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Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:00 pm
by Pluton
Hello,
In this case I am looking for information about an observing telescope in Ha, I have some doubts,for my budget, one is the Solarmax II 60 BF10, I think it has a good price but it throws me back the bad reputation of its after-sales service ..., on the other hand I like the Lunt 50 BF400, which is somewhat cheaper, same in details visual? but I doubt if with the BF400 it would be good for visual observation,(the B600 model have a price like the SM II 60,) which is what interests me, and in the end too I like the Daystar Quark chromosphere, the same price as the Solarmax II 60 BF10 but I do not have a refractor telescope and it would mean a bigger outlay ... all is for visual observation...no photo!!
Thank you for your advice in advance...
For info:
.Lunt 50 BF400-999 euro
SolarMax II 60 BF10- 1300 euro
Quark Cromosfere- 1345 euro

Best regards
Paul

Re: Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:37 pm
by krakatoa1883
No experience with SM60 II. I have both a Lunt50 and a Quark chromo. Lunt50 is a very portable scope and easy to use, but resolution is limited and imaging is difficult unless its original focuser is replaced with something better. Quite a limited scope particularly in the B400 version (which I don't recommend), I use it only for full disc imaging and as a modification of my 150mm achromat.

Quark chromo is more suitable for detailed views of the chromosphere, however quality is not constant, it takes a little luck to find a good one. It needs a power supply (a portable battery is enough) and can't provide full disc views except with very short refractors. However if working fine it would be a very enjoiable and powerful device for both visual observing and imaging. I would suggest to purchase the Combo version instead of the standard version, and use it with an external good Barlow or telecentric amplifier.

Hope it helps.

Re: Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:29 pm
by marktownley
Quarks are for higher res, the Lunts and Coronados are effectively just full disk scopes. What do you want to do?

Re: Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:08 pm
by Pluton
Well, I like a good full disk image, but also a good high resolution image ......the dedicated solar telescope like Lunt or Solarmax can be also , good performer for some high res ?
Thanks
Paul

Re: Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:19 pm
by marktownley
No, the lunts and coronados don't do hi-res. Medium res maybe, f20. Above this it's all just oversampling and you might as well just blow up a final image in software instead.

No such thing as a free lunch in solar imaging!

Re: Lunt 50 vs SolarMax II 60 vs Quark Cromosfere.

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:19 pm
by Pluton
Thnaks for your kind answer!
Regards