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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?



    The reasons I don't do much solar are simple.

    I don't have the specialized equipment / filters.

    It's too damn hot!
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    This is certainly an interesting thread. I've appreciated the comments, and even two PMs, from the DSO imagers here. As Ben (Jeff) mentioned, he was just being "snarky" with his DSO imaging comment in the original post.

    I want to see AF continue to flourish. After consideration, I'm going to re-join Astro Imaging Forum, specifically the Astrophotography sub-forum with my solar images. I just checked and there are currently 107 members/guests viewing the Astro Imaging Forum and 3 viewing the Sun Forum.

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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    I love the heat!!! I spent two years in Pensacola in the Navy loved it, also when we used to take the kids camping at Disney World we would go tent camping in Orlando at WDW in August!!! You could see the humidity in the air

    Rather have hot that freezing cold, you fingers or mittens don't stick to the tripod in the heat
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    For me, I like a good photograph, regardless of the subject. When I lived in Belgium, I made a couple solar filters for my C8 and 120ST to take advantage of some clear skies during the day and to show my wife I was trying to use all the kit I was quickly acquiring, it was cloudy much of the time at night. Now that I am in NJ, with my 45 minute commute morning and evening, the sun is either low on the horizon or gone by the time I get home, so not much of a chance to do solar observing currently. On the flip side, the sky is really dark where I live and the Milky Way is easily visible at night when it is clear, so there is that.

    Clear skies (day & night)!
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    WOW you can see the Milky Way! I haven't seen it from home in 20+ years! At the Observatory in RI after midnight you can get a hint of it on a really dark night straight overhead.
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    When I was in Belgium, the MW was just a rumor & I could very rarely see Polaris naked eye. The new place is in a Bortle 4 area, despite being relatively close to NYC.
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeWest View Post
    For me, I like a good photograph, regardless of the subject. When I lived in Belgium, I made a couple solar filters for my C8 and 120ST to take advantage of some clear skies during the day and to show my wife I was trying to use all the kit I was quickly acquiring, it was cloudy much of the time at night. Now that I am in NJ, with my 45 minute commute morning and evening, the sun is either low on the horizon or gone by the time I get home, so not much of a chance to do solar observing currently. On the flip side, the sky is really dark where I live and the Milky Way is easily visible at night when it is clear, so there is that.

    Clear skies (day & night)!
    Hi MikeWest,

    I was reading a post in the solar forum and caught one by you that mentioned you are in a Bortle 4 area, despite being close to NYC. Syklands, Sussex in NJ. Is that correct?

    I live in NY and am looking for sites within an hour's drive (give or take) to take my gear and enjoy the views.

    Can you make any recommendations?

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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    Hmm, I just happened to be on the Celestron website looking at accessories and they have a very inexpensive solar filter.
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    Quote Originally Posted by GCoyote View Post
    Hmm, I just happened to be on the Celestron website looking at accessories and they have a very inexpensive solar filter.
    I am sure it is a white-light filter for sunspots, right now we are at a solar minimum and it can be weeks between spots. HA is the only place there is any real activity at this time
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    Default Re: Why aren't Solar Astronomers and Imagers appreaciated more?

    The majority of people think any type of AP is as simple as putting a camera on a telescope and snapping a few pictures and they will have Hubble like pic's. No matter what type of AP you do, we know it's not quite that simple. Once pointed down the right path most AP beginners have a hard time dealing with the cost of equipment for AP. Some do get a simple white light solar filter and are disappointed by the results. If they do have further interest in the sun, then they look at the cost of a Solar Scope or Ha Solar filter like a Daystar they get sticker shock and that keeps them away.

    Look at the posts of people trying to get into AP. What type of scope did most of them buy? Usually a DOB or SCT. Why, because they think they need lots of aperture for AP.
    Our club does some solar outreach from time to time. What scopes get the lines? The large scopes with a white light filter that is stopped down to 3 or 4". While my tiny 50mm Lunt Ha, hardly attracts anyone. Yet after someone does look through my Lunt, they get all excited and it's hard to pry them away.
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