I have done some white light solar imaging so far. Have the Quark Chromosphere on the way for Ha sun. Did a trial on the moon.
So what is left? Last night I decided to try my first long exposure imaging with the Esprit 120. Putting the scope’s optics to the test, using my old (unmodded) Canon 400D camera, without light polution filter. The Scope came with the necessary adapters, but no flattener.
Guiding with QHY5L-II camera in PHD2. Taking 6 x 120s exposures at ISO800 in APT. Stacking done in DSS, with some quick processing in Photoshop.
Without any light polution filter and the old unmodded Canon 400D (without live view), I am quite pleased with this early result.
Today seeing conditions were a bit better, around average.
First is a capture of the Sunspot Group AR 2077, 2079, 2080, 2082 and 2085:
Then I did two Close ups. First Sunspot AR 2082:
And then Sunspots AR2080 and 2085:
I am especially satisfied with the close up of AR 2082, which managed to reveal some better detail due to a fleeting moment of better seeing.
First light with my new setup. SkyWatcher Esprit 120ED Pro and Baader Herschel Wedge.
Seeing conditions were bad to moderate.
First is Sunspot AR2077, when seeing conditions were pretty bad:
Then seeing conditions improved a little. Sunspot AR2079:
So I am pleased with the first results. Cannot wait for better seeing conditions and see what this setup can do at maximum performance.