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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by DavidP » Sun Feb 14, 2021 11:44 pm

Bob Yoesle wrote:
Sun Feb 14, 2021 5:01 pm
Suggested topic: Checking etalon quality by using a Hydrogen spectrum tube.
I second that. 👍🏿




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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by MapleRidge » Mon Feb 15, 2021 9:10 pm

Hi all...

An update on the Zoom Session...Alexandra is using her Zoom account through work and cannot risk having the session crashed with off topic posts. That said, in an effort to keep the Zoom invitation open to all members and keep the management of who can attend as straight forward as possible the plan will be to allow entry to known members only.

Alexandra will post the link for the session on Sunday morning a few hours prior to the start, so check here for access. In order to be allowed access, you will have to include your SolarChat ID in your Zoom profile to be recognized. Since we have a mix of full names, parts of names, and nicknames we will need to see your SolarChat name included to sign on. Should work well enough to make a positive ID to be admitted and a proper name to carry on conversation would be a bonus.

If there are any questions please let us know, and check back for the link on Sunday.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by christian viladrich » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:10 pm

Hello,
I'll try be there. Not 100% sure yet.
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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by DavidP » Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:39 pm

Another suggestion for brief discussion. I’m wondering if there might be enough interest in putting together an afternoon or two workshop that would cover image processing. I know I would pay to take part in a class put on by a couple of our accomplished imagers. I think , if we put it out in the Cloudy Nights Solar Forum, we could likely get a critical mass of paying students. I’m not talking about including this in the coming zoom session, but if anyone is interested, we could throw out some suggestions.



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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Montana » Wed Feb 17, 2021 6:31 pm

David, no one needs to pay, everything on here is free. You are very welcome for a tutorial anytime, or if anyone else wishes for a one to one walkthrough, you just need to ask.

Of course, everyone on here processes differently, some using Autostakkert, some use Registax, some Avistack, then ImPPG, AstraImage, Photoshop, GIMP, Pixinsight just to name a few. You might want to advertise for a volunteer who uses the software that you use or wish to use :)

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Grakrob778 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:27 am

I am interested.


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Highbury Mark » Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:55 pm

I’m really hoping to take part on Sunday too Alexandra. Etalon rating with hydrogen tubes would be a very interesting topic.

Here’s an idea for a future session - I wonder if we could persuade someone like Andy Lunt, Mark Wagner or Helmut Kessler to join us for a discussion on a set theme? Would have to agree parameters beforehand, as they might be reluctant to field questions on any subject. Something like where they see the market for solar astronomy and technology going in next ten years?


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by DeepSolar64 » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:40 pm

Highbury Mark wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:55 pm
I’m really hoping to take part on Sunday too Alexandra. Etalon rating with hydrogen tubes would be a very interesting topic.

Here’s an idea for a future session - I wonder if we could persuade someone like Andy Lunt, Mark Wagner or Helmut Kessler to join us for a discussion on a set theme? Would have to agree parameters beforehand, as they might be reluctant to field questions on any subject. Something like where they see the market for solar astronomy and technology going in next ten years?
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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by rsfoto » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:27 pm

DeepSolar64 wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:40 pm
Highbury Mark wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:55 pm
I’m really hoping to take part on Sunday too Alexandra. Etalon rating with hydrogen tubes would be a very interesting topic.

Here’s an idea for a future session - I wonder if we could persuade someone like Andy Lunt, Mark Wagner or Helmut Kessler to join us for a discussion on a set theme? Would have to agree parameters beforehand, as they might be reluctant to field questions on any subject. Something like where they see the market for solar astronomy and technology going in next ten years?
Andy Lunt!? That would be awesome!!!!
Hi,

I do not think so. Would be too much biased ...

:roll: :roll: :roll:


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by MapleRidge » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:24 pm

A few comments on recent posts...

First, great to see more people indicating that they plan to attend...great news :bow2

So far there are two topics that members have asked to have discussion about, methods/procedures to improve image capture quality and to look deeper at the the Hydrogen tube etalon testing. Other topics can be added as well if they are raised.

Some future topics have been suggested, specifically an image processing workshop and a guest speaker from the industry to discuss the future trends. Limits on these have been raised but there may be potential for the future.

Looking forward to a interactive session on Sunday ;)

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by DeepSolar64 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:45 am

rsfoto wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:27 pm
DeepSolar64 wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:40 pm
Highbury Mark wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:55 pm
I’m really hoping to take part on Sunday too Alexandra. Etalon rating with hydrogen tubes would be a very interesting topic.

Here’s an idea for a future session - I wonder if we could persuade someone like Andy Lunt, Mark Wagner or Helmut Kessler to join us for a discussion on a set theme? Would have to agree parameters beforehand, as they might be reluctant to field questions on any subject. Something like where they see the market for solar astronomy and technology going in next ten years?
Andy Lunt!? That would be awesome!!!!
Hi,

I do not think so. Would be too much biased ...

:roll: :roll: :roll:


Biased against who? Competing hardware some of us use. Coronado, DayStar, Solarscope, etc?


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by arnedanielsen » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:11 am

I would love to join!

Thanks for putting this together.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by rsfoto » Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:38 pm

DeepSolar64 wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:45 am
rsfoto wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:27 pm
DeepSolar64 wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:40 pm


Andy Lunt!? That would be awesome!!!!
Hi,

I do not think so. Would be too much biased ...

:roll: :roll: :roll:


Biased against who? Competing hardware some of us use. Coronado, DayStar, Solarscope, etc?
Andy Lunt sells Lunt, so his product for sure is the best according to him ... Is that not biased ?

If this Sunday meetings are going to be converted into product praising meetings then Good Night ...

Sorry but no ... bye bye


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by DeepSolar64 » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:05 pm

I agree with you there Rainer. He would certainly be biased to Lunt Solar Systems. His company, and while most of us use something from Lunt of sorts not all of us use Lunt scopes. I use Coronado for example.


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Bob Yoesle » Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:20 pm

I think there's probably enough of us that have experience with most of the available filters out there that if it comes up we can have an open discussion about their workings and the pros an cons without concern of offending a participant who is the OEM or vendor.


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by rsfoto » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:29 pm

Bob Yoesle wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:20 pm
I think there's probably enough of us that have experience with most of the available filters out there that if it comes up we can have an open discussion about their workings and the pros an cons without concern of offending a participant who is the OEM or vendor.
Hi Bob,

OK, but for what do we need an OEM or vendor for this ... ?

Certainly during the discussion the OEM will start to defend his product.

Have you seen how people who ahve spend loads of money for a product defend the product even if they have experienced flaws ? I still do not understand that behaviour or os it just a placebo they need in order to justify themselves ?

Come on ... We know how it works ...

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Sorry to be so negative about the producers ... not the vendors who are as well victims as we are ...


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by LTHB » Sat Feb 20, 2021 8:51 am

I'd like to join in tomorrow, so please count me in!

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Stardust5858 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:21 am

Hi all, how do I participate in the zoom meeting tonight? Haven't had an invite. I've downloaded zoom on my laptop. Never used it before. Many thanks, Nigella.


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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by ffellah » Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:41 am

Hi Nigella: Alexandra will post a link for the zoom session. I presume here.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by Stardust5858 » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:22 pm

ffellah wrote:
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Hi Nigella: Alexandra will post a link for the zoom session. I presume here.

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by MapleRidge » Sun Feb 21, 2021 12:46 pm

Hi Nigella and all...

The link to the Zoom session will be posted here by Alexandra an hour or two prior the start of the meeting.

For first time Zoom users, you can join a 'Test' meeting on Zoom to check that your speakers, mic, and camera all work OK. Just Google Zoom Test Meeting and follow the instructions.

See you all in a few hours,
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Re: Interest in a Zoom Meeting?

Post by SimonM » Sun Feb 21, 2021 1:30 pm

I would be interested in the Zoom meeting - more to listen and learn as I'm very much a newbie.

One topic I would like to see listed is how to assess sky seeing conditions in the daytime without resorting to buying an AiryLab Solar Scintillation Monitor (SSM). My understanding is that a scope that resolves more than the current seeing conditions will be of no further benefit. It is perhaps easy to get carried away (with aperture fever) to think something a bit bigger will be better - when it might not?
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Count me in. Like Rainer, I was an hour late on the last one. I really enjoy the meetings!
I think everyone (myself included) has done a quick calculation and every so often arrived at the wrong conclusion of when an online meeting will occur? In the UK we have GMT that is also UTC, so calculations are a little easier. To find out the time in other time zones simultaneously I use the website https://time.is/ and I can see that you are exactly five hours behind my location.

Examples:
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If it is a cloudy day, you can scroll down and see time differences, find yourself on the map, even check out the opening times to buy fruit and veg locally at The Pumpkin Patch (opens in 30 minutes).

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Re: Zoom Meeting - 21 February @ 18:00 UT

Post by AndiesHandyHandies » Sun Feb 21, 2021 2:15 pm

Hi

New to Zoom

My Zoom name is Andrew Huskinson.

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