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by solarchat
Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:50 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Topaz Photo AI - opinions...? (+my latest image)
Replies: 13
Views: 257

Re: Topaz Photo AI - opinions...? (+my latest image)

I use topaz denoise for all of my wildlife photography and have found nothing that comes even close to the same quality. I have photo AI, Denoise, sharpen, and every other product they sell and I have found that they do not work as well on monochrome solar images as RGB 12-16 bit images. As far as u...
by solarchat
Mon Feb 26, 2024 11:29 pm
Forum: Sunlit Earth
Topic: some sunlight at the marsh
Replies: 2
Views: 69

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by solarchat
Tue Feb 20, 2024 11:31 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Marsh Sun Feb 20 2024
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Marsh Sun Feb 20 2024

Hey ya'll. :) Had some extra wood from a project so I made myself a solar imaging station for the marsh property. I'm no carpenter but Ido know my math. :) These are images of our nearest star taken today from the Georgia coastal marsh using a custom made, externally doublestacked Lunt LS100mm with ...
by solarchat
Sun Feb 11, 2024 5:18 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: new Hi-res photospheric telescope
Replies: 76
Views: 5214

Re: new Hi-res photospheric telescope

Hi everyone. Reading this post I am reminded of other forums where people “have to be right” about everything and it devolves into an argument about some issue rather than a friendly exchange of ideas and information. This gentleman has an exciting new product idea and is attempting to ask for input...
by solarchat
Wed Feb 07, 2024 12:51 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: February chat
Replies: 40
Views: 2954

Re: February chat

thank you for that post Maurits.
I’ve been feeling very irrelevant and a little use or value lately. Your appreciation of my years of work and expense on this forum gave me a great lift of the spirits.
by solarchat
Mon Feb 05, 2024 1:19 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: February chat
Replies: 40
Views: 2954

Re: February chat

Thank you for those stories, friends. For me, as a child in the 60s we would visit my grandparents house in Palm Bay Florida, just a few miles from Cape Canaveral, every summer. My grandfather was a retired Army Master Sergeant who served in England during World War II and in Germany for the reconst...
by solarchat
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:12 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Outreach Experiences, Ideas and Techniques
Topic: Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Re: Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory

This donation whittles down my telescope inventory to just one set for the Atlanta home and one set for the Marsh House. Since I gave away all the h alpha scopes except for my two original and irreplaceable Coronado 90s, I was able to get them out and clean them up for mounting on my Atlanta set up....
by solarchat
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:07 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Outreach Experiences, Ideas and Techniques
Topic: Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Re: Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory

I changed out all the pressure tuning seals and put new grease on them as well as replacing the glass in the blocking filter before I shipped it so they would not have any problems. I also included extra blocking filter glass and extra rubber O-rings. I really hope it gets there in one piece. For th...
by solarchat
Tue Jan 30, 2024 12:05 am
Forum: Solar Astronomy Outreach Experiences, Ideas and Techniques
Topic: Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory
Replies: 13
Views: 452

Massive donation to the opening of the Kosovo National Observatory

last time I was in Kosovo, CBSAP Director there, Pranvera Hyseni, and I met at length with the president of the country and his minister of education to try and get the ball rolling on a public observatory in their country. A lot of you follow our Facebook page and already know how this has come to ...
by solarchat
Sun Jan 28, 2024 4:02 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Solarchat Zoom meeting, February 11th 1800z
Replies: 20
Views: 1413

Solarchat Zoom meeting, February 11th 1800z

I have to travel this weekend and will not be able to host the meeting but Alexandra is trying to arrange for another host. Please check back on this topic for the correct hosting information which will be posted soon. Alexandra's Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/94658584402 Meeting ID: 946 5858 ...
by solarchat
Wed Jan 24, 2024 2:52 pm
Forum: Solar Astronomy Outreach Experiences, Ideas and Techniques
Topic: Awesome achievement that all our donors should be super proud of.
Replies: 9
Views: 343

Awesome achievement that all our donors should be super proud of.

One of our longtime affiliates of the Charlie Bates solar astronomy project is in Popayan, Colombia. Peter takes his gear all over the countryside and through the jungles to spread the science of the sun and astronomy in general with native populations. Last week he went to a remote jungle village a...
by solarchat
Mon Jan 15, 2024 11:58 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Solarchat Zoom meeting Jan 14th 1800GMT
Replies: 14
Views: 1716

Re: Solarchat Zoom meeting Jan 14th 1800GMT

Nic, It took me a day or two to respond to that because it was just so very kind of you to say those things. I will admit I have been feeling sort of non-relevant for a good while now as the technology in the hobby has passed me by. There was a time when I was “the man”, for sure, but listening to P...
by solarchat
Mon Jan 01, 2024 1:22 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Happy New Year and thanks members!
Replies: 19
Views: 1887

Happy New Year and thanks members!

Hey everyone, I’m the guy that owns the forum and tries to keep it running. Just a little history for new members that have no idea what this group is about. In 2008 I founded what has become the world’s largest solar astronomy and sunlight in nature nonprofit, named in memoriam to a fellow veteran,...
by solarchat
Sat Dec 30, 2023 2:37 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Thanks for the report of ChatGPT user/sorry for the purge this morning
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: Thanks for the report of ChatGPT user/sorry for the purge this morning

after doing some research and talking with various people, it seems that the whole ChatGPT generated nonsense is just a new twist on the “lost dog” posts on Facebook where a nefarious individual puts up some heart wrenching post about finding a lost dog in a sales group and then goes back after the ...
by solarchat
Sat Dec 30, 2023 1:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Thanks for the report of ChatGPT user/sorry for the purge this morning
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Thanks for the report of ChatGPT user/sorry for the purge this morning

We had to purge the cache and logout all users this morning after a report from one of our vigilant legitimate users (thank you) of an account (Pranav) that was for some reason posting quoted replies generated by ChatGPT. I’m sorry if anyone was in the middle of a large post and got logged out but h...
by solarchat
Wed Dec 27, 2023 4:22 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Solarchat Zoom meeting Jan 14th 1800GMT
Replies: 14
Views: 1716

Solarchat Zoom meeting Jan 14th 1800GMT

please join us for a fun and informal chat amongst our wonderful Solarchat members.

Solarchat is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5813691822?omn=88110295468

Meeting ID: 581 369 1822
Passcode: 21122112

                    
by solarchat
Thu Dec 21, 2023 7:20 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Apollo Cameras
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Apollo Cameras

btw, I use mine in an LS152 as well and the entire disk fits on the sensor
by solarchat
Thu Dec 21, 2023 7:19 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Apollo Cameras
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Apollo Cameras

I will also add, as the Director of this nonprofit, that Player One Astronomy supports various outreach endeavors while ZWO does not have any interest in it.
The Apollo M Max is the official camera of the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project and therefore the Solarchat forum as well.
by solarchat
Thu Dec 21, 2023 7:16 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Apollo Cameras
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Apollo Cameras

same camera. the Pro has a cooler on it.
I use it without the cooler for Solar at 34° north latitude and it works perfectly.
by solarchat
Thu Dec 14, 2023 12:11 pm
Forum: Solar Radio, Magnetometry and Spectroscopy
Topic: Custom-made fused quartz slits for SHG -- 9 micron x 12 mm
Replies: 14
Views: 2614

Re: Custom-made fused quartz slits for SHG -- 9 micron x 12 mm

WilcoS , you should be good now. you have to await moderator approval on the first message so we can make sure you are not a scammer. :)
by solarchat
Wed Dec 13, 2023 12:51 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 393,WL,CAK,HA 12.7 mosaic image Sunspot Photosphere /Chromospherer
Replies: 9
Views: 720

Re: 393,WL,CAK,HA 12.7 mosaic image Sunspot Photosphere /Chromospherer

I love the graphic showing the layers of the atmosphere
by solarchat
Sun Dec 10, 2023 8:53 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: December Solarchat Zoom meeting! Dec 10th 1800GMT
Replies: 27
Views: 2339

Re: December Solarchat Zoom meeting! Dec 10th 1800GMT

a Zoom accojnt is necessary to sign in because otherwise it would be full of hackers. No payment is needed. Also, there were a couple of Russian names that I did mot recognize and I did jot allow them in because they also had no video. Tjis is exactly what the hackers look like. Turn on the “join wi...
by solarchat
Wed Dec 06, 2023 11:07 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: THANKS to the British Astronomical Association!
Replies: 8
Views: 890

THANKS to the British Astronomical Association!

Great big thanks to the British Astronomical Association (BAA) for renewing their yearly sponsorship of the Solarchat forum!

If you’re not a member, you should join!

www.britastro.org
by solarchat
Sun Dec 03, 2023 4:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Practice your skills with my avi files from today!
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Practice your skills with my avi files from today!

I have about 900 TB more if you want it. :)
by solarchat
Thu Nov 30, 2023 4:47 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Practice your skills with my avi files from today!
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Re: Practice your skills with my avi files from today!

excellent! the uneven illumination is from blocking filter irregularities.
by solarchat
Wed Nov 29, 2023 11:29 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Practice your skills with my avi files from today!
Replies: 7
Views: 627

Practice your skills with my avi files from today!

I thought it might be fun for someone to practice processing these H alpha file sets that I took today. Here is a dropbox link to the RAW avi files if anyone would like to process them for practice. I would love to see someone blow me away with their skills. Let's see what ya got! https://www.dropbo...
by solarchat
Wed Nov 29, 2023 10:36 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sun from the Atlanta driveway Nov 29th with PLAYER ONE APOLLO M MAX
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Sun from the Atlanta driveway Nov 29th with PLAYER ONE APOLLO M MAX

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by solarchat
Tue Nov 28, 2023 3:34 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Etalon/Blocking Filter Sweet Spot and Alignment Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: Etalon/Blocking Filter Sweet Spot and Alignment Questions

these are blocking filter anomalies. its always the blocking filter. I would strongly advise against any tweaking of the etalon housing or internal optics in the scope. The blocking filter diagonal and glass is adjusted at the factory but it is not designed to be adjusted by the end user. It is held...
by solarchat
Mon Nov 27, 2023 6:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Spots galore
Replies: 20
Views: 2736

Re: Spots galore

technically close to perfection and just the way I like'em... monochrome with "just the facts, ma'am"
by solarchat
Mon Nov 27, 2023 6:11 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: December Solarchat Zoom meeting! Dec 10th 1800GMT
Replies: 27
Views: 2339

December Solarchat Zoom meeting! Dec 10th 1800GMT

Stephen W. Ramsden (Solarchat) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Solarchat December Zoom meeting

December 10th 1800GMT (1PM Eastern time US)

Join Solarchat Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5813691822

Meeting ID: 581 369 1822
Passcode: 21122112
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by solarchat
Thu Nov 02, 2023 2:40 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Please be the end of APOD
Replies: 8
Views: 564

Please be the end of APOD

I’m guessing everyone has seen the absolute abomination that was published as an APOD today on the NASA APOD website. This is yet another in a long line of amateurish fakes with no scientific value that have been put out by that silly website as being the epitome of astrophotography, etc. They are r...
by solarchat
Wed Nov 01, 2023 10:42 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: $18902 !!
Replies: 2
Views: 287

$18902 !!

We finished up with an extra 2 donations today for a total of $18,902. We had 160 donations (27 from Solarchat and 133 from Facebook only folks) and an average of $113.50. I am drawing for the prizes now and will announce them on Facebook and then hear. Although we did not make the goal, we did a re...
by solarchat
Wed Nov 01, 2023 10:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Fall fundraiser over
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Fall fundraiser over

my wife kicked in $3000…:)
by solarchat
Wed Nov 01, 2023 8:41 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Fall fundraiser over
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Fall fundraiser over

Well, we finished out the fundraiser a little ahort of the goal but thank you Mike Maurer, John R. Nagle and all the incredible people who supported Solar Astronomy and Sunlight in Nature outreach in this years’ Fall fundraiser! www.paypal.me/cbsap We will have our prize drawing this afternoon. Than...
by solarchat
Tue Oct 31, 2023 2:25 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Come on!
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Come on!

LAST DAY TO MAKE OUR GOAL!! Thanks Ginie Abney Anthony, and Geoffrey Harris! for the very generous donations to the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project /Sunlit Earth! fall fundraiser!! www.paypal.me/cbsap to help us teach more science and nature and maybe win a cool prize! you can donate without a...
by solarchat
Mon Oct 30, 2023 7:19 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Last day of the fundraiser. where are ya?
Replies: 0
Views: 308

Last day of the fundraiser. where are ya?

Thanks Lisa Frederick Crawford, Tammy Poulnott and William Caldwell for your generous donations to the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project/Sunlit Earth Fall fundraiser one more day to reach our goal and award the prizes! support science education at www.paypal.me/cbsap IMG_3454.jpeg IMG_3415.jpeg
by solarchat
Sun Oct 29, 2023 12:18 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Outfitting a C14 Edge for Solar Imaging
Replies: 11
Views: 3232

Re: Outfitting a C14 Edge for Solar Imaging

NASA SDO has all the equipment you could ever need already setup and free to use over the internet. Extreme UV isn’t visible from inside the Earth’s atmosphere.
by solarchat
Sat Oct 28, 2023 12:38 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 5 days to go
Replies: 1
Views: 347

5 days to go

Thanks Buddy Harrell, Sharon Leslie and Melanie Edwards Furr for your generous contributions to our Fall fundraiser!
We are slowly inching our way to the goal and would appreciate your support.
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by solarchat
Tue Oct 24, 2023 1:19 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: almost half way
Replies: 1
Views: 1039

almost half way

www.paypal.me/cbsap
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by solarchat
Tue Oct 17, 2023 2:05 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Half way through the month. need your help
Replies: 3
Views: 1590

Half way through the month. need your help

The annular eclipse is in the books and the total eclipse is coming up on April 8th! www.paypal.me/cbsap to supportnour refustered nonprofit 501c3 We are doing our Fall fundraiser right now and invite you to support the worlds largest solar astronomy nonprofit and educational internet forum. We star...
by solarchat
Sun Oct 15, 2023 1:12 am
Forum: Annular Solar Eclipse October 14 2023
Topic: Frustrating annular eclipse here on the GA coast.
Replies: 5
Views: 1483

Frustrating annular eclipse here on the GA coast.

it was completely overcast here on the coast until about eight minutes before the end of the eclipse. Then I got a 30 to 40 second thinner patch of clouds where I could see the Sun. Thankfully, I was ready with just my unfiltered birdwatching camera to get this one cloudy shot. neither of my two rea...
by solarchat
Tue Oct 10, 2023 10:34 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: your assistance please
Replies: 2
Views: 1935

your assistance please

:seesaw Okay, one donation yesterday and thank you. Let’s see if we can at least double that today. 🙂 The Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project/Sunlit Earth Fall fundraiser is going on through October. We are a real nonprofit 501c3 in Atlanta, GA USA. We are not a gofundme page or any of that sketch...
by solarchat
Mon Oct 09, 2023 1:05 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: fall fundraiser needs your help!
Replies: 2
Views: 1548

Re: fall fundraiser needs your help!

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It is October 9th. The fundraiser goal is 20k US and it ends on October 31st.

Please support the Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project/Sunlit Earth! and this free internet forum with a generous donation at www.paypal.me/cbsap
by solarchat
Sat Oct 07, 2023 12:54 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Full disks with the Player One Apollo M Max and the PGR grasshopper Express 6MP Oct 5th
Replies: 10
Views: 1745

Full disks with the Player One Apollo M Max and the PGR grasshopper Express 6MP Oct 5th

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by solarchat
Sat Oct 07, 2023 12:52 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Students in Popayan, Colombia thank donors
Replies: 7
Views: 1477

Students in Popayan, Colombia thank donors

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www.paypal.me/cbsap