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    Default 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource



    I was looking for a good resource for pictures of each days sun, I had been using the NASA solar observatory but the shots didn't match was I see in my scope, I found what I call the Gong network, actually called NSO/GONG H Alpha Network Monitor. It has 9 images (usually 6-7 usable) each day from around the world.

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    I copy a shot of each days image from one of the sites, usually Australia. Then later after my capture I can make sure I adjust the image to match the orientation that Gong is showing. Also like today I can see if there is anything worth looking at. Today there are 2 fairly nice sunspot groups that I will try to image up close at lunchtime, of course we are talking wind and poor seeing as usually.

    Here is an image I colorized from Learmonth Australia, courtesy of NSO/Gong

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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    I have heard of GONG before and I know John also uses it daily.
    There is also Space weatber, a very useful website.
    Sorry I do not have a link to it now as I am logged in on a cellphone.
    A google search will bring it up.
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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    I'm puzzled Jeff ( nothing new there ).
    Why do you check the orientation AFTER you have done shooting ? Why not turn the camera in the OTA BEFORE shooting the video ?
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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    Keith
    First the LS50 doesn't allow for turning the camera, you screw it on and it stops where it does. If you don't screw it on all the way, stop where it is lined up then it is fairly loose and will shift.
    With my Quark I had set tilters for each scope to eliminate NR's when I turn the camera in the diagonal the NR's change, get worse depending on orientation.

    I will try your suggestion of turning the camera, and can flip the image in sharpcap, but not today since I will have 15 minutes to set up the scope about 10 am and then will have just 20 minutes for imaging at noon. I will need more time than that to play with the tilter - ALTHOUGH I will see what happens with the NR's when I turn the camera and if they are not that bad I will try it.

    I have to admit to being lazy, I spent some hours getting my tilters adjusted right, they can be a pain especially the ones that need allen wrenches, but will try that.

    Getting a major snow storm tomorrow and Saturday so want to get some captures today.

    Finally correct me if I show ignorance, using a diagonal, whether a blocking filter or the one for my Quark, I will need to flip horizontally but not vertically, right?
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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    Sorry Jeff I had forgotten that we use different cameras. Mine has a nosepiece that slips into the diagonal, I put the Camera in upside down and flip the image.
    Ha , the dreaded Tilter. I'm waiting for the clouds to clear ( probably in the next few weeks ) to have a play with mine !.
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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    Keith
    I do have a nosepiece on the ASI174, guess I got so used to adjusting the image in PS afterwards that when I started using the Quark, didn't think of flipping it. When I get the blocking filter back from Lunt for my LS80 I will be using the nosepiece as well. It was just that screwing in for the LS50 I got used to doing more work.

    What I currently do is to put the camera in so that the cord comes off the back and then have adjusted to tilter for that attitude. Many times I still have to play with the tilter as I don't know whether it is the cold temps or focus or what but sometimes I have to rotate the camera to get rid of the rings, they change with the attitude of the camera. One of these Saturday's when I have plenty of time I will do more playing with them.
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    Default Re: 2 interesting sunspot groups - Gong Network resource

    NOW typical New England, now that the sun is up and warming the air, the wind is kicking up. currently 10 mph with gusts to 20 mph. So far in the last 5 months I haven't seen a day that is clear without winds, often up to 30 mph and higher
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