Thursday, 8 February 2018

A New Setup For The 2018 Solar Season

It's a new year and while we may be on a downward trend in this solar cycle there is still plenty to see on out star.  Here in the UK seeing conditions are often the main governing factor to successful imaging and as a result it is often the case that smaller apertures are able to deliver.  I was very happy to be able to use a Williams Optics 60mm f6 ED scope whilst at the eclipse in august 2017 and was very impressed with it's performance against the Borg50 scope.  A variation of the 60mm recently came up in the Astrograph sale and taking the opportunity to save a bit of money on the regular book price I bought one.  With a focal length very similar to the Lunt50 Ha scope it is easy to get a full disk with the PGR Chameleon 3 camera, and my 2" Lunt wedge fits in very nicely in it's 2" focuser.  I'm also very keen to see how this scope performs at CaK wavelengths too.  Cosmetically it is a nice match for the Lunt 50 on the side by side mount, and apart from imaging should be a great combination for outreach.  With the sun getting ever higher in the sky as we slowly head from winter towards spring, all I need is for us to be able to have some clear skies to get some observing in.