I understand that most of the prime viewing is done in the morning, cool & calm air, but still 2hrs. to 4hrs in direct sunlight I just can't do.
Guess for some reason it was something I didn't think about before diving head first into Solar Observing, but once my Lunt showed up I was pretty well committed to this part of the hobby, I'm looking forward to seeing something actually happening on a target vs. the same old Nebula, same old planet, same old Moon,,,,,,,,,,so I went all out cause if you do something half way and cheap then that's what you get.
Anyway that's how I got here, and to the topic, I can't sit in direct sunlight very long, so I had to come up with a solution other than coating myself in Sun Block or wearing long sleeves long pant's shoes & socks, and a broad brimmed hat in 80°F temperatures, I have to do that for Outreach but then I'm not pinned to the scope but get to stand aside in shade to monitor the visitors to my scope.
I've got this old Dodge that I restored for weekend camping, without having to find parking for a class A coach.
One thing I did want to do was devise some sort of awning for when I'm out, this idea came to my head while sorting out my emergency gear for the predicted Big earthquake in our area, for that event you'll need food, water, shelter and basic first aid.
I had an old Mil issue poncho but it was in less than good condition, on the drive to the surplus store to replace it, I started to think about using one for an awning for the Dodge, then it struck me that it could also be used as I have it set up on my Dodge as an awning and a sun block with the scope poking out the head hole, so now to get it in the proper position to work like that I'd need a second one to hang down,,,,,,
My Sun finder is near the front of the scope, I'm using an RA driven Sky Pro mount, I can stand in front of the shade and zero in on the sun reaching under the slack side of the poncho to the slow motion knobs for adjustment before getting started, then get under the shade and use my Hershel wedge white light filter on low mag to center the sun in my fov, then swap out to the Quark for the rest of my viewing time, and from what I understand using a Quark is also a test of patience, warm up and cool down waits after an adjustment.
So here's my solution, and set up there is no extra weight on the scope or mount with all the room they provide as the head hole, plus I can droop the hood over the scope to keep it protected from dust when not in use.
Still have one addition to make, a lower section to completely shield my feet, had sun burned feet once, never again.
And I know I posted this on another thread but in a way I was hijacking the topic so I started my own thread.
Edited by SloMoe, 01 October 2020 - 09:30 AM.