GUEST SOLAR ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY
Last updated: 22 November 2011
Some ETX users have sent me examples of their astrophotography. If you have some examples you would like included here please send me a description of how you made the astrophotos and a copy of the images as GIF or JPEG files (due to internet email gateway issues, please send only one image file per message). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, if you have created your own web page with your examples please let me know and I'll include a link to your site.
Submitted by: Robert Amdahl (email@example.com) [22 Nov 11]
Here's an image that I got of the Sun last Saturday, 11/12/11. There was a huge prominence and a very large filament across the surface. I used a PST that was piggybacked on my ETX-125 with a Meade LPI as the imager. I was using a different computer though and I forgot to change the capture settings for the LPI so, unfortunately, these were captured as .jpg files which limited what I could do with them in Photoshop. However, I did take one image of the edge and layered it with another image of the surface and this is what I got. This was my first attempt at doing that with solar images and I thought it came out decent. I hope that you will find it worthy for your site.
Also, I really am happy with the LPI for solar imaging on the PST. It doesn't require a barlow to achieve focus and I think it produces a nice size image. I would suggest that if anyone still has a LPI they should be sure and hang on to it. Maybe Meade should resurface these imagers and update the drivers for the newer computer systems. They work really well with the PST and are a good, economical way to get into imaging and especially solar imaging.
As an aside, the handcontroller is working great - no more "PRESS PRESS" problems. Thanks again for your help with that!
Submitted by: Robert Amdahl (firstname.lastname@example.org) [24 Oct 11]
I am not sure if you will consider this appropriate for the Mighty ETX gallery but I thought that I'd send it along anyway.
It is my first image of the Sun with a PST that was taken on 10/22/11. The PST was piggybacked on a Meade ETX-125PE and the image was captured with a Meade LPI in black and white. I then took the black and white bmp file into Photoshop to add the color and sharpen the image. One good thing that I discovered is that it is possible to bring the image into focus with the LPI without the barlow. I had read that this is difficult to do with many other webcam-like imagers because of the limited back focus on the PST.
I hope that you will find this image acceptable for you site. Also, thank you again for the site; it is a lifesaver!
Submitted by: GPLeask@aol.com [27 Sep 11]
Here are some sunspots, and a long sun stream I took today. Taken at 1/320 ISO80 with a Panasonic Lumix TZ8 camera and a Meade ETX 125-AT scope. A 32mm eyepiece, any smaller and my camera doesn't take the photo as good. I'm thankful I bought a solar filter. Hope you like, George
Submitted by: GPLeask@aol.com [18 Sep 11]
I was messing around with shutter speeds, to get a better pic. The image I see through the scope is well better than this photo. Just when I was changing the speeds, a huge cloud came over, and I think it's here for the day. Anyway, here's the photo I took at 1/50 ISO 80
Submitted by: GPLeask@aol.com [21 Aug 11]
I was out the back looking at the sun today, and took this photo at 1/400 speed with a solar filter on my etx 125AT, with my Panasonic Lumix camera. Some clouds were passing, I like the effect. Hope you like, George
Submitted by: GPLeask@aol.com [22 Jun 11]
ETX-125AT. Took it with my Panasonic lumix camera.
Submitted by: GPLeask@aol.com [18 Jun 11]
Just got a solar filter for my Meade. Was out looking at the sun and thought this would make an ok photo. It was taken with a 32mm eyepiece on my ETX125 AT with a solar filter, and a Panasonic DMC TZ8 at 1/100 speed. All the best, George in sunny Shetland
Submitted by: Dieter Wolf (email@example.com) [8 Mar 11]
just viewed your Cassiopeia video and the Yellowstone pictures - great country side!
I did not want to setup the ETX-125 this Sunday for just a quick look at the sun, so I shot three freehand digital camera photographs (which I combined later to this picture) - it worked...
AR 11164/65/66; 2011-03-06, 11:50 CET; Fuji FinePix HS10 with ND4 solar filter; 720mm (35mm equiv.), ISO 100, f/11, 1/1000s
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