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Offline CaymanPete

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Taking the plunge - H-alpha upgrade
« on: 13:11:06, 15 August, 2010 »
  I have been a member of UKAI for some time, but this is my first contribution.  After a brief trip to the UK from my home at 19deg 17mins North, 81deg 23mins West, I have taken the plunge!  I met Simon and Martin (both UKAI contributers) at the Solar Imaging seminar given by Ninian Boyle and Pete Lawrence last weekend in Winchester.  Thanks for the info guys (all of you), you gave me the necessary confidence to experiment with my existing equipment and abandon the horrendously expensive alternative (for now....).  Just took delivery of an ERF kit from AE/Pulsar Optical and will attempt to do a laymans review of the kit when I get home and fit it to my PST/WO ZS80 combination.  For now - the kit is very well engineered, with the ERF sitting in a nicely machined tilted mount.  Pulsar threw in a nifty solar shield cos I drove 5 hours to get to them.  Also included was a shortened OTA tube to fit the generic Z80 and an eyepiece adapter for the PST box front end.  To complete the order, I bought a neat little solar finder by AE.  I was Very impressed with James from Pulsar, who goes to huge lengths to make sure you are getting what you want and that you know something about what you are doing (with a big emphasis on Safety and care of the ERF).  This is my first Solar project, although I have modified 2 CCD camera's for active cooling and roboscoped my Vixen GP2 mount to date.  I will post pictures of equipment and results in due course.
  Thanks to all on the website for an informative and entertaining forum.
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Re: Taking the plunge - H-alpha upgrade
« Reply #1 on: 16:02:49, 15 August, 2010 »
Looking forward to some really good shots, Pete...

It's nice to hear complimentary things about Pulsar again... I dealt with then a number of times a few years ago, but that was when Gary Walker was at Wimblington.... He was a joy to deal with too.

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Re: Taking the plunge - H-alpha upgrade
« Reply #2 on: 18:00:01, 15 August, 2010 »
Hey Pete - it was great to meet you last weekend. Glad to hear you took the plunge and got the kit, you'll soon be putting Pete's image processing skills into good use !

I'm also guessing that once you're back in the Cayman you'll be posting significantly more than we here in cloudy blighty will be :yes:  :urock:

Really look forward to seeing your first lights.... safe journey  :yes:


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