Managed to get some imaging done today in-between frequent gaps in the clouds. The main purpose of the imaging today was to test the capturing rates on a recently purchashed refurbished Panasonic C2 Toughbook, with the idea of can you capture direct to an additional drive, or does it need to be straight onto the SSD drive – looks like it’s the SSD option with too many dropped frames otherwise.

Both images show a prominent filament (showing the anchor point nicely) and a couple of bright areas which may be sun spot developing. Plenty of granulation can be seen. I adjusted the pressure tuning on the Lunt to make the filament more prominent in the image. Details of the capture date are shown below the images.

Also looked at two different stacking options. The first image below was stacked using AviStack 2

Mount:Skywatcher SolarQuest
Telescope:Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT
Camera:ZWO ASI 178MM USB 3.0 Mono Camera
Capture rate:3096×2080 60fps @ 10bit ADC
Stacked:AviStack2
Frames: .ser file 180 from 1200 frames
Processed:Photoshop CC

The second image taken a few minutes later was processed with Autostakkert 3.

Mount:Skywatcher SolarQuest
Telescope:Lunt LS60THa/B1200CPT
Camera:ZWO ASI 178MM USB 3.0 Mono Camera
Capture rate:3096×2080 60fps @ 10bit ADC
Stacked:Autostakkert 3
Frames: .ser file 200 from 760 frames
Processed:Photoshop CC

Not too much difference between the images in reality, the ASI is no match for my Grasshopper 3 camera, but then again, there is a considerable difference in price between the two,

Thanks for looking

Steve

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