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wky46
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Solar Filter ! new
      #5528937 - 11/19/12 10:06 PM

Just ordered the Baader solar filter film cell for my 10" SCT through Astrozap . Needed a new lens and EP heater strip so I went ahead and added the solar filter as well while I had Joe on the line (very pleasant in dealing with BTW). Might as well get full use out of my scope as I'm sure the kids will appreciate it as much as I will. I understand that it will allow sunspot and granulation observation which should be pretty neat. The sun has always intrigued me, especially as a kid looking through a cheap 60mm refractor and the solar EP that came with it. Still can't afford a hydrogen-alpha scope, but it's a start!

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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5528958 - 11/19/12 10:15 PM

I had read somewhere that sunspots is all you really get out of solar film. While still interesting, that had always been one of the reasons I didnt bother buying any, but if granulation becomes visible too, id prob give it a shot as well. Keep us posted how it works for ya!

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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: GpB311]
      #5529046 - 11/19/12 10:51 PM

As with planet/moon observing, I think solar film viewing relies heavily on seeing conditions as well. So while I'm realistic on my expectations, I do expect that on those rare steady days, I'm hoping granulation should be evident. If not, then sunspots and transits will have to do (are there even any transits predicted anytime soon?)

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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5529065 - 11/19/12 10:59 PM

Solar observing is a lot of fun. Even just sunspot observing. Of course, an alternative is spaceweather.com and follow the link toward the bottom of the page for SOHO.

Still, solar capabilites for your scope comes in handy for things like objects transiting the sun (like Venus just did...of course it won't again in our lifetime). I watched Mercury transit the sun a few years back as well.

Even more exciting is Hydrogen Alpha filters. But they do cost a good amount. I had a PST and it was awesome. I sold it to fund my 80mm apo. I do miss it a lot, and unfortunately it's gone up a bit in price. I should try to get another one someday...maybe a little better than the PST, though that was a cool scope.


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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5529085 - 11/19/12 11:12 PM

Quote:

are there even any transits predicted anytime soon?




You missed Venus for the rest of your lifetime. Mercury is in 2016, May 9th to be exact, but tiny tiny tiny.

The Venus transit was a beautiful thing, I'm glad I discovered a love for astronomy and had a solar filter before it came and went.

Jim


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jerwin
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: GOLGO13]
      #5529094 - 11/19/12 11:18 PM

I have a Lunt LS60 pressure tuned double stack. Bought it used and darn near part by part, but it's a beautiful scope, cost me about 2700 by the time I was done.

The stars don't change. Don't get me wrong, I look at M13 every night and still love it, but it's the same today as it was last month and it will be the same next month. The sun is different every day and pretty amazing to look at in H-Alpha.

Check out the solar forum, some amazing pictures there that are more realistic than the shots of DSO's. Still some photo editing involved, but much closer to the real thing.

Jim


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GOLGO13
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: jerwin]
      #5529105 - 11/19/12 11:23 PM

Not to mention light polluted skies don't exist during the day (well, sunlight skies). So solar observing is a great thing for those of us in the city.

Just wish the HA scopes were a little cheaper.


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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: jerwin]
      #5529147 - 11/19/12 11:48 PM

Quote:

I have a Lunt LS60 pressure tuned double stack. Bought it used and darn near part by part, but it's a beautiful scope, cost me about 2700 by the time I was done.

The stars don't change. Don't get me wrong, I look at M13 every night and still love it, but it's the same today as it was last month and it will be the same next month. The sun is different every day and pretty amazing to look at in H-Alpha.

Check out the solar forum, some amazing pictures there that are more realistic than the shots of DSO's. Still some photo editing involved, but much closer to the real thing.

Jim


Jim, I refuse to visit anymore the Solar or the Questar Forum here. I'm much too weak (and poor)

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GOLGO13
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5529165 - 11/19/12 11:57 PM

I am in contact with a craigslist seller for a questar local...I offered 600...but they said 800 is their lowest. Seems like that could be OK. But I don't think I want to spend that much right now. I'd have to sell quite a few things. Or turn around and sell it if it's worth more than 800.

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Re: Solar Filter ! [Re: wky46]
      #5529306 - 11/20/12 02:06 AM

Phil, I think you will enjoy that filter. There is actually lots to see with this filter. The umbra and penumbra of the sunspots themselves are full of significant detail. The bright areas called faculae are quite visible in areas where there are no sunspots as well, especially close to the limb. With excellent seeing it is possible to see granulation, (a green filter will help). You may also notice the limb darkening of the sun around the edges. The features that are visible change from day to day and week to week, you never know what will appear as the sun goes through its rotation. This Daily picture will give you an idea of what too expect on any particular day.

Eric


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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5529566 - 11/20/12 08:15 AM

I find it interesting. It changes right in front of yours eyes. I thought that if we look at all the wonders in the sky, why not look at our parent star. I hope you enjoy it. Clear skies...

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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: beatlejuice]
      #5529584 - 11/20/12 08:29 AM

Thanks for the link Eric! Well worth the purchase if I get views like that, that's what I'm hoping for anyway. And yes Dennis, how true. I sometimes will set my scope up before the sun goes down and often times wish I had a good solar filter. I'll give a full report after it arrives

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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5529942 - 11/20/12 11:47 AM Attachment (13 downloads)

Here is a composite I made of several shots I took through my Baader solar filter of the Venus Transit. The larger version in the center was processed to bring out some granulation detail. These were hand held shots at the viewfinder, Afocal with a Canon Powershot A620 "point and shoot" camera, using Shutter Speed priority. This may give you an idea of what you can expect to see.

Edited by randtek (11/20/12 11:48 AM)


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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: randtek]
      #5530780 - 11/20/12 06:35 PM

Those are awesome shots Randy. These are the kinda views I'm hoping for It's in transit now and was hoping it would be here in time for Thanksgiving when the family will be here. Kinda doubt it but who knows

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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5530786 - 11/20/12 06:40 PM

I find it helpful to use color filters while viewing through solar film. Some say it helps bring out faculae (green) or granulation (blue).

I also find the green much easier on the eyes for prolonged viewing.

Experiment.


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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5531726 - 11/21/12 08:57 AM

I will Doc, thanks!

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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5536127 - 11/23/12 07:28 PM

Yay, arrived today.... but got home too late to look through. Tomorrows looks promising though! Here's something to look forward to with a filter- 2017 total solar eclipse http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_ The longest duration of totality will be just 30 miles west of me

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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: wky46]
      #5536309 - 11/23/12 09:34 PM

Cool! That eclipse will go right over me too! When I was in high school in the early 80's, the peak was right on my high school. They let us out part of the day so we could see it. I'm glad to have the opportunity to see another one.

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Doc Willie
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: JLovell]
      #5536697 - 11/24/12 07:02 AM

I have found that working on the Astronomical League's Sunspotter certificate has increased my enjoyment of solar observing. It focusses my viewing, and learning about the classification and physics of sunspots has been rewarding.

Edited by Doc Willie (11/24/12 07:03 AM)


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wky46
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Re: Solar Filter ! new [Re: Doc Willie]
      #5536749 - 11/24/12 07:58 AM

That would certainly make it more interesting Doc. I may have to check into it a little deeper, thanks.

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