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The Best Solar Telescope

Making your choice

The Best Solar Telescope is the one you enjoy and use often.  How do you determine the Best Solar Telescope for you?  This article will help make your decision.

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Stellarvue SVR102T Review

Stellar Results

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.....

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Sensor Cleaning Kit Review

The best on the market

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...

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My Grab and Go for Solar Imaging

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. 

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Stellarvue SV80 Access Review

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. 

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DayStar Camera Quark Review

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.

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Why Solar Imaging

Why

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.

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No June Images Yet

Sorry

I will tell the truth!  In this area of the world I have had only a couple opportunities to pull out my Solar imagining system to get busy with more solar images in early June.  To update you here is a timeline from my last postings.  I broke a cable on my Losmandy G11 mount. I made a order for two new ones and the fine folks at Anacortes Telescope got them to me in a few days.  However, the weather being what it was and is has mostly kept me doing other things – like writing articles, doing reviews, and some photography.  I missed two days due to my laziness, but I hope to get out for some June imagining.
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Baader Solar Herschel Wedge

Update

I had to do a lot of searching and ordering various adapters but finally got what I think will work with my Celestron Skyris camers to obtain back focus using the Badder Solar Wedge with my Telescopes.  Many of you may remember, the Badder as wonderful as it is can not achieve back focus with my two telescopes (127mm and 80mm APOs).  But, help is now here using a badder adapter which allows me to remove the nosepiece to mount the camera direct to the wedge.  I can’t wait to try it out and post the images here on this Solar page.  I love sweating for you; so I am waiting for the hottest days of the year to do the next set of images Smile .
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On Line Stores

Best & Worst

Here are my favorites and worst places to do business with.

Favorite Online Stores:  Agena AstroProducts & OPT Telescopes

  • very responsive
  • Excellent return policy
  • Knowledgeable staff
  • Reasonable shipping rates and they get the product on the truck fast
  • Shows the actual inventory status – So, your not guessing

The WORST Online Stores:  High Point Scientific (HPS)

  • The worst inventory management around – take your chances if you order, because it may be in stock or 6 months before you see it.
  • HPS replies to your questions but fail to fully answer all of them; requiring you to send another inquiry
  • Their shipping is SLOW
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Baader Calcium K-Line

Finally Arrived

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. Sad smile

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Astronomy The Problems

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.

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Losmandy G11 Upgrade Project

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.

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