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Partial Solar Eclipse 10 June


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This is almost a week late but it's been a bit hectic on other fronts.

The morning was almost entirely cloudy but there were some patches of blue sky through which I managed to grab some data.  Trickiest thing for H-a was getting the Solarquest mount to find the sun w so many clouds - but once it locked on, it tracked it pretty well even through a lot of cloudy intervals.

The other thing I discovered that to stack the eclipse images in AS!3 it was best to use the "Planetary" option rather than "Surface" and have larger AP sizes.  Is that a stacking methodology thing?

One of the images is w the proms exposed, the other is without (so that the occultation by the moon is sharper black).  I think I'd prefer one with a sharper black disk but with the proms but that probably needs more patience w processing!

Cheers.

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Nice captures.
How do you get on with the mount locking on to the Sun? I have the same mount and I find if I switch on my laptop first the mount might as well look for Lord Lucan.
If my laptop is off before the mount searches for the Sun I have no issues. Weird.

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On 19/06/2021 at 22:42, Hughsie said:

Nice captures.
How do you get on with the mount locking on to the Sun? I have the same mount and I find if I switch on my laptop first the mount might as well look for Lord Lucan.
If my laptop is off before the mount searches for the Sun I have no issues. Weird.

Hi @Hughsiesorry for slow reply (only just saw this post: has been a bit manic on other fronts).  Luckily I've not had any problems w that.  I always switch on the mount and let it find the sun while I go off to bring the scope out.  Yes that is v weird b/c there's no connection between the SQ mount and the laptop - v strange.  (The only thing I can think of is if you're running them off the same external battery pack & its something to do with power usage while searching? <PS: I just use my laptop without it being wired into any power>)

Cheers

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