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by c8er
Mon Jun 08, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunspot region AR 2765 today from New Zealand
Replies: 6
Views: 172

Sunspot region AR 2765 today from New Zealand

First solar ha light for my APM 140/980 refractor. Poor seeing with quite a stiff breeze. Daystar Quark Chromosphere and ZWO ASI174MM camera with a Rowan Astronomy camera tilter between the two, all on a 10Micron GM1000 HPS mount. I'm not really satisfied with this image, but the seeing was poor and...
by c8er
Sun Feb 23, 2020 12:35 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Need a Travel Scope Recommendation for New Zealand
Replies: 9
Views: 6390

Re: Need a Travel Scope Recommendation for New Zealand

Hello Jack, I can tell you that Starsense alignment works well here in New Zealand, because I was the Celestron early adopter and beta tester who some years ago found that it didn't work at all in this southern hemisphere at first, which they quickly fixed with some urgent firmware changes!! I have ...
by c8er
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 40
Views: 16029

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

I'm hoping that my new 10Micron GM1000 HPS GEM mount will have good solar tracking year round and at most altitudes as 10Micron say in the manual that if you use the mount's "Follow Object" tracking method (different from the usual standard solar/sidereal/lunar rates also in the hand control) that t...
by c8er
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Coronado SME-60 DS and SMF-60 front etalon/tilters. The same thing?
Replies: 0
Views: 9529

Coronado SME-60 DS and SMF-60 front etalon/tilters. The same thing?

Can anyone here tell me if the SME-60 product that Coronado sell as a Double Stack front mount etalon/tilter as an add-on for the SMII 60 scope, is the same thing as the standalone front mount single stack 60mm Etalon/tilter they sell as product SMF-60 as a combo including a blocking filter to put o...
by c8er
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 10Micron mount daytime setup for solar session
Replies: 2
Views: 611

Re: 10Micron mount daytime setup for solar session

MAURITS wrote:
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:49 pm
Chris this is a dream mount, so beautiful.
Thanks Maurits. I'm very much looking forward to it. Certainly a major upgrade from my Celestron AVX.
by c8er
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 10Micron mount daytime setup for solar session
Replies: 2
Views: 611

10Micron mount daytime setup for solar session

A question for 10Micron Eq mount users if there are any here. I have ordered a 10Micron GM1000 HPS mount which is on its way to me, and I am wondering if anyone can tell me what the daytime mount setup process is for solar sessions (in a portable, not permanent set up, from scratch for each session)...
by c8er
Fri Dec 14, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Combo Quark on Refractor
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Re: Combo Quark on Refractor

Many thanks for that Mark.
by c8er
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:07 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Combo Quark on Refractor
Replies: 2
Views: 573

Combo Quark on Refractor

If using a Combo Quark on a refractor where in the chain of optics should my telecentric barlow(s) go? I would be using a rear mounted uv/ir filter for energy rejection. Are there any problems with using a combo quark on a refractor other then getting the f ratio in the right range with barlows? Obv...
by c8er
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:02 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 40
Views: 16029

Re: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount

Agena Astro have asked Skywatcher USA if they will be selling it, and told me the answer was, no they won't.

Chris M
by c8er
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Skywatcher Solarquest mount
Replies: 40
Views: 16029

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 webpage...
by c8er
Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: What camera do you use?
Replies: 13
Views: 4166

Re: What camera do you use?

Has anyone tried the ASI178mm (2.4um pixels) for a short focal length Ha scope? I've been trying my ASI174mmm on a solarmax II 60 and its not working well. I think the pixels are I think just too big for decent resolution at that f/6.7 ratio,. and I;m looking for small pixel option, preferably under...
by c8er
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Maksutov Newtonian with Quark
Replies: 1
Views: 564

Maksutov Newtonian with Quark

Hi All, Just after people's thoughts on my idea of perhaps trying my 152mm f/4.8 Explore Scientific Comet Hunter Mak-Newt with my Chromosphere Quark (a standard Quark, not a Combo Quark). Currently the largest aperture scope I have used my Quark on is my cheapie Synta 102mm Achromat. Obviously I'd n...
by c8er
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:30 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Ca-K options:
Replies: 8
Views: 976

Re: Ca-K options:

Hi Michael, Daystar are advertising the imminent release of a new Quark filter that works in the Ca-H line band rather than the Ca-K line band. I know nothing about that Ca-H band but that might be worth taking a look at. Daystar suggests that the Ca-H band works better for visual observation by old...
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunshine, but probably the last
Replies: 24
Views: 1628

Re: Sunshine, but probably the last

Thanks folks :) For the flat: I take my video with the Quark, then pop a piece of cling film over the front of the scope and take 500 frames with cling film (not changing anything). I then create the master flat in Autostakkert2 with the cling film video, then process the original with 'load master...
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:03 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark

Thanks Alexandra. :)
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sunshine, but probably the last
Replies: 24
Views: 1628

Re: Sunshine, but probably the last

Lovely images thanks Alexandra. How do you do your flats for the Quark images? At the moment (Quark and ASI174MM camera on 102mm f 6.5 achromat) I use a short defocused centre of disk capture (about 1 cm of focuser travel away from focused) and then build the flat in Autostakkert 2. I sometimes stac...
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Episode 2. Directly from my observing site. 150mm SS
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: Episode 2. Directly from my observing site. 150mm SS

Wonderful as always Valery.

Cheers,
Chris M
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 9:34 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Re: Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark

Thanks Mark, Stu. I only saw the plasma plume after I processed it all, as that wasn't apparent when capturing the flare. Seeing wasn't great so the live view was pretty wobbly, and there were a few very thin hazy cloud patches coming across the fov during the captures, hence the very variable brigh...
by c8er
Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:03 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark
Replies: 8
Views: 1066

Solar Flare timelapse animated gif. Quark

First time imaging for two months and I captured this nice little flare that fired up for about 3 or 4 minutes yesterday afternoon, Sunday 1st Nov. Captured using Daystar Quark, very basic "el cheapo" 102 mm f6.5 Nova brand Achromat on Celestron AVX mount with a GSO reducer and ZWO ASI174MM CMOS cam...
by c8er
Sun May 31, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 30-05-2015 Quark Chromosphere
Replies: 12
Views: 789

Re: 30-05-2015 Quark Chromosphere

Ewan wrote:
c8er wrote:Great shots Ewan. What scope and mount? I'm assuming from the fine detail shown that it's a fairly large aperture OTA?

Cheers,
Chris M
Thank you both.

Chris it's an 80mm EDT while using a 0.5FR at the Quark end.
Thanks for that Ewan.

Cheers,
Chris M
by c8er
Sun May 31, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 30-05-2015 Quark Chromosphere
Replies: 12
Views: 789

Re: 30-05-2015 Quark Chromosphere

Great shots Ewan. What scope and mount? I'm assuming from the fine detail shown that it's a fairly large aperture OTA?

Cheers,
Chris M
by c8er
Sun May 31, 2015 10:03 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Timelapse of yesterday's large looping prominence.
Replies: 14
Views: 1120

Re: Timelapse of yesterday's large looping prominence.

Beautifully done. I took notes on your technique. Yet to try anything like this! Hi Nick. I'm very much a beginner at these solar timelapses too. You certainly don't need to be very experienced at it to get a half decent result. I think this is only the third one of these animations I've tried. The...
by c8er
Sun May 31, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 3-D view of the sun spot. Thin filament structure. 150mm
Replies: 7
Views: 473

Re: 3-D view of the sun spot. Thin filament structure. 150m

Wonderful detail Valery. Thank you.

Cheers,
Chris M
by c8er
Sat May 30, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: The large filament
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: The large filament

Lovely images thanks George.

Cheers,
Chris Morriss
by c8er
Sat May 30, 2015 9:56 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar Thursday 28th May
Replies: 12
Views: 938

Re: Solar Thursday 28th May

Nice stuff thanks Mark. We all need some luck with the weather in dodgy/shifting conditions. When I did my timelapse of the big prom, over the two hours it mostly clouded over but somehow a clear hole remained in just the right place for me to image through and get every one of the 120 5 second avis...