Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

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Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by marktownley » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:17 pm

Away from home for a week on a family holiday - lots of people all at the same place for the mother in laws 80th birthday. It gave me a chance to try out my travelling kit - a Skywatcher AZ Gti mount (I went for this over the sol version so I could use it for night time too), The ED60 f6 refractor, and variety of filters etc that all fit into 2 aluminium flight cases. We're stopping up in the mountains of wales where clouds appear and disappear quicker than you can plan for.

Starting off in CaK the ED60 has awful spherical aberration at 393nm, and takes a huge amount of sharpening to make something from it. My other refractors are much better in this respect. Taken using a 2x cemax barlow:

Imagecak-full-disk-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Imagecak-full-disk-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Swapping the CaK module for a pair of Lunt 50mm etalons on the front of the scope now; I was really struggling to see anything on the laptop as had forgot my cap and also the laptop screen. Grrr! Struggled to get even illumination here. Same 2x cemax barlow used to fill the ICX814 chip.

ImageHa-full-disk-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

ImageHa-full-disk-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

I keep trying to make a nice double stack system, but time again the results to beat are with my flat Lunt50 etalon double stacked with the Daystar Quark.

Imagear12738-ha-bw by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Imagear12738-ha-colour by Mark Townley, on Flickr

Not sure the rest of the week holds much hope for solar, but until it does my travelling kits remains ready to go in the back of the car at a moments notice...

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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by MalVeauX » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:19 pm

Lovely captures Mark!

BTW, how's the transmission on the Lunt 50 + Quark? I'm curious because the PST Etalon + Quark is quite low!

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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by Astrophil » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:33 am

Mark, that is some traveling kit! Capable of a wide range of images too.
Nice set of images.

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Post by MapleRidge » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:02 am

Good to see you got a chance to image Mark, and these are nice sharp images. well done :bow

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Post by Carbon60 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:12 am

Very nice travelling kit, Mark. I hope you also managed to join the 80th celebrations and keep in the family good books :)

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Post by JohnW » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:19 am

Still nice pics Mark, well done. Cheers, John W.

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Post by marktownley » Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:43 am

Thanks everyone. I'm keeping in the family good books Stu don't worry, we're all here for the week and it's fairly relaxed as it's quite an extended group of us. I also took a shot with the sodium quark, I know at 60mm aperture detail is going to be minimal rather just showing overview positional stuff, but was fun to play for a morning in the sunshine. The Na quark needs some attention from me as seems to be quite blotchy and bandy so will be doing some further investigation when I get home. Anyway, here's the pickie...

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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by banjo » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:07 am

fantastic Mark :bow :bow :bow
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Post by robert » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:13 am

very nice indeed!
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Post by ffellah » Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:41 am

Remarkable images from your traveling kit, Mark. They are really good by any standard.

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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by Davidm » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:04 pm

Nicely done Mark! Great to be able to keep on imaging wherever you are.
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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by krakatoa1883 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:29 pm

Great images, Mark, your travelling kit is great.

When I had the same refractor I used to reduce it to 45 mm for CaH imaging, it worked fine.
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Post by marktownley » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:10 pm

Thanks guys. That's a good plan Raf, I will make a mask.
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Post by MAURITS » Sun Apr 14, 2019 8:05 pm

A lot of lovely captures Mark.
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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by Christopher » Sun Apr 14, 2019 11:42 pm

The portability challenge is quite fun isn’t it? It seems you’ve packed an enormous amount of capability into your setup Mark. Terrific results. Hope the clouds steer ‘round you.
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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by marktownley » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:28 am

Thanks everyone for your kind words, has been grey for a couple of days now, and looks like we have today and tomorrow as another cloud day, things should pick up after that and i'm looking forward to another try. Todays mission is to make a cardboard mask to stop down for CaK. I do have a white light filter for it too but have forgot to bring it.
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Lovely captures Mark!

BTW, how's the transmission on the Lunt 50 + Quark? I'm curious because the PST Etalon + Quark is quite low!

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I was running about 10ms if memory serves Marty, and that was with no gain. Fingers crossed sun is out again towards the end of the week so will double check for you then.

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Re: Some Sunshine with the Travelling Kit - 13th April

Post by Montana » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:15 am

Have a great holiday Mark, the travel kit looks like it is working great :hamster:
I purposely didn't take the PST on holiday even though the hubby suggested it. As a consequence we had cloudless blue skies for 6 out of the 7 days and a huge spot Sun too! that would never have happened if I took the PST ;) Good luck with the weather :)

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