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Impressions of the DayStar Quark Chromosphere H-Alpha Eyepiece

20 Jul 2015, 19:32 UTC
Impressions of the DayStar Quark Chromosphere H-Alpha Eyepiece
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DayStar Filters released their Quark Hydrogen-Alpha "Eyepiece" during NEAF 2014, or close to that from what I can find. If you listen to my podcast, At The Eyepiece, you know I have mentioned the DayStar Quark a few times. You will also know that I have been following amateurs images with this device, and I have been impressed with what DayStar has been able to accomplish with this unique "eyepiece" design. Now fast forward to June 20th, the day before Worldwide Solstice Festival, and yours truly has in his hands a 66mm ED APO and the Quark Chromosphere Hydrogen-Alpha Eyepiece. Of course, as any true amateur astronomy knows, the clouds came with it. Frankly its been horrible weather  here in middle Tennessee for weeks; hot/humid with days of solid clouds from time to time. Just when you think you're going to get some Sun, you do, but unfortunately hot and humid weather means very muggy and mushy skies, just enough to tease you with sunlight but horrific transparency washing away any significant attempts you make at solar observing, at least with hydrogen-alpha. All that  change just a few days ago, when I was finally greeted with some BLUE skies! I grabbed the ...

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