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Post by solarnoob » Thu May 21, 2020 3:08 am

Greetings solarchat :D , thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with beginners like me.
I currently own a Lunt 50mm Ha B400, I've moved to the Lunt 100mm (non-modular); I should be will receiving it in a few days. My main interest is visual; however, I hope to be doing some imaging soon. My questions are:
- What type of camera works best for the 100 mm? I noticed that ASI178 and ASI174 especially are very popular among solar imagers
- Is there a book about solar astronomy (English or French) that you would recommend?
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Post by DeepSolar64 » Thu May 21, 2020 7:15 am

Frank,
I am fairly new to Ha solar observing myself. At this time I am visual only too though I have played around with imaging with my DSLR and iPhone. Welcome to the CBSAP SolarChat forum.

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Post by Montana » Thu May 21, 2020 7:26 am

A very warm and sunny welcome Frank :hamster: :hamster:

If you speak French then this book is the one for you :)
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Post by JochenM » Thu May 21, 2020 10:04 am

Welcome Frank.

Regarding the camera. It depends a bit on what you want to do exactly. For full disk imaging, both will do the trick really (maybe the 178 a bit better). If you're interested in doing more high res work with a barlow, then the 174 will be a much better option.



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Post by solarnoob » Thu May 21, 2020 6:22 pm

:bow Thank you for the warm welcome, James, Alexandra, and JochenM! I'll give the ASI174 a shot.
Alexandra, thanks for the book recommendation, just what I needed.

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Post by marktownley » Thu May 21, 2020 7:47 pm

Welcome to the forum FRank


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Post by dhkaiser » Thu May 21, 2020 8:11 pm

Welcome, come join the fun.


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Post by yltansg » Thu May 21, 2020 10:49 pm

Welcome to this forum, Frank.

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Post by EGRAY-OBSERVATORY » Thu May 21, 2020 11:28 pm

Another welcome from me Frank.

As a newbie myself to the Solarchat, I've also found a great interest here and some good advise too.

There must be books relating to Solar Astronomy, but of course there's much more information on the internet and of course - here too.

I'll leave the camera/100mm to those with that knowledge.

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Post by Starry Jack » Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 am

Frank,
The problem is that you'll need to change your name soon because soon you won't be "solarNOOBE" any more but "solarEXPERT"!
I enjoy my ASI174 because I use a Quark so by nature we begin to get longer focal lengths right off the start. Good price too when they come on sale.


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Post by Starry Jack » Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 am

Frank,
The problem is that you'll need to change your name soon because soon you won't be "solarNOOBE" any more but "solarEXPERT"!
I enjoy my ASI174 because I use a Quark so by nature we begin to get longer focal lengths right off the start. Good price too when they come on sale.


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Post by solarnoob » Fri May 22, 2020 2:45 am

Starry Jack wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 1:50 am
Frank,
The problem is that you'll need to change your name soon because soon you won't be "solarNOOBE" any more but "solarEXPERT"!
I enjoy my ASI174 because I use a Quark so by nature we begin to get longer focal lengths right off the start. Good price too when they come on sale.
:D :D Good one! (it'll be years down the road)
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Post by solarnoob » Fri May 22, 2020 2:48 am

Thank you all, such a friendly place.

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Post by Carbon60 » Fri May 22, 2020 10:21 am

A belated welcome from me, Frank.
You'll be up and running in no time. Lots of help here to assist you on your way to becoming an expert. :)

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Post by solarnoob » Fri May 22, 2020 6:23 pm

Thanks for the welcome, Stu! I am looking forward to it.

I was surprised this morning to see a big box at my front door :D
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Post by DeepSolar64 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:34 pm

I strongly considered a Lunt 100 but ended up getting a Coronado SolarMax II 90 DS. It's actually a 102mm in single stacked mode going to 90mm when the front etalon is attached. I found the Coronado on a closeout sale for 2000 off it's original price. I couldn't pass that up. The vendor sold out of them less than a week after I bought mine.


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Post by DeepSolar64 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:42 pm

You have two fine instruments. I have both a Coronado SM60 and SM90. Like you I have two Ha scopes.


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Post by solarnoob » Fri May 22, 2020 6:44 pm

Thanks Pedro. James, good for you, I would have jumped on that deal too! Thanks again.


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Post by Highbury Mark » Fri May 22, 2020 7:42 pm

Welcome Frank - look forward to hearing about the LS100 - looks amazing


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Post by GreatAttractor » Fri May 22, 2020 8:32 pm

Welcome to the forum. Be warned, you'll probably stay here for years to come!


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Re: Hello Solarchat

Post by oreoluna » Fri May 22, 2020 8:52 pm

Hello Frank.
Also a sunny welcome from me in the SolarChat forum.
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