Fall has come

September 18, 2013  •  1 Comment

Although my last blog was back in August, I've actually played around with solar since, but have neglected to keep any notes of those observing sessions.  I've managed to put together a couple of reasonable solar animations, which are both in my gallery.

I've sold my QHY9M and have decided to go back to basics and work out some of my bugs before adding too much complexity to the setup.  As for tonight, I'm playing a bit more with the QHY5IIL-M to see what it'll do.  It does seem possible to do a bit of deep sky imaging with it, but will take some fiddling with the exposure and gain settings to get anything worthwhile.  It's certainly not a replacement for the DSLR or CCD.

One major upgrade I've made is to the observatory laptop.  I've installed Windows 7 and increased the hard drive to 500M, which seems to have eliminated my BSOD issues when streaming video from the QHY.

Now to get everything else sorted out!


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Robot(non-registered)
Assuming you havn't resolved your Newton's rings issue.
The ZWO ASI120MM uses the same sensor as your QHY5II-L and the T2 tilt adapter (available at TS or OPT) has been proven to resolve the issue of Newton's rings. I'm surprised Brian sent you down the filter path, I'll set him straight! Tilting is the answer.
More info at http://zwoug.org/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=1408 and http://scopetrader.com/jimlafferty/

Experienced imagers like Damian Peach and Jim Lafferty are pulling excellent images with this camera. Which is amazing considering its a CMOS sensor.

Cheers
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