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  1. Sigh, added to the bucket list!
  2. nicoscy

    Sol today

    Geoff, I need to stop being lazy and try my hand at double stacking. Filter has been sitting in its case for a year because I more or less enjoy single stack and I am lazy. But, if I want to get more detail in my images, I need to break out the DS module asap!
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    Sol today

    Ah, I don't do closeups - only full disk images. Your scope supports high magnification imaging, mine is a paltry 60mm Lunt with the ASI178MM Still, for someone who is not willing to use anything larger than the SW SolarQuest, the 60mm and ASI178 give me some nice disks! Now, if only I stopped being lazy and try imaging with the DS module on... Something for this weekend maybe!
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    Sol today

    Post processing and use of an artificial flat in Photoshop which takes under a minute to create. Workflow is not mine, it is MalVeauX who shared this: - Copy base layer and do a Noise / Dust and Scratches: 30 Radius (or thereabouts) and merge layers, then; - Copy base layer and do a Noise / Median Filter 45 Radius (or thereabouts) and merge layers, then; - Copy base layer and do 3x Adjustments / Curves / Presets / Darker, then; - Set layer to Difference and adjust opacity to find a balanced image eliminating most gradients / limb darkening and merge layers I am still a solar noob, playing around with various processing techniques, but I do think I will direct my focus to inversions. I kind of like them more
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    Sol today

    Lol, should actually try to remember to orientate properly, as they are upside down
  6. Temps are reasonable enough to avoid cooking the imager - good to be back to solar imaging after summer break!
  7. Just added to the stable yesterday, as my new ultraportable EAA Rig. ASKAR FMA 180mm lens / mini refractor :)
  8. The MEF3 box includes the micropinion, a metal thingie to connect the micropinion to the central part of the focuser lets call it, some screws and a unique two pronged thingie. Here we go: 1. Use a standard screw driver and remove one of the focuser knobs. 2. Fit the micropinion assembly to the focuser shaft and tighten the screws (via a small hex key) to lock the focuser shaft to the micropinion assembly. 3. Use the two pronged thingie and remove the small circular button screw thingie on top of the focuser shaft. 4. Take the metal thingie to connect the micropinion to the central part of the focuser, and screw it both to the micropinion (has two tiny screws if I recall) and to the base just underneath the small circular button screw thingie. 5. Screw back the small circular button screw thingie and you are done! Alternatively, just see attached I can confirm that this works with any MEF focuser (fit two of these myself in the past). These images are actually the ones Jeremy linked to - just noticed it...
  9. I am all for saving money - and then spending it on other astronomical purchases! I'll lay this to rest and hopefully the heat will subside soon and I can get back into regular Ha imaging schedule! Thanks much!
  10. Hmmm, from what I gather, the pixel size of the 178 is a better match for the smaller focal length of the LS60, correct? And basically, since there is no issue with the FOV for full disks and I don’t have any issue with banding or whatever, I should shut up, go out (once the temps drop - we had 46.2 degrees Celsius 2 days ago) and do more imaging!
  11. Nicolàs, Thanks for the feedback! I don't see any artifacts in mine if I am not mistaken. The 178MM works great for me, but there is of course a part of me that wonders what possible improvement I could have. Ignoring my deficiencies in post processing, I am happy with the 178, but wonder about the 174... Attached are all single stack images with my 60mm. Same image, different processing. Gives an idea of what the camera does (let's ignore lack of skills in post processing). So, could I get more to work with, with the 174?
  12. Question to those who perhaps tried both for solar imaging: Any real perceived benefit to using the 174 over the 178 (excluding FOV) for solar imaging? Background: I am quite happy with my Lunt LS60 and ASI178MM, which gives me a full disk. I use a SW SolarQuest mount, so I can image at peace with no drift, and therefore the FOV does not come into question as I have sufficient clearance with the ASI178MM What would (if any) be the benefit of switching to the 174? Inquiring minds that want to be educated want to know!
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