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Ben Cartwright SASS

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About Ben Cartwright SASS

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  1. AR2741 sunspots and proms Lunt ED102 f/7 and Quark Chromosphere The Lunt ED102 does a great job on the proms and spicules
  2. Running Win10, upgrade from 7. I also have Nebulosity on my old desktop (win10 upgrade from win7) and my win10 laptop. It works fine on the old desktop and the laptop but on my new desktop it runs fine in everything except Hue/Saturation. I get the H/S window to open and see the sliders but when I move a slider it crashes the program, this happens with every type of file fits, jpg, png, tif Steps Open picture file Click on Hue/Saturation Move any slider Crashes ******************** I have been trying to get in touch Craig Stark to see if we can get this fixed but no response. I have posted on Cloudy Nights and Astro Forum but no one there has any ideas. How can we make this work? My system is a Win 10 desktop 32 gig ram 8 gig of RTX video card 1 TB SSD C drive 2 8 TB D and E drives
  3. My goto setup currently is my Celestron XLT102 f/6.5 (660mm) with Quark Chromosphere and ZWO ASI174mm, but is the skies are steady I will swap the 102 with either my Skywatcher 100ED f/9 or Celestron XLT120 F/8.3, for full disk I use my Lunt LS50. I also will break out my Lunt LS80 I just added a Lunt ED102 doublet to replace the XLT102 as the XLT102 is a department store type scope and this should get better quality. I want to go as big as I can for the atmospheric conditions.
  4. Description Running Win10, upgrade from 7. I also have Nebulosity on my old desktop (win10 upgrade from win7) and my win10 laptop. It works fine on the old desktop and the laptop but on my new desktop it runs fine in everything except Hue/Saturation. I get the H/S window to open and see the sliders but when I move a slider it crashes the program, this happens with every type of file fits, jpg, png, tif Steps Open picture file Click on Hue/Saturation Move any slider Crashes Message I have been trying to get in touch with Stark to see if we can get this fixed but no response. I have posted on Cloudy Nights and Astro Forum but no one there has any ideas. How can we make this work? My system is a Win 10 desktop 32 gig ram 8 gig of RTX video card 1 TB SSD C drive 2 8 TB D and E drives
  5. WIth the 60 you should almost always find something on the limb. I have been using my Quark, have the LS80 in the den waiting for warmer weather but there is usually something
  6. Proms with my Lunt LS80 2.5x Televue Powermate and ZWO ASI174mm 10_05_38_g5_ap61 reg6 50-50 black white color-1.tif
  7. Sky Watcher ED100 F/9, Quark Chromo, ZWO ASI174mm
  8. Started clear then clouded over, to the north and south of me all clear but a freight train of clouds coming between me and the sun. The seeing was very poor, couldn't even see a sharp spike. I stacked 20 shots out of 2500. Celestron XLT 120, Quark Chromo, ZWO ASI174mm There were only 3 large filaments on a quiet sun so I decided to catch them. I will be working the other 30 captures I made today, will take days, all to try to get one good shot.
  9. It was a great vacation, a couple days of sun and then 3 days of rain so I could process all the captures without feeling I was wasting time inside
  10. I currently have a Quark Chromo and normally use my ST80 and my XLT AZ 102, both Achromatics for viewing and for imaging. I also have a Sky Watcher ED100 APO F/9 and have used it both for visual and imaging. I need to do testing on this, but it seemed to me that they were both very close as far a sharpness goes, but the seeing has been very poor around here. I have read several places that with solar it doesn't matter whether you shoot Achro or APO as it is a very narrow bandwidth that is passed through the filter. Even though I have poor seeing here I would like to have the best shot at getting sharp captures. What is the consensus on APO vs Achro for Solar?
  11. I was on vacation or as the Brits say "holiday" from Oct 17 to the 21st, had only a couple days of sun but made the most of it. Here are a couple shots from that. These were from my Quark Chromo through a Celestron XLT AZ 102 F/6.3 and a ZWO ASI174mm camera I call the shot with the multiple proms "volcanoes" on the sun.
  12. I have become a solarhead! First I 300 feet from a large shopping mall, need averted vision to see Polaris and the faintest stars I can see are about mag 2.4, but the big thing is that sun changes hour by hour at least in Ha. With DSO's and the moon what you see today Galileo saw, the sun however what was there yesterday is different today. To really enjoy the sun, you should get Ha, either Lunt or Coronado or Daystar. I have a Lunt 50 Double Stack and a Quark Chromosphere I started doing sketches and am now imaging.
  13. Chris I currently have a Lunt 50 and am getting the new feathertouch focuser on it. Was there a big difference between the 50 and the 60? With the new focuser to my mind that should eliminate one of the downsides to the 50. I have found how to use a ZWO ASI174 on it and really like the scope but have been thinking about a 60 or an 80, but is it worth the upgrade.
  14. I have been observing solar for about a year now, did it as a way to avoid light pollution, but the biggest thing is that sun constantly changes!!
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