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    So last week I got not one but TWO NEW TELESCOPES. My 6" RC finally came in. It looks great, but it's absolutely useless regardless of the 100% cloud cover. The extension ring did not ship so I cannot achieve focus either visually or with a camera.

    I also bought a PST. I got it for $350 used. At that price I couldn't afford not to buy it. However even in the day it's cloudy all the time too.

    This afternoon the sun has peaked out here and there. I managed to see a couple of solar flares which was pretty cool, it does seem a little more straining looking through the eyepiece during the day, or maybe it's because I never use eyepieces anymore.

    Anyway I managed to break my barlow trying to take the lens out so I could reach focus with my dslr I tried briefly with the dmk but another problem arose, I could not see the laptops screen with the glare of the sun. I'm going to have to make a shade out of a cardboard box, but it's still cold and wet and mostly cloudy so that will have to wait at least another day. I have another barlow somewhere if I can find that I will try again, or go pick up a cheap one tomorrow.

    This is taken with an old canon powershot held up to a 20mm eyepiece. Just freehand. I am hoping in a week or so I will be embarrassed I posted this.



    I wasn't expecting too much from the PST given it is as entry level as solar scopes come, but the views through the eyepiece show a lot more detail then this photo and hopefully in the next couple of days I will get some decent images.
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    not too bad for free hand
    you can make out a little flare activity.
    cant wait to see what can get when you get a Barlow adapted.
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    Am looking to get one of those scopes as well.
    I can make out that activity on the left side quite well.
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    Good Job~! around the edge you can barely make out spicules.. not too shabby!

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    Quote Originally Posted by corpusse View Post
    So last week I got not one but TWO NEW TELESCOPES. My 6" RC finally came in. It looks great, but it's absolutely useless regardless of the 100% cloud cover. The extension ring did not ship so I cannot achieve focus either visually or with a camera.

    I also bought a PST. I got it for $350 used. At that price I couldn't afford not to buy it. However even in the day it's cloudy all the time too.

    This afternoon the sun has peaked out here and there. I managed to see a couple of solar flares which was pretty cool, it does seem a little more straining looking through the eyepiece during the day, or maybe it's because I never use eyepieces anymore.

    Anyway I managed to break my barlow trying to take the lens out so I could reach focus with my dslr I tried briefly with the dmk but another problem arose, I could not see the laptops screen with the glare of the sun. I'm going to have to make a shade out of a cardboard box, but it's still cold and wet and mostly cloudy so that will have to wait at least another day. I have another barlow somewhere if I can find that I will try again, or go pick up a cheap one tomorrow.

    This is taken with an old canon powershot held up to a 20mm eyepiece. Just freehand. I am hoping in a week or so I will be embarrassed I posted this.



    I wasn't expecting too much from the PST given it is as entry level as solar scopes come, but the views through the eyepiece show a lot more detail then this photo and hopefully in the next couple of days I will get some decent images.
    Hey Corpusse,


    Cool job! Keep it up! Shooting the Sun is an art form all by itself. After 5 years, I'm still learning, and refining my technique. 95% of my Solar Shots are all done freehand, with a point & shoot, using the Afocal method, all this using my PST!

    Some (VERY FEW) shots, are taken with my DSLR. I had a hard time finding something to hook the DSLR to the PST, but, eventually sound something from Orion Telescopes.

    You can actually take great shots with the PST, just takes some patience & a bunch of practice time behind the EP. Honestly, I have found it easier to use the simple P&S (pocket) camera, instead of using my DSLR.

    These shots were taken with my little Nikon S-600 P&S, in B&W mode, 100 ISO... without Photoshop enhancing!








    I am certainly no expert, BUT, maybe some of these tips can help you??? They help me!


    1) Use B&W mode for better quality shots
    2) Experiment with ISO settings (usually 100 - 200 work best)
    3) Experiment with White Balance
    4) Try using RAW Format
    5) If using a DSLR camera, use a remote control switch!

    Now, since I'm a complete failure at using Registax, or Photoshop, OR Deep Sky Stacker, I don't even bother. All my shots are "basically" as seen through the EP, or LCD screen on the camera, with only minimal coloring done to photos. NONE of my shots are processed. I only use the most basic controls from either Picasa, or Windows Photo Viewer (contrast, brightness, tint, and sharpness) that's all.....

    I find that using the B&W setting gives me the best possible pictures, and best detail of surface granulation, prominences, and filaments.

    When I try to take a color image, it NEVER turns out good....

    Keep up the good work, and keep us posted with more shots!

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    Good shot. Keep at it. I'm really starting to get interested in solar observation but alas, I can't afford to spend the cash on even the cheapest PST. Someday...
    In the meantime, keep the photos coming.
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    Thanks for the tips laney50w. I am going to mostly be using my dmk21 for solar imaging, just wanted to try and get a full disc before I try for the closeups. I just need a shade for my netbook and a new barlow apparently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corpusse View Post
    Thanks for the tips laney50w. I am going to mostly be using my dmk21 for solar imaging, just wanted to try and get a full disc before I try for the closeups. I just need a shade for my netbook and a new barlow apparently.
    Ah, no problem! That's a pretty cool CCD camera, you have!

    How do you connect it to the PST? (sorry, I never used a CCD cam before)

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    GREAT FIRST TRY you can see lot of details there considering the focus and the technique...congratulations
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    Great first shot I would be very proud to start imaging the sun, glad you did and I look forward to your progress!
    nice tips from Chris thanks
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