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.
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..
For anyone who uses their cameras and or sensors in the field this is one of the best carry along accessories you can have in the field! Stop trying to blow off that dust your just moving it around and making matters worse. There is a simple and efficient way to "lift the dust off the sensor.. read on...
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.
This is my setup and how I achieved back focus on my Solar imaging and visual system.
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.
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.
I have been around the Astronomy community for some time with many telescope adventures under my belt. One of the scopes that I was looking to acquire is a nice 4 inch refactor, not just any refactor but a premium performer, capable of doing what I wanted to do visually and imaging wise, my choice was.....
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.
I am putting together a small portable imaging solution based on several key requirements; The mount must be light, quite, have tracking with a guide port. Enter the iOptron CEM25p. This year I am gearing up to use my Daystar Camera Quark, Stellarvue SV80 Access to do some Solar Imaging as well as touring the night sky. This project is going to be fun and rewarding. Please read on to see how the mount holds up and hear my comments while I use it out in the field.
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.
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!
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
My nighttime astronomy was going nowhere, with night after night of lost sleep and being too groggy the next day to be productive. I knew I still loved astronomy but I was not willing to stay up until 1 or 2 am to enjoy it. First is the light pollution in my area and the urban life of close neighbors - simply made Night Time Astronomy less than enjoyable. To address this, I invested in solar filters - like Daystars Calcium K, Badder Wedge, Daystar HA, Continuum, and finally bought a dedicated lunt dual stack hA telescope. With this setup, my sleepless nights were a thing of the past and light pollution will not interfere with my imaging.
Here are my favorites and worst places to do business with.
Favorite Online Stores: Agena AstroProducts & OPT Telescopes
The WORST Online Stores: High Point Scientific (HPS)
Wow.. After months of waiting the Baader Calcium K-Line finally arrived in perfect timing with rain. But, like a good Solar Worshiper I took some time this September to capture a few images with this fantastic filter. Fantastic meaning – for IMAGING only, no visuals using this one. Although the sun spot were minimal I had fun capturing the images using this filter. I did a comparison between the Baader Continuum and Calcium K-Line here at this link. Most of all, the Baader Calcium K-Line did a fantastic job capturing the solar sun spots. If you love solar imaging and love the sun this is a wonderful filter to use; but it is somewhat expensive and only available in 1.25 filter size.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Today was a remarkable day setting up the solar telescope in the beautiful daylight to safely view our sun in all its glory. You heard it again and again, don't look at the sun - but with the CORRECT equipment you can study our nearest star.