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laprof
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Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new
      #6616425 - 07/04/14 01:08 PM

If I am in the wrong forum, I hope the moderator will reroute this post. I am considering a foray into amateur spectroscopy using my Celestron SC8 and/or my Meade AR6 refractor. I will be using my Canon 60DA for this. Since I haven't done this before, I don't want to dump a small fortune into startup stuff getting my feet wet. So...I'm looking primarily for equipment and software recommendations/advice (and anything else you might feel would be of help). I took a look online at the Paton Hawksley Star Analyser 100 (SA100) with the Rspec software. Anyone have any experience with it? All info greatly appreciated.

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old_frankland
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new [Re: laprof]
      #6619026 - 07/06/14 02:03 AM

Indeed, precisely the place to start. The Star Analyzer 100 is not only an entry level system, but a very powerful tool for monitoring variable stars for outbursts and acquiring spectra of brighter novae and supernovae. Simply put, you won't outgrow it even if you go on to a higher resolution spectrograph. Also an outstanding tool for astronomy outreach.

I've spent quite a bit of time working with the SA100 using RSpec

http://www.lafterhall.com/spectroscopy.html

Definitely worth the price of admission!


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Ed Wiley
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new [Re: old_frankland]
      #6619629 - 07/06/14 01:16 PM

I agree with Jim!

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laprof
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy [Re: Ed Wiley]
      #6619717 - 07/06/14 02:04 PM

Jim and Ed.........Thanks much. I've read much about the SA100 with related software and I'm going with it. I'll be back posting on this forum after I get underway.

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Hubert
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new [Re: laprof]
      #6634778 - 07/15/14 01:00 PM

Hello, I'm also thinking about starting spectroscopy with the Staranalyzer 200. I have a C8 f6.3 and a Atik314L. I just don't know how to start with it. Is here someone how can point me in the right direction? I'm used to do photometry of variables but want to do more.

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old_frankland
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new [Re: Hubert]
      #6636459 - 07/16/14 11:46 AM

Quote:

Hello, I'm also thinking about starting spectroscopy with the Staranalyzer 200. I have a C8 f6.3 and a Atik314L. I just don't know how to start with it. Is here someone how can point me in the right direction? I'm used to do photometry of variables but want to do more.




If you haven't already, these pages are worth a look see.

http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/staranalyser3/userguide.htm
http://www.astrosurf.com/buil/staranalyser/obs.htm
http://www.threehillsobservatory.co.uk/astro/spectroscopy_11.htm

I've been using the SA100 for awhile now. It's pretty straight forward getting started with it either on a DSLR camera or with a telescope as you describe with CCD camera. If you're proficient with the CCD camera, you'll get results first time out. Go for it.


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Hubert
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Re: Starting out in stellar spectroscopy new [Re: old_frankland]
      #6636593 - 07/16/14 12:53 PM

Thanks!

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