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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 skyhawk
Sat May 18, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Tracking the sun MY way :)
Replies: 2
Views: 411

Tracking the sun MY way :)

I don't have an EQ mount, and at the moment I have no use for one BUT it is a pain using the knobs etc to follow the Sun whilst trying to image with white light on the SCt and Quark on the Refractor feeling for them so............................. NO not to track, just to push button follow instead ...
by skyhawk
Wed May 15, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: latest magazines
Replies: 2
Views: 317

latest magazines

by skyhawk
Tue May 14, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: DAYSTAR QUARK Chromosphere "eyepiece" filter
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: DAYSTAR QUARK CHROMOSPHERE “EYEPIECE” FILTER

You don't need a front mounted ERF on a refractor under 150mm
by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Focusser adjustment for Ha advice
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: Focusser adjustment for Ha advice

Thank you
by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Advice on what this is please ?
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Advice on what this is please ?

marktownley wrote:
Sun May 12, 2019 5:38 pm
Looks like a magnimax to me. Focal reducer goes between Quark and camera.
Is THAT what a FR is, MANY thanks, can it be used between quark and eyepiece or just for cameras

The reason I ask is because for some reason I can't get focus, the focusser won't come "out" far enough
by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Advice on what this is please ?
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Advice on what this is please ?

1.25"
Looks like the end of a barlow but longer than another I have
I did buy a "magnimax" years ago ??

Nothing written on it.

Also where in the chain do you place a focal reducer when you have scope, diagonal, quark, eyepiece

Thank you
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by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Focusser adjustment for Ha advice
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Focusser adjustment for Ha advice

Any ideas appreciated.

The 72mm scope is good but with all the weight the focusser slips, any ideas appreciated

thank you

Oh any advice on an alternative focusser also
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by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 16
Views: 2738

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Has anyone tried the new Skywatcher Solarquest mount, which claims to find and track the sun automatically? If it works as advertised its inbuilt solar auto-guiding/tracking could make it a useful mount for lightweight solar setups (stated load capacity of 4kgs). Link here to APM telescope's webpag...
by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 16
Views: 2738

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Added remote focus so that everything can be done from indoors now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7VXcG6hmFA
by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 16
Views: 2738

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Has been discussed here a lot
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by skyhawk
Sun May 12, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Are all IR cut filters the same
Replies: 1
Views: 208

Are all IR cut filters the same

NOT front mounted ERFs. I have a revalation IR blocking filter, not expensive but also not an unknown ebay brand. Are they though all about the same. Using the filter before the Quark, is there really any benefit in a £50 one over a £15 one. Many thanks https://www.telescopehouse.com/revelation-ir-b...
by skyhawk
Sat May 11, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: I am modding a scope mount to more easily follow NOT track........ follow the Sun when viewing, but I have hit a snag.
Replies: 1
Views: 318

I am modding a scope mount to more easily follow NOT track........ follow the Sun when viewing, but I have hit a snag.

I am modding a scope mount to more easily follow NOT track........ follow the Sun when viewing, but I have hit a snag. I need to find two metal boxes/cases that I can place the motors in with the end sticking out for the gear, and the electric cable going in the other end AND bolt it to the mount. T...
by skyhawk
Sat May 11, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: IR CUT filters ??
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: IR CUT filters ??

Why
by skyhawk
Sat May 11, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: IR CUT filters ??
Replies: 2
Views: 245

IR CUT filters ??

Is there a REAL difference rather than just finish between this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-UV-IR-CUT- ... 2aaba921d4

And other IR cut filters for Ha use with a Daystar Quark please, thankss
by skyhawk
Sun May 05, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Skywatcher AZ Motor Mod
Replies: 1
Views: 270

Skywatcher AZ Motor Mod

As I am no way an engineer or electrical person I hope you may help. The AZ Skywatcher mount in the image has knobs that come off, I am considering placing something similar to this on each one Image 2 But the skywatcher is not powerful enough, I don't want to pay hundreds, any ideas, many thanks P1...
by skyhawk
Sat May 04, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please

I have your same 72ED and I am very happy, it is a wonderful solar scope. It allows fine views of the solar disc and prominences with my Quark Chromosphere, with a focal reducer and a 40 mm eyepiece is it possible to see all the solar disc. About the difference with a 120mm scope I totally agree wi...
by skyhawk
Sat May 04, 2019 2:21 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sub Aperture ERF Options For Quarks
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Sub Aperture ERF Options For Quarks

I know there are cheap and expensive filters available, just as a Rolls Royce is better than a Ford Focus, but............ they are still cars, legal and get you from a-b Filters. There are these https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/183268614612?chn=ps and these https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/idas-h-alpha-...
by skyhawk
Sat May 04, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar visual dilemma.
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Solar visual dilemma.

Having to buy that blocking filter for the 150 will be expensive
by skyhawk
Sat May 04, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: May the 4th Solar Activity
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Re: May the 4th Solar Activity

I am also seeing the prominences there too :)
by skyhawk
Sat May 04, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Good focal reducers for Quark?
Replies: 8
Views: 1655

Re: Good focal reducers for Quark?

Many thanks

Looks good but a high cost
by skyhawk
Fri May 03, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please

I have just left UK Solar Imaging because they kept insisting and arguing about the need for ERFs, I did not ask about ERFs, so P L E A S E don't comment on these. I am Autistic, I have aspergers, I am not stupid but it really annoys me when people go so far off topic and insist I am a fool, sorry, ...
by skyhawk
Fri May 03, 2019 2:19 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please
Replies: 7
Views: 456

What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please

Can I please ask a really stupid question

What will be the visual difference between my 72mm Ed and my 120mm triplet with Quark Chromo please.

At the moment I use the setup in the image, but will be getting the AZEQ6 for my 120.

Thank you
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