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by rray6
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Best Solar Camera
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Re: Best Solar Camera

I certainly agree with you there, Alexandra. My Grasshopper is also showing signs of age which is why I posed the question. But a faster frame rate Grasshopper does sound good.
by rray6
Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Best Solar Camera
Replies: 5
Views: 430

Best Solar Camera

I am curious what others think is the best camera on the market for solar imaging. I have been using a PGR Grasshopper 3 for several years and was wondering if there are any improvements out there on the market with better resolution, frame rate, etc. Just curious....

-Robert
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:16 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?

I think you already found the method, Alexandra - again, very nice composite with great detail. The videos might be helpful to others. I found them very instructive.

Robert
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Eclipse from Madras, OR
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Re: Eclipse from Madras, OR

Thanks for the comments. You're right - seeing an eclipse through the naked eye with all the phenomena going on around you is the most important thing. I know plenty of imagers who went to the eclipse with nothing more than a cell phone camera and spent the whole time observing and not recording the...
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Double-Arch Capture
Replies: 3
Views: 329

Double-Arch Capture

Hi All, I was able to catch the nice double-arched prom this morning as many of you other did. This region threw out a number of X-Class flares all week and it was exciting to see this arch as it was going around the edge. I took so many videos that I almost ran out of disk space. Still have many mo...
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:04 am
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Eclipse from Madras, OR
Replies: 3
Views: 568

Eclipse from Madras, OR

Hello All, I have been on hiatus for a while and not producing any solar images - hence I have not been on the forum for a while. But the eclipse got me back into it again. I braved the crowds (and forest fire smoke) in Madras, Oregon. I gather many of you were also in Oregon - shame we didn't meet ...
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:06 am
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?

Whoops! I see you were talking about a different kind of composite. I was able to do a stacked processing of 7 bracketed shots of totality using a method by Russell Brown of Adobe (another video). https://vimeo.com/221971705 Here is my totality composite. Robert R Brown Technique Corona2crop_a_1020....
by rray6
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:00 am
Forum: Great American Solar Eclipse August 21 2017
Topic: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?
Replies: 17
Views: 1710

Re: Help - How do you create these composite eclipse shots?

Hello Alexandra, It has been awhile since I have posted on this forum mainly because I have not been doing any astro or solar photography. But the eclipse got me back into it and I am back doing solar observing and imaging again. I was in Madras, Oregon and was able to photograph the entire eclipse ...
by rray6
Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR 2573-74 Close up 280mm DS 0,2A
Replies: 23
Views: 1801

Re: AR 2573-74 Close up 280mm DS 0,2A

Incredible!

Robert
by rray6
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Big Prom in New Mexico
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: Big Prom in New Mexico

Sorry, Jim. I missed the last question. I am across the valley from New Mexico Skies, a few miles west of Mayhill, NM. Other nearby towns include Cloudcroft (14 miles to the west of me) and Ruidoso (about 50 miles to the NNW). I am in the Sacramento Mountains at about 7150 feet (2180 m) in elevation.
by rray6
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:11 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Big Prom in New Mexico
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: Big Prom in New Mexico

Thanks, Jim. No, I did not use the tutorial (thanks for bringing it to my attention). I simply selected the disk (prom shot), inverted the selection, and then copied and pasted it over the detailed disk shot. I got lucky but I am sure I can do better, especially after consulting the tutorial. Robert
by rray6
Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sol from the 15th of August 2016.
Replies: 13
Views: 856

Re: Sol from the 15th of August 2016.

Excellent!
by rray6
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:16 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Big Prom in New Mexico
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Big Prom in New Mexico

It has been a while since I have posted here mainly because skies have not been friendly and I have been going through hoops at work to finally get a retirement package. Now that I have officially joined the ranks of the retired ( :seesaw), I should be spending much more time at my observatory and i...
by rray6
Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Me!! a Quark!!!
Replies: 55
Views: 2725

Re: Me!! a Quark!!!

Beautiful work once again, Alexandra. I just got myself a Quark but have yet to use it. The sun has been hiding a lot over here, too. I appreciate the discussion about ERF since I have a WO 132mm f/7 and will need to apply some additional filtering - I would rather not spend for a front ERF if possi...
by rray6
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ER Filters?
Replies: 2
Views: 313

ER Filters?

Even though I have been solar observing for a while, this feels like a newbie question. Most of my solar observing and imaging is with my Lunt LS80 scope. I also have a 132mm f/7 refractor which I have occasionally used with my Baader Herschel wedge as well as with my Lunt straight-through CaK filte...
by rray6
Mon Apr 13, 2015 7:01 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Another Solar Flat Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Another Solar Flat Question

Sorry, Mike. It took me a while to get back - I got some malware and had to reformat my stupid PC. I have the Sony ICX687 CCD sensor in my grasshopper. Newton rings only bother me when I use a Powermate.

Robert
by rray6
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Another Solar Flat Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Another Solar Flat Question

Thanks, I will try the bag/cling film method. I only have problems with barlowed shots and the rings are terrible. I use a Grasshopper 3.0, too - I was hoping that camera would rid me of them but not so.

Robert
by rray6
Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Another Solar Flat Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Another Solar Flat Question

It's been a while since I posted - weather has been poor (what else is new?) and my Grasshopper had to go back to PGR (power issues), etc. So I decided to process some of my more recent images. I am plagued with the usual Newton rings at high power and dust spots in my Lunt 80 DS. I have had limited...
by rray6
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: IMX174 or ICX687 Which One to Buy
Replies: 8
Views: 916

Re: IMX174 or ICX687 Which One to Buy

I got interested in this thread and looked up the ZWO ASI174MM. I found it for a favorable $600 USD. Imaging Source and Basler both carry what appears to be the same cameras (IMX174 sensors) but they are 50% more (~$900 USD). Why is ZWO that much cheaper? Am I missing something?

Robert
by rray6
Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: New Camera
Replies: 2
Views: 415

New Camera

Is it too early to discuss the pluses and minuses of the new Point Grey Quad Tap Grasshopper3 (6.0 mp at 25 fps)? Or has this been discussed lately and I missed it?

Robert
by rray6
Sat Sep 27, 2014 2:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: It's Been A While....
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: It's Been A While....

Thanks for the sentiment. You're right - never nice. I do consider myself somewhat lucky. My $6000 SBIG STT8300 was sitting there in the observatory in its case in plain sight. Not as easy or inconspicuous a target as the two smaller solar filters but still accessible. So things could have been wors...
by rray6
Fri Sep 26, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: It's Been A While....
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: It's Been A While....

Sadly, no. I contacted both Baader and Lunt because I normally record serial numbers and had none for these two filters. They confirmed that they do not put serial numbers on these items. I plan to mark the new ones as well as anything else I have without identifying numbers. I suppose it is sad tha...
by rray6
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: It's Been A While....
Replies: 6
Views: 415

Re: It's Been A While....

Thank you, Alexandra. I changed locks, and there is now a motion-detecting camera inside watching at all times, ready to email me if trouble erupts again. Unfortunately, my home insurance deductible was too high to help. I am now looking into separate insurance for specialty items like this. There w...
by rray6
Thu Sep 25, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: It's Been A While....
Replies: 6
Views: 415

It's Been A While....

It's been a while since I have posted here. Earlier this summer, I had a bad experience - two of my favorite solar imaging filters (Baader Hershel and Lunt CaK) were stolen out of my observatory in New Mexico. Never recovered. I won't bore anyone with details but, as you can imagine, it is a horribl...
by rray6
Mon Feb 03, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First Mosaic Attempt
Replies: 5
Views: 210

Re: Firs Mosaic Attempt

If you are talking about the dust motes, I still haven't determined the best way to do that. I tried flats once but obviously did something wrong. I usually just darken the backdrop with Levels until they go away.

Robert