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Transit of Mercury in the Spicule Layer. Phil took this great image with his Quantum 6 Scope, Solar Spectrum etalon and PGR Camera.

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by Bob Yoesle
Fri Oct 25, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt monster
Replies: 14
Views: 1257

Re: Lunt monster

Agreed Mark, Indeed it would theoretically be even smaller, since the FWHM of the PST is generrally closer to 0.1 nm, and a double stacked air spaced etalon is less than 0.05 nm; the Jacquinot spot is proportional to the square root of 2 x the FWHM.
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt monster
Replies: 14
Views: 1257

Re: Lunt monster

Just visited with Brian at Lunt where this telescope is located... an impressive instrument when seen up close and personal. Objective has ERF coatings. Middle section has a large tilted precision polished optical window with additional ERF coatings. Open tube design in order to prevent build-up of ...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: When I win the lottery
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: When I win the lottery

Just visited with Brian at Lunt where this telescope is located... an impressive instrument when seen up close and personal. Objective has ERF coatings. Middle section has a large tilted precision polished optical window with additional ERF coatings. Open tube design in order to prevent build-up of ...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Oct 23, 2019 1:01 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Time for selling...
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: Time for selling...

That is indeed a rather old citation, and one must take most predictions with a grain of salt. One of the most respected sources for solar information is Dr. David Hathaway, who is now retired from NASA, but who maintains an active solar prediction interest with solar physicist Lisa Upton: We predic...
by Bob Yoesle
Mon Aug 19, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Blocking Filter In a Collimated Beam?
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: Blocking Filter In a Collimated Beam?

"Anyone ever tried placing a Coronado / Lunt blocking filter in a collimated beam to see if it trims down continuum leakage in the wings?" Hi Mark, not sure this would get much improvement. If the BF has a Lorentzian profile - just as with FP etalons - the main effect would be to improve field angl...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:47 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: asi120mm-s DIY cooling
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: asi120mm-s DIY cooling

Did this with my Chameleon a few years back:

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/3266 ... chameleon/

I would consider active cooling for about any camera employed during the day for solar imaging.
by Bob Yoesle
Tue Jul 02, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Tuesday Morning Sunshine - 2nd July
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: Tuesday Morning Sunshine - 2nd July

Very nice images Mark! What generation of SM90 do you have? Just an etalon/BF or the whole SM scope?

For your DS images I'm assuming you're using the telecentric version. Has anyone tried the Combo version for DSing?
by Bob Yoesle
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Help me to know what is that...
Replies: 3
Views: 377

Re: Help me to know what is that...

Those appear to be either Newton's rings or FP etalon interference fringes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%27s_rings https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fabry%E2%80%93P%C3%A9rot_interferometer They could be an internal reflection issue with your imaging system, or there might be something amiss with...
by Bob Yoesle
Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Relation between BF size and the PST Sweet Spot
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: Relation between BF size and the PST Sweet Spot

No, not true. The "sweet spot," technically known as the Jacquinot spot, is generated by the field angles (and for the mica filters - instrument angles) produced by the optical configuration within which the etalon is placed. For collimator based etalon systems, it has little to do with the f ratios...
by Bob Yoesle
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade

Good luck with your journey David - but I did want to get back to you about your question: " Fascinating Bob. So a question then, of the front mounted etalons on the market are some generally better than others e.g. Coronado vs Lunt vs Solarscope vs ?? Or do the variations in each make it pretty muc...
by Bob Yoesle
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Photographic Benefits of UV/IR Blocking Filter
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: Photographic Benefits of UV/IR Blocking Filter

I have seen first hand that if something can go wrong, it will eventually actually go wrong - at least for someone. So when it comes to safety, I'm pretty conservative. I also believe there is a reason most solar telescope OEM's incorporate IR blocking as a safety AND liability issue. Here's a slide...
by Bob Yoesle
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade

" Front mounted etalons are fickle and unreliable in terms of their performance - I have been through and own quite a few; a couple of them are lovely and flat, and show no banding etc due to needing excess tilt. Then there are quite a lot that do have banding and especially with imaging more so sho...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Apr 24, 2019 5:35 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Lunt CaK module testing 22nd April
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Lunt CaK module testing 22nd April

Hi Valery, I don't think it is valid to apply processing to only one image and not the other to come to a conclusion that the questionable filter has no faults. Under the circumstances of using identical scopes, camera, and processing to obtain the images, the significant differences between the two...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Lunt CaK module testing 22nd April
Replies: 24
Views: 991

Re: Lunt CaK module testing 22nd April

Hi Alexandra, I noticed you called yours a "Lunt CaK wedge." I'm assuming that means it's the B1800 diagonal, and therefore the diagonal mirror itself might be a part of the problem. If you are beyond the Lunt 5 year warranty and end up stuck with it (and since you likely do only imaging for CaK any...
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade
Replies: 19
Views: 982

Re: Hydrogen Alpha Upgrade

You've covered all the bases David.

Front etalon(s) will generally give you the best performance - especially for full disc views/imaging, and of course will cost the most...
by Bob Yoesle
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:29 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: PST Etalon with a Quark, Log & Results
Replies: 115
Views: 9358

Re: PST Etalon with a Quark, Log & Results

That's really very good Marty, and better than a lot of others I've seen with the more recently made filter systems.
by Bob Yoesle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: When I win the lottery
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: When I win the lottery

Here's the skinny from Lunt: https://mailchi.mp/luntsolarsystems/join-us-at-neaf-and-double-stack-your-savings-save-10-off-gift-cards-starting-now-2205613?e=657ad57360 Intriguing for the ability to do "full disc" imaging - which indeed would require very large etalons to keep the Jacquinot spot larg...
by Bob Yoesle
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:57 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: First solar shot ASI290
Replies: 10
Views: 834

Re: First solar shot ASI290

Looks great George!
by Bob Yoesle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Help tweak this PST + SM40II Double Stack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1028

Re: Help tweak this PST + SM40II Double Stack?

Marty, I would be very careful about compression Richview tuning. 1) The DS etslons sometimes are farther to the red wing, and may require more compression to come on-hand with no tilt. 2) Going to the blue wing could apply too much pressure, stressing or fracturing the ERF (there are no collimating...
by Bob Yoesle
Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:20 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Help tweak this PST + SM40II Double Stack?
Replies: 20
Views: 1028

Re: Help tweak this PST + SM40II Double Stack?

I would try the SM40 on its own on another small refractor. Leave the tilt alone (e.g. no tilt) and use the Richview only (compression - tightening) to tune the etalon. Add the etalon to the pre-tuned PST, and tilt the etalon just enough to get the reflections of the disc far enough to get the full ...
by Bob Yoesle
Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Tilt needed on a front ERF?
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Tilt needed on a front ERF?

I recall the general parameter for both external and internal filter tilts is about 2 degrees.
by Bob Yoesle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Crazy Idea...?
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Crazy Idea...?

Removed.
by Bob Yoesle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Crazy Idea...?
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Crazy Idea...?

Removed.
by Bob Yoesle
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: When I win the lottery
Replies: 20
Views: 1118

Re: When I win the lottery

I think the price tag will be scary when it is released too.
A poster on CN stated it was "six figures," and this might be true given the cost of the LS230 (DS).
by Bob Yoesle
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Experimenting calcium imaging with small refractors
Replies: 49
Views: 5054

Re: Experimenting calcium imaging with small refractors

I have not measured it or taken one of the objective out of it's cell. The value is based solely on Mike Jones penciling it out theoretically. That said, a general rule for Achromats may apply for the curves and spacings being scalable to a percentage of the focal length, and therefore if the actual...