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.
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.....
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
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.
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.
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..
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...
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.
Get more In Focus
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.
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.
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.
Small, Quite and Light
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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