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Aug 23, 2017 15:09 |  #31

MalVeauX wrote in post #18435158 (external link)
You actually don't even need a tracker for this.,

The telescope I tried to use supposedly has tracking ability. I've had this thing for years, but never played with it enough to figure out how to make the tracking work. I didn't work with it enough before hand to figure it out, either. The day of I spent about 45 minutes trying to dial it in. Once it was close, but I thought I realized a mistake (oh - the time in the controller was incorrect). I'm amazed it was as close as it was. After fixing the time & confirming the date & location, I never got it close again. I ended up manually following the sun through the entire event, making adjustments every minute or 2. I'll definitely have to figure out the tracking piece before the next one in 2024. :)


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Aug 23, 2017 16:53 |  #32

Here's an example of how simple it can be and still get good results:

PST scope with a USB web cam
Laptop with the capturing software (nothing special, cheap $150 refurb laptop from ebay) (software is free by the way; sharpcap is it).
No tracker, just a wee tripod. I just let the sun drift in the field of view and capture at about 50~100 FPS to get 300~500 frames in a few seconds tops.
I'm using a cooler as a laptop table

This is setup like this because I was letting the kids look at the sun from the playground that we built on our property. When they were done and went in, I just plugged in the camera, turned on the laptop, refocused, imaged.

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4239/35203549225_f88e50d40a_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/VCPo​Hg] (external link)Play_Ground_PST (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

And here's the image:

IMAGE: https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4272/34816888180_0f8afb48c5_b.jpg
[IMAGE'S LINK: https://flic.kr/p/V3DD​Rw] (external link)SolarDisc_HA_Colored_0​609107 (external link) by Martin Wise (external link), on Flickr

Very best,

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