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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 PDB
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: LuSol Guiding software
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: LuSol Guiding software

Martin, I have the AZ_EQ5, that one is equipped with an USB port (with built-in FTDI chip) so I use a standard USB cable. (Type A -> B) An EQDIR cable connected to the port on the mount (where I suppose you now connect the WIFI) should also work. (But you need an EQDIR cable, a normal serial cable a...
by PDB
Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: LuSol Guiding software
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: LuSol Guiding software

Martin, I was able to do some real test today. Connected Lusol to the synscan app and the zwo cam, did calibration and then did guided and unguided test. (had to change the track rate to Lunar instead of Solar to force guiding errors more quickly). Lusol and Synscan app seemed to work just fine, and...
by PDB
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:36 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST solar telescope
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST solar telescope

Yes, that is the one but as you can see on this image the protective window is in the back parts that you need to unscrew to place the part. (other cams have that over the sensor) So you need an extra filter at least for dust protection.
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Paul
by PDB
Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:23 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST solar telescope
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST solar telescope

Mark,

suppose you mean ZWO's low profile nosepiece. That is prohlematic on an ASI174. (seems then you need to remove the protective window)
ZWO says: "PS: this new cover can not hold the protect window of ASI174MM/MC, so you need an external 1.25″ filter"

Paul
by PDB
Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: LuSol Guiding software
Replies: 6
Views: 96

Re: LuSol Guiding software

Hello Martin, downloaded the trial version to give it a try, but will have to wait for the weather to improve. So I tested against the synscan app in emulator mode and could see RA & DEC figures change when applying the manual guide corrections. So in theory it should work, but need to connect to a ...
by PDB
Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Citizen Science
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Citizen Science

Lots of talking about the subject earlier this year so here is a chance: https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/6800 ... vember-11/

Paul
by PDB
Tue Sep 24, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Alignment procedure for EQ6-R Pro question
Replies: 8
Views: 358

Re: Alignment procedure for EQ6-R Pro question

Hello Franco, Never understood "solar align" for a mount. Isn't that just the same as just slewing to the sun (from the goto planet button) and then align with the control keys. I had to do something to make "Sun" appear as object under the planet button, but can't remember what. (think this was int...
by PDB
Wed Aug 28, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Weekend Sunshine and OaCapture testing for Apple
Replies: 13
Views: 547

Re: Weekend Sunshine and OaCapture testing for Apple

Good job Alexancra. FD's are great. I used oaCapture for a while on unix machines. (but switched to windows again where I got better USB performance) Overall it is a very good capture software considering it seems to be about the only one for an Apple :) and at least I know James so maybe I can get ...
by PDB
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Basler FireCapture settings?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Basler FireCapture settings?

Hi,

don't have a Basler cam myself but there some info on Christian Villadrich's pages : http://www.astrosurf.com/viladrich/astr ... ndree.html

P.
by PDB
Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:01 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Quark Users
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: Quark Users

You are right Mark. This looks strange. The hatches also look unsharp (like something in the image train), so this seems different from what I have seen with my cam. (Should have looked it bit better at the image. Maybe time for new glasses)

P
by PDB
Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Quark Users
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: Quark Users

Hi Stu, Sony ICX178 or ICX183 chipped camera? With a 178 I get crosshatches that are visible in the image, depending on the zoom level; (They are there but getting more pronounced on certain zoom levels). This happens in narrow band imaging (small pixels, microlenses ...?) Never had it on the ASI120...
by PDB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: 10 improvements to my solar telescope set up
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: 10 improvements to my solar telescope set up

That's a great video and setup Daniel. Specially liked: - the 90° gearboxes for the motor focus. Never would have come with that idea. - that you can handle 3 cameras in parallel. Your laptop / USB is very good Can you also record in parallel or does that slow framerates? Maybe an 11 th improvement....
by PDB
Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Basler Camera assistance
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: Basler Camera assistance

According to FireCapture website the Pylon SDK needs to be installed. (It's mentioned in the instruction video on FC's site). Don't think that is part of the Pylon Software suite.

Paul
by PDB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Cycle 25 Bright Points
Replies: 12
Views: 707

Re: Cycle 25 Bright Points

Valery wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:30 am
Thanks, Mark for your detailed info.

I still do not see any cycle 25 evidences in my telescope in Ha.

When will we see even pores related to C25?

Valery
Yesterday some evidence but very short visibility

http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?vie ... &year=2019
by PDB
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:50 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Flats from near full disk?
Replies: 18
Views: 891

Re: Flats from near full disk?

The holy grail indeed ... I am surprised it even worked good, except for the solar edges. There is also some limb darkening effect that will "ruin" the flats (but maybe it helps to remove the gradient towards the limb?) Now I would try either one of the following: - Take the flats with the plastic b...
by PDB
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: All things nice
Replies: 22
Views: 831

Re: All things nice

Hi Alexandra,

Good captures (and animation). I noticed these as well on Friday and it was indeed spectacular. For a short time these were even visible (very bright) almosts straight up. (Maybe 20 minutes, then only at lower degrees) Had no camera within reach. Pitty

Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:46 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: All things nice
Replies: 10
Views: 528

Re: All things nice

Hi Alexandra,

Good captures (and animation). I noticed these as well on Friday and it was indeed spectacular. For a short time these were even visible (very bright) almosts straight up. (Maybe 20 minutes, then only at lower degrees) Had no camera within reach. Pitty

Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:41 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2 small spots
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: 2 small spots

Thanks everyone.
Weather (cloud layyers) did not really permit to follow these. (Which were classified as AR2742 &2743)

Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2 small spots
Replies: 11
Views: 557

Re: 2 small spots

Mark,

setup was:
Baader ND3.8 -> C8 -> Solar Continuum -> UV/IR -> ASI178MM (stacked 10 frames)

Regards

Paul
by PDB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2 small spots
Replies: 11
Views: 557

2 small spots

The left one emerged already yesterday, so think we can call it a spot.
As seen today (24-06) with some high thin clouds obstructing good views.
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Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: SharpCap overlaying a rippled filter effect?
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: SharpCap overlaying a rippled filter effect?

Just one more question: the 120 is it a 120MC or 120MC-S (usb2 vs usb3) The USB2 (older) models deviated a bit from USB standards (something with buffer sizes, made it very fast even on USB2). On W7 this was not an issue, but from user reports I read this sometimes cause problems on W10 due to stric...
by PDB
Mon Jun 24, 2019 5:59 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: SharpCap overlaying a rippled filter effect?
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: SharpCap overlaying a rippled filter effect?

Hello, don't think this is the same as the "cross-hatches" seen with the ASI178 & 183. (These will change if you zoom-in or zool-out). If FireCapture does not find the camera, there must be something wrong with the camera installation. For the ASI 120 there have been different drivers in the past. (...
by PDB
Mon Jun 17, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Omni xlt 120mm and quark
Replies: 8
Views: 557

Re: Omni xlt 120mm and quark

For Maks & SCT's you will need a cool front ERF . (Baader, Aries ...) Without it, too much heat will build up in the tube and reflected from primary to secondary mirror. You risc melting (if plastic parts) or secondary coming of (if glued) You can't work with an UV/IT in front of the mirror. Of cour...
by PDB
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:44 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: How bring ASI174MM in focus with PST

Hello Jordan, I don't have a ASI174 but had a look at the documentation: https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/product/asi174mm There might be a way shortening the backfocus by removing the T2 ring, but then you will need to find a nosepiece with inner T2 thread (the supplied one has outer T2 thread....
by PDB
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Omni xlt 120mm and quark
Replies: 8
Views: 557

Re: Omni xlt 120mm and quark

Impossible to get full disc with that scope and standard Quark. The blocking filter only allows full disc view with scopes with fl ~400mm. (I have a 80mm f/6 -> 480mm FL, does not give me full disc either, FL just a tad to long) An UV/IR (best a 2") in front of the Quark will do. Better a Baader 35n...