Solar Imaging with planetary on the side
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:56 PM
Solar is my main focus because it changes more than Saturn and Jupiter do, but it's just one of those things where I'd like to do both if I could. This hobby doesn't always like to share equipment like I wish it would, but it's worth a shot, right?
My solar scope is a double stacked lunt 60mm B1200. My night time scope is a CPC1100 if that makes a difference.
Always appreciate your input.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 12:39 PM
Posted 29 January 2013 - 01:31 PM
I would think you would do well with that CPC1100 on the planets with this camera! There are additional images and videos of the sun on my Astrobin site.
Posted 29 January 2013 - 06:11 PM
I also saw today the dmk23g445 which looks to have similar specs to the DMK31AU03 but it connects via the Gigabit Ethernet port on the laptop. Not sure if anyone has used any GigE cameras yet.
If this post doesn't get any more play I might see if a moderator can punt it over to the Solar System Imaging forum. Solar was my main focus which is why I posted it here.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:41 PM
So Warren, if you moved your scope during the day, say you took it to a hilltop for the transit of Mercury in 2016, would you have to just try to get the front leg as north as possible then manually align it on the sun and hope for the best or how would you go about setting it up during the day without your special spot?
I would be certain it is level and use a compass to get it close to pointing North. Make sure the Altitude is close to where it should be for my location using the markings on the mount and then do a one star alignment, again telling the mount it is centered and then slew to the sun. Actually, now that I think about it, I could skip the fake alignment and just slew to the sun if I feel my setup was fairly closely aligned to North and just start tracking. It's not like I have to worry about tracking accurately for 10 minute exposures!