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#1 ilan_shapira

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 01:29 AM

Hi all,

 

I got my Daystar Quark Chromo few months ago, but as my scope arrived late and COVID situation, I did not had the chance to use it properly.

 

The scope I got for it is the Explore Scientific 102AR, F/6.5 and while trying to do visual observations I could not focus properly.

I matched it with ZWO ASI178MM and with help from a friend I understood how sensitive the focus is at this focal ration/length.

Still did not had the chance to try and observe through it again, but at least imaging and EAA is working smile.gif

 

At the moment I am waiting for the clouds to go away so I can try to do some visual observation as well - Now that I understand the focus, I believe I will be able succeed in this.

 

As I mostly a visual observer (nightly), the entire imaging & editing is a field in which I have a lot to learn.

I am using PIPP, AS3, imppg and PhotoShop

 

I want to share my first images with the community.

Images were taken on the October 18, 22 & 26, I believe it's the same sunspot - Need to better keep track of all the data but was excited from the images themselves

 

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#2 dswtan

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Posted 31 October 2020 - 03:08 AM

Wow! Congrats on your first images! My 100th solar image isn't as good as yours. Nice work and thanks for sharing!


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 03:51 AM

Fantastic images! I felt like I was riding along on the Parker solar probe.


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 05:02 AM

Wow! Congrats on your first images! My 100th solar image isn't as good as yours. Nice work and thanks for sharing!

Thanks for your kind words! Hope to have more chances to imags soon


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 05:12 AM

Fantastic images! I felt like I was riding along on the Parker solar probe.

:) thank you. Getting so "close" to the star is amazing and so different from night time astronomy. A whole new dynamic fun.



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 06:14 AM

Wonderful images!



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 07:07 AM

Very well done.

I look forward to your future efforts, these are wonderful for a first attempt!


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 07:17 AM

very nice , well done , thanks .


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 10:10 AM

Those are spectacular images.  Congratulations. 


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 03:55 PM

Your images are fantastic, you have everything working in your favor for the first set of images.

We will be watching for more



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 04:14 PM

Your images are fantastic, you have everything working in your favor for the first set of images.

We will be watching for more

Thank you! That's very encouraging.

 

It went well once I managed to get focus - took me an embarrassing long time to get the hang of it. And help from a friend.

I still use a manual focus - a thing I must fix and soon. most of my time is spent on shaky manual focusing.



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Posted 31 October 2020 - 05:10 PM

If those are your first images, you had better quit now.  You won’t be able to improve on themgrin.gif

 

Just kidding, of course, please keep them coming.  To many clouds here in the NE US!


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Posted 31 October 2020 - 05:55 PM

Excellent work!
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Posted 31 October 2020 - 07:06 PM

Absolutely floored me ! These images show so much detail I almost felt I was there. Bravo!


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Posted 01 November 2020 - 12:45 AM

Amazing Start!


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Posted 01 November 2020 - 04:10 AM

 

I still use a manual focus - a thing I must fix and soon. most of my time is spent on shaky manual focusing.

A perfect start.
Your Quark works great.
Focus is very important and I waste a lot of time on it too, it always seems to be improving and I spend time turning the micrometric knob back and forth ....


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Posted 01 November 2020 - 12:54 PM

Fantastic resolution for 4" aperture.  Bravo!


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Posted 02 November 2020 - 09:57 AM

Beautiful , thank you 



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Posted 03 November 2020 - 04:02 PM

First time!!!  WOW!!!  Awesome job!!!  Congratulations on these beautiful photos!!!

 

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Posted 03 November 2020 - 04:23 PM

Great images!  I love imaging the sun, always something new, even when there is seemingly not much activity going on.  Most dynamic thing in the sky for sure!


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 01:31 PM

Excellent. I'm looking to pull the plug on a Quark. I have a EON 130 triplet. What else is in your imaging train?  What do you have on the front of the scope to increase focal ratio? How much extension tubing do you have attached?



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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:25 PM



Excellent. I'm looking to pull the plug on a Quark. I have a EON 130 triplet. What else is in your imaging train?  What do you have on the front of the scope to increase focal ratio? How much extension tubing do you have attached?

 

This is my system with the improvised sun shed for the computer and me :)

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It includes 2" UV/IR, 35mm focus extension tube, the Quark, the camera and the drawtube is about 72mm out.

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Currently I am not masking the scope for higher focal ratio. I found that setting the quark to its narrowest band provides with better contrast for surface features (as it should) and I can even see prominences. The other way around do emphasize the proms a bit better, but reduces the surface contrast.

 

I was reading much and Understand that I can get even more by increasing the focal ratio, but I am in my very beginning of my sun astronomy chapter. I do plan on trying it but as from posting these images, I had constant cloud cover over my head :(.

 

Funny about that EON 130mm scope. I plan on getting a 125 or 130 scope sometimes around sprint/summer, mostly for the sun. Looking at something around F/7 - F/8 but not yet decided which.


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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:39 PM

Thanks for the quick response. Yes, I have the EON 130 F7 Triplet just waiting to get some usage.



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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:45 PM

I have the ST80 also, but mine is several years old and the draw tube looks different from what you have. Although, I only have the cheap focuser on it and I'm thinking that is the difference.



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Posted 05 November 2020 - 02:54 PM

I have the ST80 also, but mine is several years old and the draw tube looks different from what you have. Although, I only have the cheap focuser on it and I'm thinking that is the difference.

The focus with the Quark is very very gentle. I was close to the point of frustration until a friend with a bit more patience and experience helped me. The dual speed helps a lot.

I plan to order a motor for it. It will prevent the shakes when manually touching it and has a fine movement.


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