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About ngwillym

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  1. I've seen that sort of appearance when my Quark is off-band.
  2. I'm beginning to take it personally now. Yesterday - clear from 07:00 - 10:30, sun comes over my tree line @ 10;30 - 10/10th cloud; sun 'sets' behind tress 15:30 and by 16:00 its clear again until, about 20;00 when it goes cloudy. Same thing so far today, but maybe there's hope for clear skies tonight
  3. Here's the 35nm H-alpha spec:- and the UV/IR one:- look under the specification tab - passband is 420 - 680 maybe a bit more detail in the attached doc 2459210A.pdf
  4. Also - with a filter in the way - I also use the Baader UV/IR - you'll probably need to retune your Quark. An alternative suggested by Rupert at Astrogrpah is to use the Baader 35nm H-Alpha filter - I've just got one of those, so I'll keep you posted on any improvement or otherwise over the UV/IR - that is of course, when I get some sunshine. Regards Neil
  5. One other thing to try is to lower the COM port speed
  6. I'm hoping our cloud here on the south coast will just move westward
  7. All sorts of good stuff there
  8. @extremechaos, yes, just a gentle chat/hint - unfortunately, a couple of them are conifers over 60ft high - will cost a bit to shift, but if we discuss again will offer to share cost. Others are mature oaks, some of which are covered by protection orders.
  9. As soon as the Sun clears the tree line - at this time of year that's about 10:30 and allows me to continue until about 15:00. In the depths of winter I can only manage about 90mins observing time. Unfortunately, all the offending trees belong to neighbours and there's little hope of getting them 'removed' Neil
  10. I bought these in person about 15 years ago from Scope City in San Francisco and they hardly ever got used - I got into planetary imaging with webcams at about the same time, so these just stayed in their boxes. (they must have changed the box colour in between my visits :-) ) They have been used less than a handful of times just to check on some new scope purchases, but I've now got a set of Opticstar 82's so these are no longer required. Supplied in excellent almost mint condition with endcaps, eyecup and original box. Parks Gold Series 7.5mm through 42mm versions are a 2-1-2 five element configuration sometimes known as a modified Type 2 Erfle. This is virtually the same as the original highly regarded Masuyama eyepiece design. See the review by Wing Eng on Cloudy Nights Eyepiece review section:- Parks Gold 25 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV 52deg, Eye Relief: 16mm Parks Gold 15 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 12mm - SOLD - thanks Tony Parks Gold 10 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 8mm - SOLD - thanks Mike Parks Gold 7.5 MM Eyepiece 5 elements, AFOV : 52deg, Eye Relief: 6mm £55 each which includes P&P 1st Class with tracking Payment via Paypal please Regards Neil
  11. looking good. cloud/clear sky ratio not in my favour today . Lets hope for better tomorrow - or even tonight - might try for some DSOs or Jupiter. Neil
  12. Some ha (falso colour & monchrome) and white light of the active regions. Now all I've got to do it find the best tuning setting for the quark and improve my processing - all advice welcome. Imaging details:- Solar images - H-Alpha taken with Daystar Quark, white light through Baader Solar Filter. Telescope - Opticstar 127mm Triplet Apo with 2" UV/IR cut ERF Camera - ZWO ASI1600MM-Cool Software - Sharpcap, Registax, Photoshop AR2651 AR2653 Thanks in advance Neil
  13. Robin has his own support forums now:- worth posting there too
  14. Forgot to mention the kit: Animations - Celestron SLT 102 with Quark chromoshpere and ASI1600MM cool with an ROI 2328 x1760 Stills - Opticstar Acsension 127 Apo, quark and ASI1600 , same ROI. Neil
  15. After a hiatus of over a year, I finally managed to dust off my Quark. Here are my first baby steps. I managed to catch a bit of the activity from AR2644, it was a lot quieter 30 mins later (animations), and some stills of AR2645, AR2648. Still got some white light stuff to process. And now of course I need to learn the dark arts of Solar processing. This is much harder than lunar/planetary work! and seems to take loads more disk space. A question for the experts - advice on animations, how long for each video (time or frames) and interval between them? thanks in advance Neil