brianm910 wrote:Welp.... It looks like I know what my solar setup will be - the Lunt Solar 60mm Ha Solar Telescope Double Stacked with Pressure Tuner / B1200 Filter / 2" Crayford Focuser/ and the ASI174MM/MC CMOS camera.
I use this mix of equipment. You will need a decent Barlow in there too, as the pixels on the 174 are pretty big and without barlowing you will see the pixels in processing. A x2.5 works well- you will need a little overlap to get a full disc on there. No great problems to join the mosaics in Photoshop or Microsoft ICE.
You might get some Newton's Rings with the ASI....I certainly do on my Quark setup and I get some banding on the Lunt. A tilt adapter is a good solution to these...I recommend the one from Rowan Astronomy:
Don't bother with anything other than Autostakkert for stacking- it does a grand job. I recommend ImPPG for sharpening- Registax used to be the king, but things have moved on considerably.
For processing, have a look at Ken Crawford's tutorials- they are really very good. He also has a Photoshop action on his site that is a good baseline for pseudo colour.
Ohh, and you'll hate me for saying this , but start saving for a double-stack Etalon. The Lunt L60 is a great tool, but once you have used one with a DS Etalon you will never go back!
Good luck and have fun!