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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 Christopher
Tue Apr 02, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Solar Reference Library
Topic: Free Online Access to Astronomy Magazines
Replies: 5
Views: 2260

Re: Magazine links now work

Thanks for the links. These are great!
by Christopher
Mon Apr 01, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2019 FUNDRAISER UNDER WAY!! PLEASE DONATE
Replies: 17
Views: 1358

Re: 2019 FUNDRAISER UNDER WAY!! PLEASE DONATE

Sent one yesterday. Thanks Stephen!
by Christopher
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:11 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

Thank you for the de-interlace tip Phil. Extremely helpful. :bow2 I also found a video that had quite a bit of drift in it due to long pauses in adequate seeing so I was able to use AutoStakkert to smooth out the vertical banding as well. I think I'll stop here on this session. Many lessons learned ...
by Christopher
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sun March 24th
Replies: 20
Views: 772

Re: Sun March 24th

Franco,
Nice images from a sweet set-up. Can't wait to see what the HAT 0.3A combo can do on a good day. Hope your mom is doing much better.
by Christopher
Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's SUN (20190323) | AR12735/36 & Prom
Replies: 14
Views: 686

Re: Today's SUN (20190323) | AR12735/36 & Prom

Beautiful work Pedro.
by Christopher
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: ladies and gentleman the ultimate animation of March 24
Replies: 11
Views: 815

Re: ladies and gentleman the ultimate animation of March 24

Terrific Paul. Like a lava pool!
by Christopher
Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

I'm not sure if you're referring to the fine horizontal banding or the two vertical shadowy ones. I think the latter could potentially be managed using flats. As for the horizontal stuff....yes. This is strange. I uploaded the exact same file to Astrobin and don't see those artifacts. At least not n...
by Christopher
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

Thanks Phil. I think it's going to be a fun set up to use when time is limited which these days seems often. If we're going to credit manufacturer nations we'll have to include Japan (Borg) if we're stopping at the focus point :lol: I was able to rotate that shadow/reflection pattern out by turning ...
by Christopher
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

Thanks Mark! It occurred to me that this light path passes through elements created by David Lunt, Del Woods and Mark Wagner....arguably 3 of the most influential amateur H-alpha equipment makers in the U.S. Kinda cool. I failed to mention the shot was taken yesterday around 11:30 AM EDT.
by Christopher
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

And finally....here's my "minimalist" set-up with an initial result. As I mentioned above it is a Borg 45ED which I've had for many years with an older pre-Meade Coronado SolarMax 40 and the Solar Sprectrum modified T-scanner. All riding on a mighty iOptron SmartEQ Pro+ with nary a counterweight. Se...
by Christopher
Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:59 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: animation March 22
Replies: 13
Views: 625

Re: animation March 22

That is one cool animation Paul.
by Christopher
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 10th of March 2019.
Replies: 6
Views: 363

Re: Sol from the 10th of March 2019.

Beautiful set of images Eric. That prom is gorgeous.
by Christopher
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:18 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sun 2019 03 10
Replies: 7
Views: 401

Re: Sun 2019 03 10

Love that prom shot Pepe.
by Christopher
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:23 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: PST FD w/enhanced ROI March 6, 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 565

Re: PST FD w/enhanced ROI March 6, 2019

That’s very good detail for a 40mm aperture. Nice work Phil!
by Christopher
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:20 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 6th of March 2019.
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: Sol from the 6th of March 2019.

Very sharp images Eric. Beautiful.
by Christopher
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:54 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: More aperture please (PST)
Replies: 19
Views: 1149

Re: More aperture please (PST)

It might sound odd but at times I like to try to get the most from the least. I've had interesting results from an iPhone and 89mm scope using mosaics. (Link below) I know exactly what you mean Phil. I’m working on a similar project pairing up a SolarMax 40 with a Borg 45ED and iOptron SmartEQ Pro....
by Christopher
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First session of the year
Replies: 7
Views: 507

Re: First session of the year

Nice image David.

Living vicariously through you all.
by Christopher
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Saturday Sunshine - 23rd February
Replies: 15
Views: 760

Re: Saturday Sunshine - 23rd February

Very nice set of images Mark.
by Christopher
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Software Section On The Forum
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Software Section On The Forum

Thanks Mark!
by Christopher
Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:33 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Minimum Sunshine 9th February
Replies: 16
Views: 746

Re: Solar Minimum Sunshine 9th February

Mark,
The proms look great and you captured that decayed AR very nicely. Glad to see you’re getting a little sky time again. :cool:
by Christopher
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: SolarMonitor software
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: SolarMonitor software

Thanks Mark! The fps issue was the result of applying an FC patch to enable the gamma control for the PGR Grasshopper 3. The patch switches the mode to Mono from Raw. While it does indeed enable the gamma control it also greatly reduces the max fps. Removing the patch removes the gamma control and r...
by Christopher
Sun Feb 10, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: SolarMonitor software
Replies: 8
Views: 1181

Re: SolarMonitor software

Hi Paul, Finally got outside with the beta version today and it worked great. I did an autorun with high thin hazy clouds and got some good shots. I've solved my fps slowness problem as well so I was excited to be getting both good seeing moments and high frame rates. Once the connection was up it j...
by Christopher
Sat Jan 26, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's SUN (20190125) + Jet Transit
Replies: 14
Views: 883

Re: Today's SUN (20190125) + Jet Transit

I really like your wedge shot Pedro.