All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

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Opel star
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Opel star » 18 Jul 2013, 20:12

A couple of pints in the sunshine every month can't be a bad thing :lol: I'm sure we can make the DSLR fit.I will bring a selection of adapters.If we can get some images like at the Dalgety Bay Gala we will get some stunning pics of the solar flares.
Does anybody have a pair of solar glasses we can borrow? They were amazing at the gala to look at the sun!

justanotherpete
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby justanotherpete » 18 Jul 2013, 21:45

I tried getting my DSLR to focus with the PST tonight, problem seems to be that I cant get the camera close enough in to bring it to focus. It may be that we have to remove that "spacer" between the main body and eyepiece holder, however some research on the net shows that the "spacer" also holds the main IR blocking filter at the bottom, so now I'm not so sure about removing the spacer. Will talk Brian (Solar (B) and see what his views on this are. Anway one suggested way of getting an image that focuses seems to be using a barlow / unscrewing the lens off the bottom of the barlow and screwing it into the camera nose piece. Could you bring that 1.8x barlow? :)
Pete
PS: I think I have a pair if I find them I'll bring them.

Opel star
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Opel star » 18 Jul 2013, 22:45

Are you going to bring the scope you had at the gala? That should focus ok.I will bring the barlows and extension tubes to try in the Coronado.

justanotherpete
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby justanotherpete » 18 Jul 2013, 23:58

Yes, will bring both.

Alderney99
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Postby Alderney99 » 19 Jul 2013, 09:08

Just got the general email from Paul.

So Charleston from 12:30 on Saturday is GO then? (NOT Braefoot)

If the Elgin Hotel people are "happy" with us, that could be another very useful "observing site" to add to
our collection - and especially local :D

Opel star
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Opel star » 19 Jul 2013, 10:17

Its all Go for the Elgin Hotel.Its a lovelly hotel with great gardens perfect for our scopes and It has pretty dark skies in the winter also :D Did I mention the lovelly restaurant and and the pub :wink:

justanotherpete
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby justanotherpete » 20 Jul 2013, 18:47

A great afternoon at the Elgin Hotel with Chris and Iain, a really nice location which we're more than welcome to go back to, so maybe a repeat next month weather permitting and thanks to Chris for arranging it at short notice :)
Some pic's from the afternoon, apologies for not great quality...

Chris and Iain on the scope line:
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Chris trying to get a picture out of the PST (We should maybe try a webcam next time):
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Single shot of Sun, white light, thro 72mm @ F6:
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The best of my hand held shots into the PST eyepiece, at least you get a hint of prominences:
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Hopefully Chris's results are better...
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Alderney99
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Alderney99 » 20 Jul 2013, 19:32

Thanks Pete & Chris for a roastin' hot, sunny, pleasant afternoon in a definately-recommended
garden location at the Elgin Hotel, courtesey of the Wemyss family. :D

Even a couple of my solar pics appear to have come out, much to my astonishment :!: :roll:
And on arrival home until tea-time there were even a pair of prominent sun-dogs visible along
with a very large section of solar arc.

Daytime summer astronomy definately worth a shot!

Thanks Gents!
- and pencilling-in something similar for further summer weekends should surely encourage
other club members to give it a go too!

Iain

Opel star
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Opel star » 20 Jul 2013, 20:55

What a great way to spend an afternoon :D You don't usually get sunburnt in our hobby :lol: but worth it! Thanks to everybody who came, especially Pete and Ian. A couple of pints and good food with pure blue skies meant plenty of photo opportunities(although it was a bit embarrassing when Andy managed to get probably the best photo of a flare with his iphone lol).The kids had a ball at the rabbits pen and play park also.Pete your picture of the sun spots is amazing :!: Im a big bit jealous!
A Very Big thank you to the Elgin Hotel for letting us set up at the hotel .We WILL be back! Thanks again to Pete for bringing His three solar scopes along,it is always the best of equipment he brings along :D
Sunny skies Chris :wink:
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Alderney99
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Re: All this sunshine - a solar day soon (please!)?

Postby Alderney99 » 20 Jul 2013, 23:13

Really caught the prominences!

My own crude first-ever solar pic, using the wobbly-camera-held-in-front-of-scope-eyepiece technique...

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