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by MalVeauX
Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:14 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt or Quark?
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: Lunt or Quark?

Get the Lunt if you're interested in full disc field of view at lower resolution.

Get the Quark if you're interested in looking at individual features, such as a big prom, or a big sunspot, in high resolution.

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Fridays Full Disk 22nd June
Replies: 8
Views: 55

Re: Fridays Full Disk 22nd June

Lovely disc!

Was this using FireCapture's version of flat calibration?

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

Used the Skybender this morning with some wonderful sunspots to hone in on. Used the same setup as yesterday, Baader Blue B-CCD Filter as ERF -> 50mm extension -> 370~395nm Cut filter on nose of skybender -> 393nm in chamber, tilted for contrast -> 393nm filter on nose of camera (with or without bar...
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunspots 2715, 2714, 2713 | Major Proms | HA & CA | June 20th
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Sunspots 2715, 2714, 2713 | Major Proms | HA & CA | June 20th

Hey all, Woke up to a hazy, but otherwise cloud-free sky at 7am. I went out to my observatory and prepared for some imaging as I checked GONG and AR2715 had grown significantly since yesterday from an active unnamed region to a large visible umbra and detailed pneumbra which is fantastic. Great prom...
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA

Looks like something active is coming around on the limb too, more stuff! :)

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?
Replies: 81
Views: 2266

Re: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?

Dunno why I even did that, I always do the dumb thing and put my hand in the light path to see if it's hot. It's usually hot on the business end. Was my first time experimenting with reflections from the objective to see if the filters were doing their jobs. They were! Was nice. I'm happy to be able...
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Prom and active region on June 19
Replies: 5
Views: 108

Re: Prom and active region on June 19

Really nice resolution Lou!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:40 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

I did the 370~395nm filter in the tilt chamber for a while. And I stacked both 393nm together on the nose of the camera. This was Apollo's recommendation. KG3 IR absorption filter on the nose of the `bender. I used it that way for a long time, since that's how he suggested to do it. I've imaged with...
by MalVeauX
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA

Marty: Very good shots, you had an splendid session. Would you know were can I get a skybender? Best regards, Eric. Hi Eric, They never went on sale, they were traded around. Here's a thread with more info and some folk with them: https://solarchatforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=24440 Very best,
by MalVeauX
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

Hrm, I'm considering trying another configuration to simplify things and allow for more in-focus ability. The internal tilting cell in the skybender can have a filter threaded in from both sides. I'm thinking of getting two 2" to 1.25" cell adapters to mount my 1.25" 393nm & 1.25" 370~395nm filters ...
by MalVeauX
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

So my Skybender is back up and running in 393nm. New configuration is a Baader 2" B-CCD Blue Filter (reflective & IR blocked) Thanks Paul & Apollo! on the nose of a 50mm extension that inserts into the focuser deep into the light cone. I'm using a 370~395nm cut filter on the nose of the skybender to...
by MalVeauX
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?
Replies: 81
Views: 2266

Re: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?

Update: With the Baader 2" B-CCD filter, with reflective surface and IR blocking, it serves great as a 2" ERF. I just used it all morning with a 120mm refractor and the heat was managed great. So I'm able to stuff the Skybender with 393nm filters and get back to it on a dime. So now, I'm doing: Baad...
by MalVeauX
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Today's AR2713, AR2714, Great Proms, Full Disc (Mosaic) | HA & CA

Hey all, Woke up to a clear sky for once and decent seeing. No clouds! What is going on? I'm not supposed to see the sky in the summer here in Florida. Anyhow, I woke up early and saw no clouds so ran out and had everything ready to go as the sun came up and grabbed data in several wavelengths while...
by MalVeauX
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark

Lots of rain! Not even a hurricane on us, and it's non-stop clouds & rain. I honestly don't remember it being this way when I was a child. We always had summer rain, but it was sunny and it would rain for 5 minutes with nothing but sun, no real dark nasty clouds and storms, just super brief summer s...
by MalVeauX
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark

Thanks all,

Listening to thunder while typing this... sigh!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Jun 16, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: PST stage 4. The X-truder
Replies: 28
Views: 705

Re: PST stage 4. The X-truder

Getting interesting! Looking forward to seeing the image results!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark
Replies: 12
Views: 230

Re: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark

Hi, MalVeaux You brought out some fine prom detail and the AR closeup is what I was wishing for yesterday before the wind put a stop to that hope. I can relate to what you say about gradients and stitching artifacts in full disks. Sometimes, blending is easy. Other times, I have to do a lot of work...
by MalVeauX
Sat Jun 16, 2018 3:39 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Dont fall out of your chair...
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Dont fall out of your chair...

That is just absolutely crazy to be able to record this through our atmosphere on terrestrial Earth. Wow!

The video is crazy!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark
Replies: 12
Views: 230

June 15th's Sunspot AR2713 and large Prominences | HA & WL | Quark

Heya, Well, despite nearly 2 weeks of doom and gloom cloudy skies here in "sunny" Florida during hurricane season, I got a moment of slightly hazy but relatively clear skies late in the evening between 5~6pm, so I ran out to my observatory and opened her up and was able to get some data for about an...
by MalVeauX
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?
Replies: 81
Views: 2266

Re: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?

Interesting, thanks for the update. I'll have to give it a try and see if I can use this in my focuser and then the skybender with the 393nm filters.

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: 66245 Heatsink mirror mount for 81045
Replies: 13
Views: 233

Re: 66245 Heatsink mirror mount for 81045

So basically this is a UV Wedge?

Yikes on those prices. ~$800 USD. Can get a Lunt module for this. I'm curious about a comparison to see if it's worth while (especially if it allows use of a large aperture instrument, over 4 inches).

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?
Replies: 81
Views: 2266

Re: KG3 IR Absorption vs IR Blocking filters? Same?

So today i let the baader planetarium b-ccd filter track direct solar focus for more than 4 hours, started at 1130pm. Just took it off. 100mm at f5 no other rejction filters added and it did not crack or break. This means it is rather enduring of heavy stress. I cannot measure glass expansion or op...
by MalVeauX
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

marktownley wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:53 pm
You just got to buy the CaK PSTs as and when they appear second hand ;)
Which is like never it seems!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: SunSpot 2712, Proms, Filament, Full disc | Quark | June 3rd 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: SunSpot 2712, Proms, Filament, Full disc | Quark | June 3rd 2018

For visual the Quark + ST80 how good is ? Thanks Paul At F5, it's basically good for proms, but not for surface. But if you stop it down to 60mm or 40mm (F6.6 to F9.5) it's fantastic for contrasty surface and bright proms. I use a 60mm aperture mask on it (60mm = F6.6, with Quark = F28 which is goo...
by MalVeauX
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Do you have a skybender?
Replies: 30
Views: 769

Re: Do you have a skybender?

Care to share where you're reliably getting PST CaK etalons? :)

Very best,