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Solar images 2/4/16


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Recently there has been very few sunspots present on the sun lately. This can be an indication that Solar minimum is coming – ┬áthe period of least solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the sun. But as the skies were very clear in the day, I decided to take my equipment out and do some solar imaging and observation. Continue reading Solar images 2/4/16

Solar imaging – 16/2/16 (+ something unexpected)


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As I have been very busy trying to make the most of all the opportunities to do imaging, I have not had the time to process these until now. It can be predicted that the clear skies will not last in England, and hence it is good to have things to process on those days when it is not possible to do imaging. Here are the solar images I managed to capture last week, including a surprise. Continue reading Solar imaging – 16/2/16 (+ something unexpected)

Solar H-alpha imaging – ZWO ASI178MM-cooled (update)


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Since the last attempt at solar H-alpha imaging with the Daystar Quark and ZWO ASI178MM-cooled, I have been looking for the opportunity again to image the sun. I had previously encountered Newton rings, suggesting that the camera was not aligned properly with the Daystar Quark. So there were a few things I wanted to try. Sunday 7/2/16 gave me the perfect opportunity, as the skies cleared long enough for me to do some imaging. And the sun had many features to image as well. Continue reading Solar H-alpha imaging – ZWO ASI178MM-cooled (update)

Solar imaging – ASI178MM-cooled + Daystar Quark


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Recently I had clear skies with which to test out the ASI178MM-cooled imager with my Daystar Quark to do some H-alpha imaging. As this is my first mono camera, I had alot to learn from this first run. It was great that there was a nice Sunspot AR2489 for me to focus on and take images of. Continue reading Solar imaging – ASI178MM-cooled + Daystar Quark

Daystar Quark – humidity issue


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When I first received the Daystar Quark, the filters looked clear on the outside and hence I did not consider that there could be an issue with it. However, when I first did imaging through this with my Olympus E-PL5, it became clear that towards one edge of the image there was some vignetting and blurring. At first, I thought this was due to the Quark not being able to light up the entire Micro 4/3rds sensor, perhaps due to the way I was mounting it on – but I could not understand why this was only one edge (left side), unless there was such significant tilt in my focuser? Continue reading Daystar Quark – humidity issue

Daystar Quark mod


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Now previously I mentioned that the one thing I was not happy with construction wise with the Daystar Quark was the eyepiece holder. Hence I decided to do a mod of this with some parts I already own, and an adapter which I bought from First Light Optics. Continue reading Daystar Quark mod

Solar images from 31/10/15


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Since the purchase of the Daystar Quark, I have been looking for an opportunity to do more solar imaging. The opportunity came in the early afternoon of Saturday 31/10/15 as the skies cleared and the sun was fairly high in the sky. So out came my equipment while the Daystar Quark was warming up to get it on band (I’ve already worked out that for me this was 2 clicks turn clockwise). Continue reading Solar images from 31/10/15

Daystar Quark Chromosphere


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As I have been taking pictures of the sun for a long while using the Baader Herschel Prism with its Solar Continuum filter, I have been wanting to try my hand at H-alpha solar imaging. Recently my friend helped me to get the Daystar Quark Chromosphere, but not really had much opportunity to test it owing to work and the weather. But finally there was a day off when the sun was out with very minimal clouds. Hence I took this out for a spin. Continue reading Daystar Quark Chromosphere