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by astrodanco
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Which DS option for LS100Tha.
Replies: 6
Views: 1017

Re: Which DS option for LS100Tha.

In my opinion the 80DSII works very well. It introduces only a little bit of red into the background. I have a 100DSII and I'm not going to comment on it in public.
by astrodanco
Sun May 04, 2014 6:48 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Appenzellersun, 24th april, QUARKS first lights
Replies: 134
Views: 10528

Re: Appenzellersun, 24th april, QUARKS first lights

Boys and girls I got a chance to do some looking through Joe's new Quark today. He had it on a Celestron C102 (and inexpensive 102mm doublet) refractor and had a UV/IR filter screwed onto the front. I was impressed with the views.
by astrodanco
Thu May 01, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt CaK module bandwide?
Replies: 55
Views: 3926

Re: Lunt CaK module bandwide?

I have over 20,000 videos on youtube of the Sun through some of the nicest equipment known to man and have over 5000 images of outreach events posted on this forum. I used to get a little resentful because no one really gives a crap about outreach in this hobby, or the Sun at all in the general pub...
by astrodanco
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:16 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Appenzellersun, 24th april, QUARKS first lights
Replies: 134
Views: 10528

Re: Appenzellersun, 24th april, QUARKS first lights

Joe, so you couldn't stack this on the back end of, say an LS80 or LS100? Wanna try it anyway?
by astrodanco
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Should I or should I not go for PG Grasshopper 3 camera
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: Should I or should I not go for PG Grasshopper 3 camera

I still have a Firewire one for sale at a great price if anyone is interested. :-)
astrodanco at solarastronomy dot org
by astrodanco
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt 152 H-Alpha dnd CaK
Replies: 27
Views: 2896

Re: Lunt 152 H-Alpha dnd CaK

Jack, after all that, you simply must post a CaK image for us using the camera in question. Please?
by astrodanco
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:27 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Marj and Roland sent the group an AP1200
Replies: 14
Views: 736

Re: Marj and Roland sent the group an AP1200

Please explain how you get all that stuff into your garage. Is it like the Tardis or something?
by astrodanco
Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:55 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: The new Hutech solar autoguider?
Replies: 28
Views: 4128

Re: The new Hutech solar autoguider?

Cschur wrote:Anyone tried this yet?
Yes indeed. I have one here. It is very easy to use and works extremely well. It locks onto the Sun and keeps it centered indefinitely. It uses a USB cable to plug into a 5V power source. I plug it into the same RIGrunner 4004 USB that I plug my mount into.
by astrodanco
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:26 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New camera
Replies: 31
Views: 4811

Re: New camera

One of the good things about Firewire is that it doesn't require a super fast computer or SSD drive to handle it. Any old computer will do.
by astrodanco
Fri Jan 31, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New camera
Replies: 31
Views: 4811

Re: New camera

Grasshopper Express 2.8 MP Mono FireWire 1394b
Part Number: GX-FW-28S5M-C
10.0 meter FirePro, 9-pin to 9-pin, Locking IEEE-1394b Cable
Part Number: ACC-01-2017
by astrodanco
Fri Jan 31, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New camera
Replies: 31
Views: 4811

Re: New camera

:idea: I still have a practically new Point Grey Grasshopper Express ICX674 Mono Camera for sale for a low price if anyone is interested.
by astrodanco
Fri Jan 17, 2014 10:00 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Ca K telescope
Replies: 82
Views: 6221

Re: Ca K telescope

Only three weeks. You lucky dog. I waited many months.
by astrodanco
Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:39 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Ca K telescope
Replies: 82
Views: 6221

Re: Ca K telescope

Certainly not for imaging. For outreach I tried Alt/Az mode with the AZ-EQ6 mount. It promised much. It didn't deliver. Now I use it in EQ mode only.
by astrodanco
Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Ca K telescope
Replies: 82
Views: 6221

Re: Ca K telescope

You can purchase a C102 OTA from OPT for US$99.95 (see here) without any mount and then place it on whatever mount you like. The stock C102 OTA has a short Vixen dovetail that works with any mount with a dovetail saddle that can accept a Vixen dovetail. Or you can purchase a #102CLSCCRDL cradle ring...
by astrodanco
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Ca K telescope
Replies: 82
Views: 6221

Re: Ca K telescope

To echo what Joe said, imaging outside in the bright sunshine doesn't work for me. I remote everything into the house. I have cables for the mount, focus motor and camera all running indoors. I've been using the Rigel Systems nFocus DC focus motor and hand controller. Some people might prefer the st...
by astrodanco
Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:47 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Anybody Had Any Solar Christmas Presents?
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Anybody Had Any Solar Christmas Presents?

Nope, nothing solar related. I received a small box of delicious chocolates that I ate in about 60 seconds flat. Mmm.
by astrodanco
Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:01 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Orang Great Park with Alan and Dan
Replies: 11
Views: 975

Re: Orang Great Park with Alan and Dan

What a gorgeous location for an outreach event! Was this at the Solar Decathlon or something like that? I let Alan know that Randy Shivak and I would be willing to drive our solar equipment out there from Arizona next year if you needed us to and if "all the stars aligned" with work schedules. Feel...
by astrodanco
Thu Dec 05, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: Point Grey Grasshopper Express ICX674 Mono Camera
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

Re: Point Grey Grasshopper Express ICX674 Mono Camera

I can include a Firewire adapter, PCI, PCIe or ExpressCard 34 if you like.

Also note that I have a very good Firewire cable available for sale at a very low price. Twist my arm and I can throw that into the deal.

Please see my profile for my email address.
by astrodanco
Thu Dec 05, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: Point Grey Grasshopper Express ICX674 Mono Camera
Replies: 8
Views: 1524

Re: Point Grey Grasshopper Express ICX674 Mono Camera

This camera is still available. B)
by astrodanco
Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt herschel wedge or baader herschel wedge
Replies: 12
Views: 1395

Re: Lunt herschel wedge or baader herschel wedge

The views will be identical. The baader (photographic version) allows more flexibility from an imaging point of view, wheres the Lunt is a bit cheaper, I think... There's a huge price difference here in the US. The Lunt 1.5-inch is $219, the Lunt 2-inch is $288, the Baader visual is $639 and the Ba...
by astrodanco
Tue Nov 19, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Look and dream, DO NOT BUY
Replies: 7
Views: 890

Re: Look and dream, DO NOT BUY

Walter, Google is your friend. But if you're still not convinced, you're welcome to purchase something from them on their terms, watch your money disappear forever and extortion for more money begin.
by astrodanco
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: CaK PST for sale - help
Replies: 10
Views: 1294

Re: CaK PST for sale - help

Not if you want to be able to sell astronomical equipment on Astromart. I realize there are other places to sell astronomical equipment, but Astromart is the most active. I've sold many thousands of dollars worth of equipment there that I was unable to sell anywhere else. Putting up with Herb's beha...
by astrodanco
Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Shop and Swap
Topic: CaK PST for sale - help
Replies: 10
Views: 1294

Re: CaK PST for sale - help

When dealing with Herb York, always use a prophylactic (credit card). ;)
by astrodanco
Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Optical and Radio Telescope merged into one instrument
Replies: 7
Views: 421

Re: Optical and Radio Telescope merged into one instrument

Definitely not a first in science, I've seen other people do this too, but very cool none the less. :bow:

Stephen, now you need to add a radio telescope to your outreach setup! :woohoo:
by astrodanco
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:23 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Problems Photographing Cak Prominence
Replies: 41
Views: 1998

Re: Problems Photographing Cak Prominence

Warning: A pentaprism is not a Herschel wedge.