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Overcoming the bad weather blues

 
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Apr 14, 2018 23:03 |  #1

Haven't been able to do any solar imaging for a bit over a month, mainly due to cloudy skies and or lack of activity on the sun
I could have imaged last Saturday 7th April very clear sky and some good prominences.
Only problem was that it was 35C outside and the heat was unbearable to be in for more than a few minutes,
let alone the amount of time to set up the scope and computer and do imaging. That would have taken at least 30mins,
28 - 29 mins more than I was prepared to endure :-(

How does an astronomer overcome bad condition "blues" ...... buy some more gear of course :-) :-D

So here is my new scope .... A Skywatcher EVOSTAR120 Black Diamond refractor
120mm objective lens and a 1000mm focal length giving a f-stop of 8.3
f-stop (ratio) = FL / aperture = 1000 / 120 = 8.33333....

It's been around 45 years since I last owned a refractor scope (discounting finder scopes)
This scope will get used for visual observing and imaging of solar, planetary, lunar and deep space
The camera in the photos below is the ZWO ASI 1600MM

Visual observing setup ... eyepiece and diagonal....


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visible light imaging.....


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Apr 14, 2018 23:04 |  #2

Solar Ha imaging through a Daystar Chromospheric filter.....


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close-up of the filter and imaging setup......


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Apr 15, 2018 15:41 |  #3

Look forward to seeing some DSOs’ from you Davenn . I know that’s a fine popular scope . Very nice setup ! Congrats !




  
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Apr 23, 2018 23:42 as a reply to  @ Celestron's post |  #4

I disagree ... whenever I buy new gear, that guarantees at least a week of cloudy skies. Best way to ensure clear skies is to either sell all your gear OR be away interstate. Hahaha.

Nice looking scope! Enjoy the clouds!


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Apr 24, 2018 03:12 |  #5

legoman_iac wrote in post #18612407 (external link)
I disagree ... whenever I buy new gear, that guarantees at least a week of cloudy skies. Best way to ensure clear skies is to either sell all your gear OR be away interstate. Hahaha.

Nice looking scope! Enjoy the clouds!

hahahaha

yes, there seems to be a correlation with new gear and cloudy weather that many people have noticed

but I am aiming to destroy that. have had some nice views of the moon so far with a reasonably pic

Haven't tried it yet for solar observing/imaging


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Apr 26, 2018 06:10 as a reply to  @ Davenn's post |  #6

Oh, so you are to blame for the cloudy weather at my house half way across the earth? :)

Congrats on the new gear!


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