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First Hα Solar Image with Lunt LS60T

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#1 AstroEthan

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 06:17 PM

I've been doing planetary imaging for over six years, but always looked at hydrogen-alpha solar imaging with interest. Finally jumped in on March 29th with a double-stacked doppler-tuned Lunt LS60T. The view impressed me visually and photographically despite being deep into solar minimum. Looking forward to a more active Sun in a few years!
 
Sky around the Sun was mostly cloudy with a few clear spots. I hoped to average out the scope's gradient, but was unable to get enough usable data to completely remove it. Fortunately, I found a method to mostly mitigate it in post-processing here on Cloudy Nights. I still have the original version of Astrobin if you want to see the difference.
 
Telescope: Lunt LS60T Ha
Camera: ZWO ASI174MM
Filter: Lunt B1200
 
 
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First Hα Solar Image
 
First Hα Solar Image with Enhanced Prominences

 

 


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#2 jwestervelt

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Posted 07 April 2020 - 06:36 PM

Welcome to the club.  :)

That's a pretty nice first image.


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 06:45 PM

Nice discs, glad the pseudo-flat method worked for you! waytogo.gif

 

Very best,


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 07:10 PM

Nice start for sure!


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 07:19 PM

Nice image Ethan and welcome to solar imaging!  It can be very addictive. crazyeyes.gif


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Posted 07 April 2020 - 11:02 PM

Nice images! 


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Posted 08 April 2020 - 09:41 AM

Nice image, that’s close to what I see in the eyepiece

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Posted 08 April 2020 - 06:24 PM

Nice images! Congratulations on your new solar scope.

Today I received my Lunt 60mm Ha PT B1200 SS by UPS. I sold my PST and shipped it this morning but before I packed it up, I took one more view and the PST didn’t disappoint. Saw a couple of poms.

I mounted the 60mm on my VX mount and was able to see several small poms. I looked through it again about an hour ago and after a few minutes I saw several poms again. I think the scope had to warm up because the poms weren’t visible right away. I can see that this is a keeper scope.

I bought this scope on CL used and it didn’t disappoint. I didn’t stop there. There was a double stack filter for the 60mm on CL so I bought that too. It will be delivered next Tuesday. I feel like I’m in the big league now!!!

Hopefully I’ll be able to take photos like yours.
Thanks for sharing…..Hank


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Posted 09 April 2020 - 08:14 AM

Nice images, congrats on the new scope I'm sure it will bring you many good images in the future so share as many as possible.  laugh.gif


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Posted 09 April 2020 - 09:29 AM

Great Start... looking for more of the same in future! waytogo.gif

 

Best,

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#11 AstroEthan

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Posted 11 April 2020 - 12:24 AM

Thanks for the feedback everyone! I've only gotten one more day under the Sun since this image thanks to poor weather. Currently looking into piggybacking the scope to my C8 and using the white light filter I have for it.



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Posted 11 April 2020 - 12:09 PM

Well done


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