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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 george9
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Blocking Filter In a Collimated Beam?
Replies: 10
Views: 637

Re: Blocking Filter In a Collimated Beam?

I put my Lunt 2A prominence filter (from an old Prom 15T blocking filter) in series with my Quark and with my Lunt LS80 SS. It gets darker for sure. It seems a little higher contrast, but hard to tell because darker can fool you and look like more contrast. In fact, I A-B tested the 2A versus an ND ...
by george9
Sat Aug 03, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Solar Radio, Magnetometry and Spectroscopy
Topic: 3-month summer comparisons 2017-2019
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: 3-month summer comparisons 2017-2019

Awesome. Thanks for showing this. George
by george9
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Prom 2019 7 21
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Prom 2019 7 21

Awesome photo. I estimated 10% of the solar diameter, but looks like a bit more.

George
by george9
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:49 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Big Prom on July 21
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Big Prom on July 21

It was a spectacular prom today, so detailed. Thanks for captured the image. George
by george9
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Quark
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: New Quark

It was five years old and well used and well traveled, so I don't hold that against it. Things do happen. That's a good question, was it just good seeing? I will check back over time. The fact that the 92mm looked "fine" points to a special day in a big scope. The view looks like single stack in the...
by george9
Sat Jul 20, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New Quark
Replies: 3
Views: 396

New Quark

I just had to report today's view through my new classic Quark H-alpha chromosphere. I loved my old Quark and used it for many years, but one day recently I heard a new rattling inside and noticed it didn't come to temperature or at least took a long time. I sent it to DayStar thinking they could ti...
by george9
Mon Jul 08, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2019 total solar eclipse
Replies: 9
Views: 458

Re: 2019 total solar eclipse

Thanks, all. That was done by my daughter simply holding her iPhone in front of her while she watched the eclipse. I didn't realize how interesting such a video would be. Here is the shot I got from my DSLR. Auto focus and auto exposure but set for +3 stops ahead of time. I picked it up, snapped, an...
by george9
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:51 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 2019 total solar eclipse
Replies: 9
Views: 458

2019 total solar eclipse

We got lucky weather-wise with the 2019 total solar eclipse. It was clear skies all across the South American eclipse path, other than the extreme conditions in the Andes. We viewed from the coast in La Serena, Chile. It was a great event. Many pearly white coronal streamers, a black Moon, and a ver...
by george9
Thu May 30, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Creative Solutions to the Problem of LARGE (8"+) ERF Cells
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Creative Solutions to the Problem of LARGE (8"+) ERF Cells

Is anyone actually interested in purchasing a cell for a 295mm filter today? It would lower the costs to have more than one person. JTW is potentially interested in producing large ones. Thanks for the link, Mark.

George
by george9
Tue May 28, 2019 1:28 pm
Forum: Solar Radio, Magnetometry and Spectroscopy
Topic: Ha sun with SHG
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Ha sun with SHG

Very fun. George
by george9
Sat May 18, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: C11 ERF-Concept
Replies: 15
Views: 2233

Re: C11 ERF-Concept

Given the thread got bumped recently, I just wanted to point out that diffraction is the smaller problem. The bigger problem is that each filter will have very slightly different thickness and be mounted at a very slightly different angle. A better test than a diffraction mask with holes would be to...
by george9
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: First solar shot ASI290
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: First solar shot ASI290

I stacked about 7 frames and let Autostakkert do its default sharpening. I have a lot to learn about processing and imaging, but I like that it seems to have information almost down to the pixel level, even in the ASI290 at f/7 (92mm). Looking at my best single raw frame, it seems real. Only 7 frame...
by george9
Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: NEAF
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: NEAF

It was great to see you out at the solar scopes again, Oivind. Always a pleasure.

George
by george9
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: First solar shot ASI290
Replies: 10
Views: 909

Re: First solar shot ASI290

Thanks, guys. Those are pretty much my first astronomical images, other than the R2 video and iPhone snaps at the eyepiece. I cannot imagine the difficulty of film. The cameras are still on sale, and if you call High Point, they may still subtract the additional NEAF discount (but I guess this won't...
by george9
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: First solar shot ASI290
Replies: 10
Views: 909

First solar shot ASI290

I have to say that I am amazed at the ease of use with an ASI290 I bought on a NEAF sale. My goal is realtime viewing of CaK since I cannot see it. I guess I will end up getting pulled into imaging. But even with just the ASI capture utility, with my PC in the bright sunlight so I could not focus we...
by george9
Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: When I win the lottery
Replies: 20
Views: 1263

Re: When I win the lottery

Yes, I got an advertising email from Lunt with the prices and posted on CN. Not in the email but 5-inch etalons built on very thick plates so no obstructions, circular polarizer to reduce reflections. I won't be spending $90K, but very fun. Hope to look through it next year at NEAF. Too bad it wasn'...
by george9
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Double stacking !!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Double stacking !!!!

I stack my Quark with a Lunt DSII unit (intended for an LS80) on my 155mm.

George
by george9
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: new spot and intens prom in several freq
Replies: 15
Views: 726

Re: new spot and intens prom in several freq

Very nice catch on that prom! Amazing. What size scope was the Mg on? At NEAF, I thought the Mg on the small refractor looked more like a good white light view than even a calcium view (e.g., the two active regions were bright enough in CaK but not visible to me in Mg). But your images show more. Da...
by george9
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: NEAF
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: NEAF

Thanks so much for the nice photo, Franco. I had a steady line all day long Saturday without a single lull. We got lucky on the weather and on the seeing. The tradeoff is that you don't get to play, but I did get around on Sunday before putting up the CaK. Also picked up things like rings for my LS8...
by george9
Sat Apr 06, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: NEAF
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: NEAF

Yes please come out. I should be there both days. May set up a little later than usual for the ground to dry a bit first, but it should get sunny even Saturday. So not sure if I'll make DayStar at 10am or will be outside.

George
by george9
Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: NEAF
Replies: 27
Views: 1397

Re: NEAF

I’ll be set up in the solar party as usual. If it’s cloudy I’ll just have the 80mm for peeks. If nice, then the 80 and a 155mm double stack. Maybe also 70mm with CaK and a video camera.

George
by george9
Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: AR12736, Lunt BF1200ST and a BF question
Replies: 18
Views: 792

Re: AR12736, Lunt BF1200ST and a BF question

Excellent shots! Very similar to my set up with an LS80 DSII unit on my 155mm refractor, then a second focuser. Then a Quark chromosphere. And a D-ERF in front. Raf, I assume the LS50 PT unit has incoming and outgoing collimating lenses? When you ask about the Quark blocking filter, the goal would b...
by george9
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt Calcium filter
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Lunt Calcium filter

Oops. Thanks for pointing that out, Bart. I meant for imaging. I cannot see CaK. I just meant that they designed it for visual and they usually double cover everything. So if I use it for imaging, the camera will be fine without the Lunt ERF behind the bigger ERF. Yes, for visual, my own rule is alw...
by george9
Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Lunt Calcium filter
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Lunt Calcium filter

I suspect this is in another thread, but have people confirmed that the Lunt ERF doesn't cover a frequency otherwise missed by the main components? Lunt tends to double cover frequencies for eye safety (these are rated for visual), so I would guess it is all covered. I wasn't going to remove the Lun...
by george9
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:04 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Weekend of fun in the sun with lots of new equipment
Replies: 16
Views: 903

Re: Weekend of fun in the sun with lots of new equipment

Just curious, can shifting the focus in either direction (i.e., pushing the primary mirror in or out) offset some of the spherical aberration in CaK? It would be a lucky coincidence if so. Or is there any stock item (eg, a Barlow) that has a roughly opposite aberration at this frequency that can be ...