THE SUN …
Our nearest star and quite an important one at that … without it there would be no life on Earth !!!
Along with our “visible light” solar filters for the 130mm Maksutov telescope, we are pleased to announce our specialist Hydrogen Alpha telescope has arrived ….
With an internal interference type Hydrogen Alpha filter just 0.9 Angstrom in bandwidth and Infra red & Ultra violet optical type rejection filters, the view is concentrated on the interesting bit …
The solar flares, leaping from the surface, that make this great ball of nuclear fusion so fascinating.
In it’s core, the sun fuses over 600 tons of Hydrogen every second !
Solar flares leaping from the Sun surface …
All of which is Hydrogen activity, and only visible in a narrow band of light frequencies
Without specialist filtering it would be invisible to our human eyes …
We are pleased to announce that all our video cables, from the Mallincam camera, right through to the TV monitors have been upgraded to Belden “flexi” coax. A true coaxial, 75 Ohm cable …
This ensures the best “care” is taken of the delicate video signal on it’s arduous journey from camera to monitor and eventually … our eyes.
All our video connections are now made with the famous “Canare” plugs too.
The only remotely 75 Ohm phono connector on the planet (Earth that is !)
We’ve also added a Digital video recorder, riding on the telescope’s GOTO motorised mount, to capture every single moment and every single view from every observing session.
Well and truly “caught on camera” !!
We are pleased to announce that our 8″ “Dobsonian” is now able to track the sky !
A seriously simple but clever “Equatorial Platform” enables a previously large, manual, floor mounted telescope to fully track the sky. Not only in terms of “position” in the sky, but tube rotation as well !!.
See this mad little demo video from the platform manufacturer …
We are currently working on a system to take photos “on the night” of the planets, stars and other views you see on the telescope tv monitor.
Creating these images is quite complex and involves taking several frames with a full size DSLR or snatching several frames from the live video feed. The frames are then aligned and stacked to create final, vibrant image. This process would take place “after the event” and finished images emailed to star party goers as jpeg files.
Print them yourself onto a decent photo quality glossy paper and, hey presto – a lasting memento.