19 August 2017
Today I prepared and did a dry run using my DSLR and White-light filter setup. Although the results are not spectacular, this set up will be perfect for the Solar Eclipse.
16 July 2017
Calcium H Line
Daystar has been busy working on new improved products to release to the public who have an interest in Solar imaging and visual observing. About a year following the release of Daystar's HA Quark is the Calcium H-Line Quark, which shares a few design attributes of their other quarks. Lets find out how it performs and is it worth the money..
10 July 2017
If you are in the market for a Daystar Quark and having difficulty in choosing between a Camera Quark or regular Eyepiece Quark, this article is for you.
6 July 2017
Get more In Focus
This is my setup and how I achieved back focus on my Solar imaging and visual system.
1 July 2017
July Herschel Wedge
The morning started rough and it got worse from there, I managed a couple white light continuum images before suffering heat stroke. Here is what I captured.
28 June 2017
Getting some Sun for Summer
Summer makes me happy with the extended daylight, warmth and opportunity to explore the universe with my Telescopes. This year I put together an awesome setup that is near perfect to suit my 3 goals and objectives.
16 June 2017
Super ED APO
Stellarvue SV80 Access Telescope. This new Stellarvue SV80 Access mm telescope will be a nice addition to my solar setup as well as my night time Astronomy for low to medium power viewing. If you read my earlier post you know I do Solar viewing in HA and white light. hydrogen Alpha has very specific requirements that provide spectacular solar views, while the White light is more forgiving but still offers hours of enjoyment. Earlier this year I sold off my older Meade 80mm to upgrade to a finer, higher quality instrument.
8 June 2017
Solar HA Solution?
I have been into Solar viewing and imaging for a few years. I find it more enjoyable than the night time Astronomy because the sun is ever changing and day to day has new features appearing. In general, Solar viewing and imaging is a better fit for my lifestyle. In this article I will cover down on the DayStar Camera Quark, I have the Prominence version. So let us take a look under the hood.
16 April 2017
White Light Solar
Today I would like to introduce you to the Lunt White Light Solar Wedge. I have been a solar observer off and on for a number of years, one of the first accessories I purchased for my refractor was a solar film attachment. This allowed me to use my telescope to safely view the sun. I was hooked!
12 April 2017
Hutech Solar Autoguider
Keeps your Solar Telescope on track without need for your input. Great product for solar guiding with no fuss and no need for a computer + other wonderful options. Thanks Hutech!! Get yours from OPT
2 April 2017
Solar Views with DSII
Have you ever wanted to take pictures of the sun? or just do some visuals observations when the opportunity allows. This is my experience with the LS80THa solar telescope.
19 October 2016
Interface and Setup
I would like to share my setup I use for my Gemini 2 for interfacing the awesome SkySafari application with the Gemini 2 for wireless control of my Losmandy G11.
12 September 2016
Review and Comparisions
After 4 months of waiting on the back-order of the Calcium K-Line Filter to ship it finally made it into my hands this past August. This filter is currently only offered in the 1.25 size. For me this for some challenges when using it with my camera and telescope set up. In the coming months, I plan on doing some additional imaging with the Calcium K, hopefully with more sun activity.
18 May 2016
War of the Wedges
I now have the opportunity to do a head to head comparison of two fantastic Solar Wedges, the Lunt White Light Solar Wedge and the Badder Herschel Wedge. Both are professional grade instruments but with a different design philosophy - Is one is photographically better?
20 March 2016
What We Face
We enjoy our time with the Telescope, for some it is a private time, for others we like to share our time spent behind the instruments that bring us pleasure. Nothing is more rewarding.
21 September 2015
Extending the G11
I acquired my Losmandy G-11 Mount and Gemini Go To system over 7 years ago. During the years, I have been very satisfied with the overall performance of this fine mount. When I made the purchase technology was just beginning to accommodate computer control and offer interfaces and now later with technology ever changing I wanted to consider a path forward that will facilitate continued use and enjoyment for the next several years; either another mount or upgrade my current G11. This Losmandy G11 with Gemini has been a reliable solution, now comes the time for decisions.
20 September 2015
Lunt Badder & Calcium K
This morning started out kind of iffy, meaning the cloud coverage was thin and wispy but the weather called for mostly sunny skys. So, I ask myself, do I feel lucky? well do I?
22 June 2015
Almost a month to the day since my last Solar Imaging run, and I can tell you today was HOT and humid, 90 degrees with 85% humidity.
20 June 2015
Whether you are buying your first solar wedge or white filter or adding accessories to your setup, everyone wants the same thing - great quality, functionality, versatile, ease of use and a great price. Here today we look at two different solar wedges with a different approach for basically doing the same job - getting great solar images.
23 May 2015
Early start this morning, waking to a big blue sky with minimal clouds. Weather was pleasant and not too humid or hot. Nice May weather.