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LDW47
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I have been looking at solar viewing for a while now, I finally bought a Coronado PST last week ! So now are there any helpful tips, pointers if you will, that I should know about this section of this great hobby ? I also just ordered 2 books, Solar Astronomy Handbook and Solar Observers Handbook ( A Guide to Beguinners ) which is from the Royal Astronomical Society here in Canada. Any info and advice would be appreciated ! Clear advisable skize !
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I have been looking to buy one of those also
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I bought mine from B&H for $549 + free ship to Canada ! Clear great skize ! Star Dad Saturn Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 393 Joined: Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:05 pm Location: Norwich CT Contact: ### Re: Coronado PST I would suggest buying a zoom lens. It is relatively inexpensive. I got a Celestron 9mm-23mm (I think) it makes it a bit easier to use the scope. I don't have any low power 1.25 inch lenses (I use 2" 40,30,and 9mm in my main scope). I really enjoy the zoom on the PST. "To be good is not enough when you dream of being great" Orion 203mm/f4.9/1000mm, converted TASCO 114mm/f9/1000mm to steam punk, Meade 114mm/f9/1000, Coronado PST, Orion EQ-G, Ioptron Mini-Tower and iEQ30, Canon 70D, ASI120MM,ASI294MC Ylem Milky Way Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 1665 Joined: Sun May 12, 2019 2:54 am Location: Charlotte, NC, USA ### Re: Coronado PST Can you really see much with it? Clear Skies, -Jeff Orion 127 Mak, ST80 Celestron Celestar 8SE, C90 Mak A big box of Plossls Greenman Pluto Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 414 Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:39 pm Location: Nether Heyford, UK ### Re: Coronado PST I always view in white light, being able to see the Corona would be cool. I got the impression the PST was a bit limited. I would be keen to see some images Cheers, Tony. First Scope: Celestron 130EQ MD AP Scope: Celestron NexStar 6SE, Celestron AVX Mount, Antares 0.63 reducer, Antares 2" Dielectic diagonal, Sky portal 2 WiFi, ZWO ASI224MC, Canon EOS 100 (Unmoded). Grab & go: Celestron 102 AZ, X-cel eyepieces & Barlow Latitude: 52.219853 Longitude: -1.034471 Accuracy: 5 m Bortle 4 site. https://maps.google.com/?q=52.21985,-1.03447 LDW47 Moon Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 98 Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:57 pm Location: north bay,ontario,canada ### Re: Coronado PST Star Dad wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:41 pm I would suggest buying a zoom lens. It is relatively inexpensive. I got a Celestron 9mm-23mm (I think) it makes it a bit easier to use the scope. I don't have any low power 1.25 inch lenses (I use 2" 40,30,and 9mm in my main scope). I really enjoy the zoom on the PST. I have the older Meade zoom, plus all kinds of eps ! LDW47 Moon Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 98 Joined: Sat Aug 17, 2019 5:57 pm Location: north bay,ontario,canada ### Re: Coronado PST Greenman wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:53 pm I always view in white light, being able to see the Corona would be cool. I got the impression the PST was a bit limited. I would be keen to see some images Maybe some one else can fill you in on a comparison between the PST and white lite ! Greenman Pluto Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 414 Joined: Fri Sep 27, 2019 7:39 pm Location: Nether Heyford, UK ### Re: Coronado PST LDW47 wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:39 pm Greenman wrote: Fri Jun 12, 2020 5:53 pm I always view in white light, being able to see the Corona would be cool. I got the impression the PST was a bit limited. I would be keen to see some images Maybe some one else can fill you in on a comparison between the PST and white lite ! No, sorry I was not clear enough, it was a comparison from the PST and it's larger brother the 0.5a one. There's a big difference in price, I would not be able to qualify £1600, over the PST at around £600. All I would like to see is some images from the hands of another amateur. I'm wary of promo images. Cheers, Tony. First Scope: Celestron 130EQ MD AP Scope: Celestron NexStar 6SE, Celestron AVX Mount, Antares 0.63 reducer, Antares 2" Dielectic diagonal, Sky portal 2 WiFi, ZWO ASI224MC, Canon EOS 100 (Unmoded). Grab & go: Celestron 102 AZ, X-cel eyepieces & Barlow Latitude: 52.219853 Longitude: -1.034471 Accuracy: 5 m Bortle 4 site. https://maps.google.com/?q=52.21985,-1.03447 Tillibobs Saturn Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 348 Joined: Sat Apr 27, 2019 6:16 pm ### Re: Coronado PST There are many images in the old forum. look for the earliest dates. Solsearcher Earth Ambassador Articles: 0 Posts: 43 Joined: Mon May 20, 2019 12:24 am Location: Ontario Canada ### Re: Coronado PST Congratulations on your new purchase , and that was a great price especially if it was Can$ The PST is an excellent entry level Ha solar scope and the view will be very similar to the ad images . Imaging is possible but it is better suited for viewing . Although an entry level scope there are reputable and safe modifications that can be done to a PST to enhance it's performance and make it more imaging friendly . I must add here to never attempt ANY type of change or mod to your scope unless you are 100% sure that what you are doing is proven to be safe . For now just enjoy the view , the show is about to begin !
Solar scopes (Coronado Ha) 60mm double stack , 90mm double stack , 150mm single stack .
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Solsearcher wrote:
Sat Jun 13, 2020 12:38 am
Congratulations on your new purchase , and that was a great price especially if it was Can \$ The PST is an excellent entry level Ha solar scope and the view will be very similar to the ad images . Imaging is possible but it is better suited for viewing . Although an entry level scope there are reputable and safe modifications that can be done to a PST to enhance it's performance and make it more imaging friendly . I must add here to never attempt ANY type of change or mod to your scope unless you are 100% sure that what you are doing is proven to be safe . For now just enjoy the view , the show is about to begin !
I got the scope on Tues.and its been cloudy ever since, lol ! Tomorrow is the day, I think !
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Congratulations on the purchase of the PST.
I enjoyed using mine quite a bit.

The most used eyepieces for me were a Vixen LV 10mm and Vixen zoom as well as a 2x barlow occasionally.
Some very nice Ha views and I had it mounted on my C6-R using a 50mm finder bracket so I could view Ha and white light with the Herschel wedge.

You will find the views more red than orange though.
Proper Telescopes: Antares 105 f/15, Bresser 102 f/13.2, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNGDX 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen ED115s f/7.7
Mounts: Berlebach Planet w/ pier, Celestron AS-GT, Celestron CG-5 w/ Argo Navis & tracking motor, SLT w/ pier & tripod mods, Manfrotto 028b w/ SV M2C, Mantrotto 055Pro w/ 128RC, TAL MT1C, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 & half pier
Diagonal: 2" A-P Maxbright, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (P), 2" Zeiss/ Baader Amici Prism (DX2), 2" Orion Amici Prism, 2" Stellarvue DX, 2" TeleVue EverBrite
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I was able to catch the Mercury transit last spring on the PST. I've seen Ellerman bombs, flares, and sunspots. It does a pretty good job for such a small aperture refractor. It is my most expensive scope (not counting any of the mounts).

Oh, yeah - and very much RED! Like a meatball. It is somewhat tricky to get your eyeball in the proper position to see the sun. I've had many people struggle with it and some - kids especially - give up.
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Orion 203mm/f4.9/1000mm, converted TASCO 114mm/f9/1000mm to steam punk, Meade 114mm/f9/1000, Coronado PST, Orion EQ-G, Ioptron Mini-Tower and iEQ30, Canon 70D, ASI120MM,ASI294MC
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I tried my PST this pm for the first go and it performed great and by luck or ..... there were a steady flow of prominences at about the 10 o'clock position mainly. I am not a finder scope guy, I don’t use them but I am impressed with the way the PST’s works and how easy it is to use, it doesn’t take much trying. My Russell Optics 15mm Konig worked excellent as well as the 18mm Coronado that came with it.
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The next big ? is, should I be looking / considering in the future a white light filter to compliment the ha ? If so wood 80-100mm be a suitable size and what is considered a good brand ?
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Most W/L filters mount to the front of your scope and the mounting will be aperture specific . My preference is a Herschel wedge , they can be used in pretty well any refractor . their limitations are that they can not be used in reflectors
Solar scopes (Coronado Ha) 60mm double stack , 90mm double stack , 150mm single stack .
W/L scope Williams Optic Megrez 110mm / Lunt herschel wedge .
Night scope Celestron 9.25 XLT
Mounts HEQ6 , HEQ5 , Losmandy G8
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Solsearcher wrote:
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Most W/L filters mount to the front of your scope and the mounting will be aperture specific . My preference is a Herschel wedge , they can be used in pretty well any refractor . their limitations are that they can not be used in reflectors
I have 8 refractors of various sizes but I would like to use it in either my 80mm Equinox, f 6.25 or my 102mm Antares, f 6.4 or I might buy one for each as my 102 stays at my remote camp. I have a 150mm dob at my camp but I won’t use it for solar. Other than versatility what other advantages does the Herschel have ?
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It is small enough to fit into your pocket and it would be able to be used in any of your refractors . Also available in a 2" model

https://www.astronomics.com/lunt-1-25-s ... ctors.html
Solar scopes (Coronado Ha) 60mm double stack , 90mm double stack , 150mm single stack .
W/L scope Williams Optic Megrez 110mm / Lunt herschel wedge .
Night scope Celestron 9.25 XLT
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I use a Herschel wedge for white light solar since IMO it gives better image contrast.

With the wedge I also use a Baader solar continuum filter and a variable polarizing filter as a "dimmer switch". Both behind the wedge in the optical path.
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