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by MalVeauX
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ISS pass 19th October 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 48

Re: ISS pass 19th October 2018

Superb!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725 HighRes Mosaic | 150mm HA | Oct 19th 2018
Replies: 0
Views: 13

AR2724 & AR2725 HighRes Mosaic | 150mm HA | Oct 19th 2018

Heya, Fairly decent morning, starting to cool down a little in Florida. Still in the 90's F every day though. The mornings are a little more tolerable, humidity is still high, but it's slowly coming down. Anyhow, AR2724 & AR2725 are still fairly prominent with some minor activity on the disc, but no...
by MalVeauX
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Experimenting calcium imaging with small refractors
Replies: 22
Views: 572

Re: Experimenting calcium imaging with small refractors

Looks like it handles it great!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Fizzy fuzz and rotation
Replies: 8
Views: 124

Re: Fizzy fuzz and rotation

Pretty cool!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725 High Res Mosaic, Proms, FullDisc | 150mm, 40mm, HA | Oct 18th 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 88

AR2724 & AR2725 High Res Mosaic, Proms, FullDisc | 150mm, 40mm, HA | Oct 18th 2018

Heya, Woke up to a cloudy sky but had some sucker holes. The AR's are pretty large, so I had to attempt some mosaics to be able to frame them up. I did two at different times, and you can see the differences in AR2725, it's a feisty little AR and has some activity going on spitting some filaments ar...
by MalVeauX
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: How to double stack a Lunt CaK Module? And ERF?
Replies: 27
Views: 911

Re: How to double stack a Lunt CaK Module? And ERF?

bart1805 wrote:
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:13 pm
Thanks Apollo and Marty!
That's the one in the link.

And I just put a 1.25" filter from a GSO 1.25" polarizing filter into the same cell and it fits and secures down with the threading internal ring. So it works for 25.4mm filters and standard 1.25" commercial filters just fine.

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Wed Oct 17, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: How to double stack a Lunt CaK Module? And ERF?
Replies: 27
Views: 911

Re: How to double stack a Lunt CaK Module? And ERF?

Haha, thanks Bob :) Funny enough the past filters I ordered, 25mm filter, from Newport (KG3 filter) and it dropped right into a basic 1.25" filter cell and I just turned the ring inside it and it housed great. Worked right into everything truly simply. Just couldn't handle the heat because I was du...
by MalVeauX
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

Back to the C8 Edge-HD, the optical quality is much better than the optical quality of these vintage SC...I started a long time ago with an orange tube C8 ... The C8 Edge-HD is an excellent balance between portability, ease of use, optical quality and resolution. The only drawback is that you need ...
by MalVeauX
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

I would suggest monitoring the temperature inside your observatory. The big questions are: - What is the temperature during daytime and during night time ? - Do you have a change in temperature all along the night ? It's often around 100F during the day in there. At night, it may be in the mid 80F ...
by MalVeauX
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:09 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725 & FilaProm at 120mm, Full Disc | HA | Oct 15th 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 83

Re: AR2724 & AR2725 & FilaProm at 120mm, Full Disc | HA | Oct 15th 2018

I found it by total chance, so far, the etalon appears quite good and the ITF is excellent too. I may use it for a PST mod eventually with the 6" refractor and if I can pull funds together a C8 Edge later on, to stay modular to move between scopes, and double up with the Quark.

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725 & FilaProm at 120mm, Full Disc | HA | Oct 15th 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 83

AR2724 & AR2725 & FilaProm at 120mm, Full Disc | HA | Oct 15th 2018

Heya, Another lovey clear morning with good seeing. But, very little going on with our star. There's a filaprom that is interesting as it transitions. Maybe it will be really interesting tomorrow or the day after, though I'll be at work for that unfortunately, so hopefully someone else takes a look....
by MalVeauX
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: SolarMax 60 II vs, Daystar SS60-DS

I would not touch the Daystar. The "double stack performance" is marketing garbage. It's not a double stack at all and is going to have parasitic continuum show up. For imaging purposes, it's a fairly long scope too, due to the internal telecentric. Also, how do you double stack it in the future if ...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

Hi Marty, At the moment my 9 inch Maksutov is being tested and optimised. How good is it at different wavelengths for example and it is getting the perfect collimation. I allready know it is really good for visual. The optics are built into a carbon tube and isolated from the inside out with Armafl...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

And something else. Why would a 8 inch SCT be better than a 6 inch refractor? You win two inches, but you loose a lot because of the central obstruction. So by default, contrast is better in a refractor. Yes, there are great 8 inch SCT's and Maksutovs. But if you want to go a step further, make a m...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

Sorry, I should have noted, the focuser is a GSO Crayford focuser for SCT's on the back of it. I don't focus moving the primary mirror (other than to get it close). The dual speed focus of the crayford does the rest of the work. Getting focus isn't too hard, as long as there is at least one sunspot ...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725, 150mm vs 120mm, HA & WL | Oct 14th 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 118

Re: AR2724 & AR2725, 150mm vs 120mm, HA & WL | Oct 14th 2018

Interesting comparison, Marty: what are your thoughts after the results are in ? Franco Hi Franco, The 30mm aperture difference is subtle, but I feel like I see more structure and definition in the "knuckles" in the plage areas and everything is just a bit more detailed enough to differentiate the ...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

Heya, So I had a little time this morning to test a few things. I had a "first light success" this time. So this SCT isn't the worst, but it's certainly not excellent. Anyhow, if you refer back to my previous post, I have some representations recorded to show the airy disk and collimation in general...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724 & AR2725, 150mm vs 120mm, HA & WL | Oct 14th 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 118

AR2724 & AR2725, 150mm vs 120mm, HA & WL | Oct 14th 2018

Heya, Woke up to a fairly decent sky. Fiddled between a few setups to see some differences. I mainly wanted to compare real world results of a 150mm (6") refractor to a 120mm (4.7") refractor, both at F35. There's a single decent prom but I mainly just observed it a while. I was overall watching the...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 10-13-2018 Ar2724 - Triple iron arch's
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: 10-13-2018 Ar2724 - Triple iron arch's

Interesting. I'm always curious how filaments in various wavelengths compare as filaments seen from above, hovering over the surface, compared to the same filaments on a limb with the void of space behind them, in various wavelengths, and why it's so hard to see them there when the should likely be ...
by MalVeauX
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Help Diagnose an SCT?
Replies: 24
Views: 426

Re: Help Diagnose an SCT?

Hello, Thank you all for taking the time to give input. I had a little time tonight and wanted to do a little testing to try and figure a few things out. Vega was near Zenith tonight, so I pointed it there. I recorded some images focused and out of focus on both sides of focus to share to maybe help...
by MalVeauX
Sat Oct 13, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724, Flaring, Animation, Proms and Full Disc | HA | Oct 13th 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 136

Re: AR2724, Flaring, Animation, Proms and Full Disc | HA | Oct 13th 2018

I don't know why the GIF won't auto play.... maybe it was too big?

Here's the animation on my Astrobin:

Image

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Oct 13, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR2724, Flaring, Animation, Proms and Full Disc | HA | Oct 13th 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 136

AR2724, Flaring, Animation, Proms and Full Disc | HA | Oct 13th 2018

Heya, Well, Hurricane Michael is gone (we were ok in my area in Florida) and my sky is clear again. It's been over 90 degrees F every day and humid and yet today I woke up to chilly temperatures and frost on my grass of all things. I had a clear sky all morning so I left my scope pointed at AR2724 t...
by MalVeauX
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Today's SUN (20181013) | imaged through high clouds
Replies: 17
Views: 364

Re: Today's SUN (20181013) | imaged through high clouds

Nice Pedro! Looks like a nice little portable setup too, looks great!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Today's SUN (20181013) | imaged through high clouds
Replies: 10
Views: 129

Re: Today's SUN (20181013) | imaged through high clouds

Nice Pedro! Looks like a nice little portable setup too, looks great!

Very best,
by MalVeauX
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: 152mm PST Stage 2 Mod has Begun
Replies: 10
Views: 316

Re: 152mm PST Stage 2 Mod has Begun

Sounds cool Jack!

How about some images of your cardboard cells and where you internally placed the ERF?

Very best,