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by bart1805
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Easy PST Module with ERF (non-destructive, no cutting of OTA, & no-black-box rebuild)
Replies: 62
Views: 1116

Re: Easy PST Module with ERF (non-destructive, no cutting of OTA, & no-black-box rebuild)

Next I want to mod the new 10mm blocking filter to also be straight through to eliminate that mirror being in the imaging train. With the Coronado BF's, the part with the valuable BF is not threaded, it is just glued to the bottom of the eyepiece holder. First remove the BF itself. Then use heat to...
by bart1805
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Calcium Sun
Replies: 10
Views: 89

Re: Calcium Sun

Beautiful FD's Stu! How did you manage to make these great mosaics without a visible "stitch"?
by bart1805
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Plage Progression Through Cycle 24
Replies: 6
Views: 54

Re: Plage Progression Through Cycle 24

Really interesting Stu, what a nice project! Thanks, Bart.
by bart1805
Sun Oct 13, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Black 3.0
Replies: 0
Views: 11

Black 3.0

It seems that the paint I used for the inside of my telescopes, Berger Antireflexfarbe, can't be ordered anymore: http://www.astrogeraete.de/Antireflexfarbe.html TS offers now its own paint: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p8861_TS-Optics-Antireflexfarbe---matt...
by bart1805
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: PST modification - idiots guide
Replies: 28
Views: 541

Re: PST modification - idiots guide

Hi Alexandra, It all depends on the light path of the blocking filter you are going to use. With a Lunt diagonal, the distance between the back of the rubber ring of the etalon to the front edge of the diagonal is about 11 cm. If I look at your earlier pictures made with your C11, it seems that focu...
by bart1805
Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?
Replies: 30
Views: 844

Re: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?

allhoest wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:00 pm
Hi Bart.
I use to collimate during the day at the location where I travel to.
Can you collimate with the concentrer under daylight?
CS
Alex
Hi Alex,
Yes, that is no problem. Could the difference be that my telescope is a closed tube?
CS, Bart.
by bart1805
Tue Sep 24, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Features, High Res & FD | Sept 23rd 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Solar Features, High Res & FD | Sept 23rd 2019

MalVeauX wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:52 pm
bart1805 wrote:
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:23 pm
Why do you use a Gamma setting of 100?
Just to make it easier to see a high contrast to focus. Then turn gamma off and adjust as needed for histogram wanted.

Very best,
Interesting. I decrease Gamma to see more contrast, up the exposure a bit and focus. But if it works for you, don't change.
by bart1805
Tue Sep 24, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Features, High Res & FD | Sept 23rd 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 201

Re: Solar Features, High Res & FD | Sept 23rd 2019

Why do you use a Gamma setting of 100?
by bart1805
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:55 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Prom Sept.19th Quantum 6
Replies: 16
Views: 209

Re: Prom Sept.19th Quantum 6

Stunning pictures Phil! The Quantum works great and the images are beautifully processed.
by bart1805
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: What do you think is the most versatile high resolution solar telescope design?
Replies: 43
Views: 2108

Re: What do you think is the most versatile high resolution solar telescope design?

Hello Valery, Going back to the initial question of this post, and after the tests recently done à St Véran, I agree that the combination of a large ERF and a reflecting telescope is the best HR solar telescope in large diameter. The Cassegrain configuration is indeed very attractive. Best regards ...
by bart1805
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: PST etalon repair, decontacted?
Replies: 14
Views: 235

Re: PST etalon repair, decontacted?

Yes you need the spacers, this is how it should look like sideways:
https://pbase.com/reneweenink/image/167846098
by bart1805
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Solar Radio, Magnetometry and Spectroscopy
Topic: 14May2019 Spectroheliograms: H alpha
Replies: 9
Views: 279

Re: 14May2019 Spectroheliograms: H alpha

Wow! And I thought that my image train was long....
Thanks for the explanation and images. Be gentle to your heart, take care!
by bart1805
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: H-alpha 31 august, 7 inch Intes, reflections and a BF30.
Replies: 15
Views: 384

Re: H-alpha 31 august, 7 inch Intes, reflections and a BF30.

Hello Bart, This is a quite good image. Getting rid of these reflections is quite tricky. Keep us posted ! Christian Thanks Christian (and Alfred). The season is almost over here. Hope to start next season with an Aries 8 inch Triband Erf, to be used with the Intes 703 and the 8 inch f/8 Newton for...
by bart1805
Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath

Thanks :) Alexandra Alexandra, you want to attach the etalon to the visual back of the C11. You can use a SCT to 2 inch adapter. Buy a 2 inch nosepiece for the etalon and connect the two. An alternative is an adapter with SCT thread on the front, thread to attach the etalon on the back. AOK made on...
by bart1805
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath

Hi Alexandra,
No you don't need it. Your C11 is already f/10.
CS! Bart.
by bart1805
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?
Replies: 30
Views: 844

Re: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?

I use the Concentrer to prepare the collimation, for centering the secondary. But for finishing the collimation, the Concentrer requires the central spot and dark conditions: http://www.spheretec.de/pdf/Collimating_with_the_Newton_Concenter_Eyepiece.pdf When there is not central spot, then star tes...
by bart1805
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath
Replies: 4
Views: 211

PST etalon nosepiece with 1:1,25 glasspath

Nosepiece for f/8 refractor. Front adapter for PST etalon made by AOK. Inside there is a 1:1,25 Baader Glasspath,this way you can use for example a f/8 refractor in combination with a PST etalon. I used it in combination with a 150mm f/8 Skywatcher.
125 euro’s plus shipping.
by bart1805
Wed Sep 11, 2019 6:21 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First animation with the Intes
Replies: 13
Views: 232

Re: First animation with the Intes

Thanks, Bart, glad you like it. As for your setup - this is with a PST etalon, correct? So the Intes can manage the required 200 mm backfocus, or is it some other approach? Yes, it is with a single PST etalon, lenses still in place. The Intes has more than enough backfocus so 200mm is not a problem...
by bart1805
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Easy PST Module with ERF (non-destructive, no cutting of OTA, & no-black-box rebuild)
Replies: 62
Views: 1116

Re: PST, how to replace that black box?

A set-up like this is quite ideal to check if the primary of for example your C8 is focussed the way it should with a PST mod. Just connect the train (the etalon and everything after that) and focus with the primary.
by bart1805
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First animation with the Intes
Replies: 13
Views: 232

Re: First animation with the Intes

Great result, the high resolution is immediately noticeable. Thanks everybody! Will try and reprocess the images in a couple of days. Just found the button to record the actions in Photoshop, so now it will go faster. It seems there are some Newton Rings visible. Never seen them before in the singl...
by bart1805
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?
Replies: 30
Views: 844

Re: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?

Second issue: there is no more central part reflecting the laser for collimation. You need then a very sturdy setup suitable to keep the collimation stable (star collimation). Maybe that can be solved when using something like this: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/...
by bart1805
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First animation with the Intes
Replies: 13
Views: 232

First animation with the Intes

Yes, the sun is boring, but now is a great time to practice for the next gigantic sunspot. (-; Today made the first animation using the Intes 7 inch with the 160mm D-Erf. Tried to not just aim for the proms, but for a more complete view. Movie was about 15 minutes long, 30 images were used to make t...
by bart1805
Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:09 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Layout of filters in a CaK PST
Replies: 10
Views: 236

Re: Layout of filters in a CaK PST

Hi Ken, the filter that is useful is the thin one, diameter about 25 mm, it is the first one after the lens.
The one with the bright reflective coating is the one which is often deteriorated. It is way thicker than the front one.
by bart1805
Sun Sep 08, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?
Replies: 30
Views: 844

Re: A big solar newton for ultra narrowband imaging, possible?

Thanks Laura and Langleif!
I understand the difference between the DOT and a Newton with a small secondary is huge. This winter I am going to grind my first mirror, 8 inch f/8. Will try different secondary sizes to see what the results are going to be.