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RedCat 51 or DayStar Solar Scout (or both)?


TerryMcK
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I'm a big fan of WilliamOptics having a few of their scopes already and fancy the RedCat51 for wider field views. Although recently I have become interested in Ha solar and the DayStar Solar Scout SS60-DS 60mm H-alpha Solar Telescope has taken my fancy.

 

Ultimately I will get the RedCat for normal imaging and to take out in the field, literally, but in the meantime while the nights are short and the days are long does anybody have any experience with the Scout 60?

Similarly priced but admittedly they do far different jobs.

 

On the Scout I see has a helical focuser so the prospect of automation is not on the cards unless somebody knows of an add-on focuser. I don't want a Lunt 50 as it is twice the price.

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5 hours ago, TerryMcK said:

I'm a big fan of WilliamOptics having a few of their scopes already and fancy the RedCat51 for wider field views. Although recently I have become interested in Ha solar and the DayStar Solar Scout SS60-DS 60mm H-alpha Solar Telescope has taken my fancy.

 

Ultimately I will get the RedCat for normal imaging and to take out in the field, literally, but in the meantime while the nights are short and the days are long does anybody have any experience with the Scout 60?

Similarly priced but admittedly they do far different jobs.

 

On the Scout I see has a helical focuser so the prospect of automation is not on the cards unless somebody knows of an add-on focuser. I don't want a Lunt 50 as it is twice the price.

The RedCat has been on my wishlist for a while, but other priorities came first. I like the RedCat becuse it can be fully automated at relative cheap cost by using the DeepSkyDad AF3 autofocuser, or better still you can purchase a conversation kit for an existing ZWO EAF from the same company at RVO.

 

https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/deep-sky-dad-eaf-mount-for-william-optics-redcatspacecat.html

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The beauty of the solar scout scope is it has the Ha Quark built in so nothing else to add. It is also 930mm focal length F15.5 as opposed to the RedCat which is 250 and F4.9

However, as you rightly say, the RedCat is much more versatile and the Scout is a one trick pony.

Decisions decisions.

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Start with the Redcat, when you've got your solar routing sorted with that then get the Scout. 

 

Or save time and delays and get both now.

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