Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Using the idea from this site I made a remote focuser for my Coronado PST. Battery Free Electric Focuser
I mounted the servo to the PST with two strips of Velcro and made pulley from two servo wheels. Luckily after a lot of digging around I found an O-Ring that was just the right size. This will be a great help when I'm 'under the hood' while imaging. 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nice Prom caught May 24. This prom was gone within an hour or so. I was fighting poor seeing in the form of a 'boiling' sky. PST DS, DMK 21 - Gamma 149, Gain 433, Exp 1/370 The Gamma and Gain were high to bring out the Prom.

Friday, May 24, 2013

AR1745 & AR1748 from May 22. PST SS - DMK 21 - Gamma 49, Gain 273, Exp 1/313
AR 1748 on it's way out of sight.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Just a test. The first image is from my PST Barlowed and single stacked. The second image is after using the Gradient tool in PS Elements. The first image was a little fuzzy as the magnification might have been a bit much.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

May 18 - AR1742, AR1743 PST- Double Stacked, DMK 21- Gamma 60, Gain 413, EXP 1/91. Very cloudy and windy today.  This is the only salvageable image from today.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cloudy days leave time for image processing.  :-)

AR1746 & AR 1747 May 14. PST Double Stack Gamma 63, Gain 463, Exposure 1/91

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

There has been much recent news about sun spot AR1748. This sun spot is reported to be small but extremely active and it is about to line up on the Earth.
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The middle bottom of the image - AR1745 and top right of center - AR1748. AR1748 is reported to be smaller but obviously quite active. Corrected orientation would be CCW approximately 110°. Settings - Gamma 63, Gain 463, Exposure 1/91, Coronado PST Double Stacked. Second image corrected orientation.

Monday, May 13, 2013

About one month ago I purchased a Coronado PST and SME-40 (second stack).  I am hooked on solar viewing and now I am starting to learn about solar imaging.  For imaging I purchased a DMK 21 Mono camera.  Below is a sample of one of my first images.
 Sun May 10 - AR 1736 (lower left) AR 1738 & 39 (to the right)

And a close up of this area.