OK, I have decided to dip my toes into the solar imaging ocean. Since I am fairly new to solar observing I may be rushing things however I'm going to give it a go. I have a Lunt LS60Ha PT and a ZWO ASI178MM. Although there has been no clear weather since the camera arrived I have been playing with Firecapture and Registax with the camera on a C90 imaging a telephone pole just to acquaint myself with the software. Anyone willing to suggest camera settings suitable for solar imaging? Gain, exposure and gamma settings? Any other suggestions are welcome, thank you.
I would suggest you do both visual and imaging. Play with both. Whatever you have the most fun with, stick with. It's easy to think we have lots of time to get into something, but the cycles are long and it's easy to miss some prime moments, or not know they're happening, without really studying what is going on with our star at any given time. Your Lunt 60 is a great way to start! And your IMX178 based camera is also a great match to it, so you're set for anything really. Visually you can take a look and see what's there, get an idea of what features can be resolved and noted with your system rapidly and enjoy seeing it for real with your own eyes as seeing allows, this is great with a full disc FOV just to see what's happening. You can image too, to go deeper into keeping the data, processing it, presenting it and sharing it around. Great for those cloudy days when you can't do visual. So again, I would advocate to do both, they both have wonderful merits and lasting benefits. I often image with automation and do visual at the same time! Whatever floats your boat. But you're set either way already, so that's great.
I really enjoy binoviewers with solar visually, and it's also quite fulfilling to watch real time things happen on an LCD with a camera and do EAA or imaging, it works for both!
FireCapture would be my suggestion. Full pixel array (no region of interest), exposure time at 10ms or less to freeze the seeing. Gain minimum, whatever it takes to keep your histogram filled to around 70% or so when imaging. Leave gamma off when imaging, you can set gamma to 100 to focus critically if needed, but it shoudn't be needed, set gamma to around 37 to find faint prominences when hunting. When imaging, however, turn gamma off. The data is there, gamma is software manipulation, if you saw it, it's there. Send it through Autostakkert!3 for alignment and stacking. You can do levels and first pass processing with IMPPG (google this, it's brilliant software by a member on this forum just for this purpose!). And go from there! Acquiring good data is the first step. Processing is next. And you can always screen shot or sketch what you see!
Edited by MalVeauX, 13 January 2020 - 10:01 PM.