equipment you used, and how you shot these?

Randall Benton
by rbenton
Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Wyoming Totality
Replies: 8
Views: 932

Re: Wyoming Totality

I am actually encouraged to hear that others struggled in the tense moments as I did. Here is what I was endeavoring to do: Use an Ha telescope to get images of the partial phases Use a long telephoto lens to get bracketed exposures of totality. I have a special application on a laptop to control th...
by rbenton
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: My eclipse experience from Mitchell, OR
Replies: 8
Views: 883

My eclipse experience from Mitchell, OR

A solar eclipse is an indescribable experience. This was my fifth, and since it was close enough to drive to, I took ALL the gear I could fit into the Jeep. I knew I was trying too hard, and I expected something to fail. I didn't capture everything I was hoping for, but I am satisfied with a good bi...
by rbenton
Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Driving 12 hours for the eclipse?
Replies: 4
Views: 630

Re: Driving 12 hours for the eclipse?

I shot an eclipse in Kenya in 1980. I hired a driver to take me from Nairobi to Voi the morning of the eclipse. There was just a two-lane road and as far as I could see to the horizon was bumper-to-bumper traffic. The driver moved into the opposite lane and drove full speed in the wrong lane to arri...
by rbenton
Tue Aug 15, 2017 5:02 am
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: What is everyone going to image with?
Replies: 8
Views: 970

Re: What is everyone going to image with?

I have grossly overloaded myself. Lunt LS100 DS w/ZWO 1600 for partials, Nikon D810 w/600mm +1.4x for totality, another D810 for a multiple exposure image, a Nikon 1 J5 w/ 300mm for a time lapse video and two GoPro cameras for wide angle video. Plus a dram of Laphroaig and a Padron 1926 "80 year" to...
by rbenton
Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:29 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Where is best place within Totality Path?
Replies: 4
Views: 644

Re: Where is best place within Totality Path?

Alexandra and Robert are both correct. I have seen four total eclipses, and (because of the incredible nature of your eyes) the scene never seems as dark as a photographic record suggests. I tell people it gets about as dark as twilight – just dark enough to see some of the brighter stars. The horiz...
by rbenton
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:54 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Where is everyone headed ?
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Where is everyone headed ?

I am headed to Mitchell, Oregon. I saw my first total solar eclipse in February 1979 just 70 miles north or Mitchell in Maryhill, Washington. This will be my fifth total eclipse, having also seen them in Voi, Kenya 1980; Hula, Papua New Guinea 1984; and Todos Santos, Mexico in 1991. I am so excited,...
by rbenton
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Early doors sun 19/6/17
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Early doors sun 19/6/17

Beautiful images David! Could you describe what a 'plastic bag flat' is? How does this help your images? Thank you.

Randall Benton