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  1. While not defending or arguing my opinion or others here, it has major validity. ( i do admit i fell for the televue republic of china rumor) Meade was not just a Telescope. They had many military / communications industry contracts. They have supplied fiber optic relay elements for the last 20 years. Optics are optics. Not telescopes. Everybody gets used for business equally, one company is not relied on unless an "exclusive contract" is written up. In the most generic sense; Telescopes and eyepieces are just a by product of the optical industry, as are eyeglasses.
  2. with virtual dub you can pre-process 100% of the frames of the video before dumping it into registax / imppg / pipp / autostakkert and extract literally 10,000% more detail. (not an overestimation) You can add false color to your raw data as well. Change gamma, change exposure. Stretch histogram. Basically 100% of everything you are already doing in photoshop / image editors. Can do cropping too. Video resizing/ upscaling. Add labels, overlays, tags, earth scales. Can overlay multiple videos on top of each other with transparency as well, along the lines of aligning calcium
  3. One of the best programs i have ever used for Image processing, of all things is "Virtual Dub" I use it on all of my data now, as the very first processing method. It does processing to the entire video, not just the single stacked frame. the only thing it does not do right now is align and stack, but it will in a future update. But it will make your videos clear enough so that most of your registax registration errors stop. Check it out! It will never crash on your windows machine. I can show you how to use it with two or three diagram im
  4. Personally, i think Orion should have allocated a large portion of their profit to purchase optics manufacturing equipment and not relied on another industrial nation to build their product. This is happening right now with every nation in the world, Most modernized countries get goods imported from china because that is where the heavy industrial technology is prominent. Realistically how many companies in the UK have a lens grinder that can make a 102mm objective? How many can make ten simultaneously? Now how many can make 1000 equal optics in 30 days? Well. China is the only cou
  5. yes those magentron sputtering machines are super expensive and ion beam sputtering is literally the most cutting edge technology on earth. Obviously not something that average joe 50 years ago could use or even afford. But now adays all those filters come from a machine where the "doctor" type in a formula on a control panel, which add's said formula to its memory, then the doctor literally press start like a microwave oven in your kitchen. After all it uses the same parts from a microwave, just custom engineered for its purpose... In all seriousness, once a company discovered its first
  6. pick up a basler camera, they are python right of the box and include the SDK. I love image processing and would love to see what you add to the field. I recently discovered a different way to process solar images, so i know that there are tons of tricks waiting to be unlocked. Especially at the camera data output before it hits the SSD. The reality of the situation, is that technology is here already that can instantly process the video signal on the fly , and the neural network thing paired with an nvidia gpu for parallel processing. Well this can delete t
  7. the fine detail is certainly real and yes you captured it It looks like you may need to adjust the -200mm on your pst collimator a little bit however. That 150mm objective should be roaring out some smoking hot raw data with that 174 sensor. You can pop the collimator section off the front of the etalon cell (the two larger spanner notches on the outside perimiter, not the smaller one around the optic), and this is a standard telescope 48mm filter threads. Just use a standard tube extension to get deeper in the tube without cutting it.
  8. The conspiracy is not limited to meade. This is testament to the entire optical industry, china got fingered and caught merely because they are the focus of world political relations right now. Every market in the entire world is rigged with the curse of "suggested manufactures retail price", there is no question about it. *coughBaader planetariumcough*. *coughnikkon* *coughcannon* 13 cents worth of silver on a mirror = an 8000% markup. Pressing a start button on an automated cnc type machine = 10,000% markup. Oh man does the OPTic
  9. You have a nice collection of images, looks like your quark operates well. I am currently limited by a very low quality camera, however it what it lacks in picture quality it makes up for in high speed. It captures 750 frames per second at 640x480. Thats typically all that matters with planetary/solar imaging. However, the age old rule still applies; Junk input = junk output... The mirror is not too heavy, maybe 12 kilos. When I get done building the truss, the complete telescope will weigh about 18kilos total including the focuser. I deve
  10. Having a 1.6 meters aperture solar telescope would be great; wouldnt it? But as an amateur it really does seem like there is not much of a gain in going above 180mm! Here is an example where an amazing bit of similar detail was captured while using just 160mm of aperture. Compared to the 1.6 meter big bear observatory; Now this does not happen too often, and one interesting point to note is they have optics which cost in excess of 100 million US dollars; Mine did not exceed $3000.00 I started off with just 35mm of aperture; 10 years ago... Thanks for looking!
  11. Sometimes making your own "compromised parts" is a great solution! https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Weld-Tube-Ends-Bungs/dp/B07C86Q52K If you can figure out the correct identification of the "base part" you require, i am sure theres an alternative local solution readily available . Thats half the battle when it comes to building stuff! The linked part above is called a tube clevis, who would ever know to type clevis in google without thinking it was some kind of prank? I certainly did not know thats what it was called , all engineers did get a good laugh im sure...
  12. Connecting the corona to the photoshphere and chromosphere. http://www.bbso.njit.edu/ November 15th News. Nov 15, 2019: Formation of solar spicules and subsequent coronal heating unveiled Link to big bear observatory nov 15th movie capture http://www.bbso.njit.edu/scinews/LayeredMovie.mp4 < A side note here, linking back to my own thread linking the photosphere to the chromorosphere and also apparently the zone of ionization where calcium atoms become singly ionized.. Dutch open telescope Calcium line 397nm
  13. Okay so i focused on the "random noise", and what do you know. Its not random noise after all ; its like a little tiny river network of lightning streaks. Sit and stare!
  14. Very good eyes you have! This sure is that very same image on the lunt site (My lunt gallery upload does not expose the convection cell data however ) <-Without <BR> With-> The interesting thing to note here, is the amount of new data that is "hidden" within the entire capture of raw data. I changed nothing but processing technique. The image on the left is a standard technique , everyone is familiar with using single layer frame stacking. The image on the right has a secondary layer; the new layer is processed using a narrower pixel sample which happe
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