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Solar imaging basics for the DSO photographer?

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#1 Phatdoc

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Posted 03 August 2020 - 03:25 PM

I’m a DSO photography guy interested in trying solar. Having a hard time with sorting out how best to utilize my current equipment/software. Would love a quick how to...

 

Equipment: 

  Scope: WO Z103 (710mm)

  camera: asi1600mm cool. - also have a canon T6 astromod

  filterwheel with LRBG HA O S

  Baader white light film/filter

  Celestron avx mount

   Celestron 2x Barlow (which I have never used so if u recommend trying then curious about mounting and extension/focal point calculation)

 

software I typically use but recognize may need a different capture and stacking program:

   NINA 

  DSS

  photoshop/raw

Thank you!

  

 



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Posted 04 August 2020 - 04:31 AM

I'm a total newb, but I think most people will prolly use FireCapture for capturing video data and autostakkert for stacking the good frames from the video files.  Both are free programs.  I'm not sure if people are using registax wavelets for sharpening, like you do with planetary imaging.  

 

As I said, i'm a newb, so I'm probably wrong.  Gonna sub this thread to see what other experienced solar imagers say, so I can learn.



#3 Phatdoc

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Posted 04 August 2020 - 05:23 AM

Thanks. I’m hoping to get some tips too on what bin settings and frame rates to use. I’ll check out the capture program u mentioned while hoping for more replies!
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Posted 04 August 2020 - 06:05 AM

Take a look at these two tutorials from a well-respected member of this forum

 

https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be

 

https://www.youtube....eature=youtu.be


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Posted 05 August 2020 - 07:24 PM

Very helpful videos. Thank you!
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Posted 05 August 2020 - 09:57 PM

"this video is but available in your country", bummer! :-(

I do essentially that dpastern said. Try the below to see if it helps bring it since detail and try also some of your filters to see if they help on the contrast and/or seeing. High frame rate is often preferred, so try ROI too see if it helps.
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