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RedCat 51 or DayStar Solar Scout (or both)?


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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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No that is next on the list. I also want a large Primaluce Losmandy Side by Side plus to mount the ZS73 and the RedCat simultaneously. It will give me quite a few options having those scopes on at the same time.

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It depends which target I will be shooting as to whether I use the OSC or the mono.

I wouldn’t necessarily swap cameras in the same session but it might be interesting to shoot broadband on a large target for a night or two with the OSC and next time shoot Ha with the mono to add to the image.

 

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Having had a solar scope i was raely able to image/view sun a7-8 am in the morning when its best seeing. And having had a Redcat51 for a while its magnificent i bought it with the money i got for the solar scope , and would never go back , no flattener needed as built in and all the reviews i have seen say its probably the best 250mm scope in the world! and the Helical focus is just peachy.

HTH 

Roger.

 

 

https://www.diyphotography.net/this-250mm-f-4-9-lens-is-the-worlds-sharpest-and-has-interchangeable-camera-mounts/

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