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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
By Richard Shaw
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)?
I am thinking of getting a Lunt 50mm scope. I want to image as well as observe. I am thinking I could put my ZWO on the scope and capture video. My question is, does focal length in a solar scope relate to the FoV as it does for a non-solar scope? The field of view calculator (http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fovcalc.php) suggests I could just about get a full disc with a focal length of 350mm (the 50mm Lunt), but not with a focal length of 500mm (the 60mm Lunt). Is my logic correct?
For sale is my Lunt LS60THa/B1200FTPT Ha scope. The scope is in MINT condition in the original flight case as it came from FLO. This is the Pressure Tuner version also with the B1200 blocking filter allowing for a larger field for observing AND imaging. It is also equipped with the magnificent Starlight Instruments Feathertouch focuser with 1.5" travel and 10:1 reduction which makes focussing for imaging cameras so sweet. The diagonal comes ready equipped with the T2 camera connection. Pick up here near Harrogate is possible or I do also have the original LUNT packaging so it can easily be picked up by the courier of your choice at your risk. I can provide box weight and dimensions should you wish to do so.
£1940 by bank transfer please. This price includes the ADM dovetail and Televue Sol Searcher I purchased as extras. If you don't want these items then deduct £40. Pictures below including some images taken using this scope and a ZWO ASI 174 Mono camera.