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  1. Evening all, I've wanted a solar scope for the longest time so I recently took the plunge and bought the Daystar Solar Scout SS60, It arrived maybe a week or so ago and its been cloudy nearly every day since (always the way with new astro gear!!!) Well the clouds parted for a while yesterday so I fired it up and took a few "snaps" I was using my Nikon D3300 with a 2X barlow. at first all I saw was a red ball.... not too interesting then I fiddled around with the settings and got this... (I have editied slightly by bumping up the contrast but that was it!) I still have alot to learn but its getting there I managed to capture some detail texture(?) in the surface and some prominence detail I then tried taking a video then stack and prosess in registax which didnt turn out so great I got the Proms, but the disk is very washed out, I struggled here because the camera recorded in MOV. file which I had to convert to an avi. before registax would even look at it. Not as good as the first one (I think it was more luck than anything else!!) plus I had my iso setting a bit high, the video had lots of noise and I didn't take a reference frame (might of helped?) Alot of faf for not much reward From the first few hours I've had with the scope I really enjoy using it, the only thing I struggled with was achiving focus as I only had the disk to focus on which was supprisingly tricky. I'm hoping for a bit more practice before the 11th Let me know what you think and if you have any tips or tricks I'm all ears Harry
  2. I acquired a second hand Coronado PST. The focus knob doesn't seem to have any effect on the image and, although it turns, it feels as if something inside the scope is "slipping". Is it worth opening up and taking a look to see the focus knob in action? Is there anywhere that services the PST without sending it outside the UK? Are there any nasty surprises if I open it up (springs, pressure points etc)?
  3. After months I have finally managed to achieve what I set out to do a long, long time ago in a.. well, this solar system actually because it's about my solar scope and the CG4. I purchased the CG4 (after a month of it being on back-order) with the intention of it being a stable platform for my Lunt LS60, the camera tripod and EQ1 being rather inadequate for the job (though EQ1 was a vast improvement over the camera tripod). I managed to purchase the wrong bar (ordered the losmandy by mistake), then found that I didn't have the appropriate bolts to attach the clamshell to the vixen. The final hurdle has been acquiring camera tripod bolts of the correct size and length, it took two attempts from an ebay seller (top quality bolts, mind you) to get ones that were exactly right for the Vixen dovetail bar and LS60 clamshell. I have to say that the CG4 performs brilliantly with the LS60, and they look great together in their white livery; it's like the two were made for one another. The blue Synta dovetail bar compliments the red part of the LS60, too. I look forward to trying the CG4 with a decent 80mm scope if I get one later in the year. Anyway, here are a couple of pics: That is the Hyperion 8 - 24 zoom, it works pretty well but the top end is sensitive to seeing conditions even during the day, I couldn't achieve focus today so stayed at the next stop down (12, I think). There is plenty of detail to be seen and appreciated at 12mm, focus is amazingly sharp. If I wanted to, I could probably slip in my 10mm X-Cel eyepiece, that is usually good for a close-up, though not quite as sharp as the Hyperion at 12. I do like it when twisting the pressure tuner knob to bring in the detail of the prominences, it's like they just appear out of the darkness, it has a good 'throttle' feel to it too. On the CG4 there is hardly any vibration, even when adjusting the pressure tuner knob (which requires a bit of effort). Touching the feather focus wheel doesn't even register. Very pleased with my set up, worth waiting for.
  4. I am considering getting a solar 'scope, can anyone give me their opinions/experience with the entry level solar telescopes?
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