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by Highbury Mark
Sun May 02, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: SolarSpectrum?
Replies: 29
Views: 714

Re: SolarSpectrum?

Wish you the best with this new project Alexandra. A TEC 140 and Solar Spectrum filter sounds like solar heaven, even if it requires a learning curve. I’m just starting out with imaging, using your advice and guidance to find my way around the software, which is incredibly helpful. Maybe the only pi...
by Highbury Mark
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:17 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: April 9 2021 Observations. Visual and Imaging.
Replies: 11
Views: 176

Re: April 9 2021 Observations. Visual and Imaging.

Very nice James. You’re getting decent results even under challenging conditions.The main filament was very striking on Thursday and Friday, though seeing left a lot to be desired here too.
by Highbury Mark
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Extra large prom 20210330 from London!
Replies: 10
Views: 192

Re: Extra large prom 20210330 from London!

Nice results Magnus - I’m another London-based solar enthusiast, just waiting to take delivery of my first camera. Will look out for your images in future.
by Highbury Mark
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 100 Days of Sun
Replies: 12
Views: 189

Re: 100 Days of Sun

Fascinating!
by Highbury Mark
Mon Apr 05, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: 27mm Lunt / Quark Chromosphere
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: 27mm Lunt / Quark Chromosphere

In fact I read somewhere that the Coronado Cemaxes are just rebadged GSO Plossls, perhaps with slightly different coating (and slightly different prices.......). Good tip on the 20mm Superview. It’s really worth experimenting with eyepieces for solar as you never quite know how well they’ll perform ...
by Highbury Mark
Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:56 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: 27mm Lunt / Quark Chromosphere
Replies: 3
Views: 141

Re: 27mm Lunt / Quark Chromosphere

I haven’t tried that particular eyepiece to be fair, but I’m not convinced that any Lunt or Coronado solar eyepiece offers an advantage over simple Plossls or orthoscopics. GSO Plossls are pretty good. But for an extra £25 (UK prices), you could get the best - a 25mm Televue Plossl, which is a super...
by Highbury Mark
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: April 1 2021 Observations.
Replies: 11
Views: 143

Re: April 1 2021 Observations.

Thanks James - poor seeing here too, but spring has sprung in the UK so looking forward to more Sungazing in the weeks ahead
by Highbury Mark
Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:31 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I first used a Lunt 60mm double stack on a skywatcher solarquest mount but I first mounted that on a skywatcher eq6 tripod. Really solid. I then mounted the solarquest mount on a concert pilar, that too was solid. I've since moved to a second hand neq6 to mount both the Lunt ha and 80ed Ca-K scope ...
by Highbury Mark
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:15 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I’ve made a fundamental error with my calculations for this scope. At F/7, I was quoting the original focal ratio of the TeleVue 85. But of course with 70mm filters, it becomes a much slower F/8.6. Does that change the camera advice - or would I still be best off buying the asi1600? Appreciate any ...
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:11 pm
Forum: Sunlit Earth
Topic: More feathery friends - songbird edition
Replies: 14
Views: 219

Re: More feathery friends - songbird edition

Lovely images - thanks for posting
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 31, 2021 11:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: First Light Cal-K and HA Full disks through cloud
Replies: 23
Views: 263

Re: First Light Cal-K and HA Full disks through cloud

Very nice considering the conditions and lack of active regions Nigella. Am sure you’re going to have lots of fun with the new filter.
by Highbury Mark
Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:16 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I’ve made a fundamental error with my calculations for this scope. At F/7, I was quoting the original focal ratio of the TeleVue 85. But of course with 70mm filters, it becomes a much slower F/8.6. Does that change the camera advice - or would I still be best off buying the asi1600? Appreciate any a...
by Highbury Mark
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

Indeed! Thanks for your kind words James, and I look forward to seeing more of your images.
by Highbury Mark
Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:45 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

HM, I am an absolute newbie at astrophotography too so you are not alone here. I am starting with unguided altazimuth mounts which are a challenge. If your mount tracks you have one up on me! So we can be newbies here together! I do plan to get a tracking mount for my smaller instruments ( SMII60, ...
by Highbury Mark
Sat Mar 20, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2" Baader Amici 90° diagonal with Quark for visual Solar
Replies: 6
Views: 127

Re: 2" Baader Amici 90° diagonal with Quark for visual Solar

I’ve used the Baader T2 Amici diagonal for both solar and lunar. As you’ll know the problem with these diagonals is they are difficult to make precisely and often there’s a spike visible. The Baaders are among the best on the market, yet even some of these do show the spike at higher magnifications....
by Highbury Mark
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: march 17 , solarscout
Replies: 7
Views: 151

Re: march 17 , solarscout

Looks like you got a really good etalon Paul. Lovely disc.
by Highbury Mark
Thu Mar 18, 2021 6:19 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

Thanks Rainer - useful to know. There is also a potentially useful side effect of going for the more expensive Pro version - more weight to help counteract the heavy filters at the front.
by Highbury Mark
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:53 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I’m inching towards a decision on an imaging set up, thanks to Mark and Marty (via CN) for advice, who both recommended the asi1600 for my F/7 scope. Can I get away with the basic version - ie non-Pro/cooled? I’m only going to be using the camera for solar Ha, WL and maybe lunar. So no long sessions...
by Highbury Mark
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

Why do you need to change anything Mark, or have a I missed something. A camera probably weighs less than your eyepiece, so why will the weight change and need a new mount? Alexandra That was what I was hoping Alexandra - that I’d be ok with current kit. I think I’d be ok on overall weight and bala...
by Highbury Mark
Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I hear what you're saying, i'm in a similar predicament, both with space and the back. Do you end up observing from the same spot at your flat mostly? Pretty much Mark. From April to September - as long as inside and outside temperatures are same - I can observe from my kitchen, which is handy for ...
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

I have much to ponder. Part of the challenge is living in a smallish flat with little space for astro gear, and a dodgy back which forced me to sell my heavier set up a few years ago. This is definitely not something to be rushed into.
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Re: Need advice on imaging set up

Hi Mark. If you are going to do 'one camera fits all' I would recommend a ZWO1600mm, you could do full disks with it and barlow, and then use ROI for close ups. Regards the solarquest mount which I also have, my only concern with your setup would be it is very nose heavy with those DS70s sat next t...
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 10, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Need advice on imaging set up
Replies: 23
Views: 509

Need advice on imaging set up

Hi all, I need your expertise to guide me on my entry into solar imaging. I’m a total beginner in astrophotography. First, I’ll be using a TV85 F/7 refractor (focal length 600mm) with Solarscope SF70mm filters. What would be the best camera choice for this set up? Second - and this might be a bigger...
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:59 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunspot genesis - the birth and death of a short lived
Replies: 15
Views: 280

Re: Sunspot genesis - the birth and death of a short lived

Remarkable footage - I wonder if there was more activity around the spot in Ha?
by Highbury Mark
Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:54 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: My first stacked image.
Replies: 28
Views: 337

Re: My first stacked image.

Very nice James. Working long hours so not checking the forum as often as I’d like, but I’d be proud of that. Inspiring me ever closer to try imaging myself.....