Solar Photagraphy with the New Saturn-M SQR Camera from Player One Astronomy

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A first light on solar imaging of my newest Saturn-M SQR camera from Player One Astronomy. With a large square sensor of 9MP (1”) it gives a great field of view and much larger resolution, specially useful for producing mosaics or full discs of the Sun in a one single run. On last May 4, 2023 I captured this first light on a very unstable and cloudy day with average to bad seeing conditions and even though the results seems pretty promising, don’t you think? First image was at 10bit mode and second and third images including the black and white version, on 14bit mode. Both has a huge dynamic range but what most impressed me was the fact that I don’t even needed to adjust the tilt plate as it comes from factory, because the image is completely clear, any kind of newton rings visible and non-amp-glow, which gives a perfect clear background. Thanks Player-One-Astronomy for your constant support! No doubts that even being a planetary camera, has an incredible potential for Solar photography too. For more details and a BTS video, visit my IG page.

PT: Uma “primeira luz” da minha mais recente câmara Saturn-M SQR da Player One Astronomy, em fotografia Solar. Com um sensor grande quadrado de 9MP (1”) oferece um largo campo de visão e resolução muito maior, especialmente útil para produzir mosaicos ou discos completos do Sol em uma única sequência. No passado dia 4 de maio de 2023 captei esta primeira luz num dia de atmosfera muito instável e com núvens altas em condições de seeings “médio a mau” e apesar disso os resultados parecerem bastante promissores. Na primeira imagem a câmara estava no modo de 10 Bits e na segunda e terceira imagens, incluindo a versão a preto e branco, no modo de 14 Bits. Ambas revelam uma faixa dinâmica enorme mas o que mais me impressionou, foi o facto de nem precisar de fazer qualquer ajuste na placa de inclinação tal como vem de fábrica, pois a imagem estava totalmente nítida, sem qualquer tipo de anéis de newton visíveis e sem qualquer amp-glow, o que permite um fundo limpo e perfeito. Obrigado Player-One-Astronomy pelo apoio constante, sem dúvida uma câmara planetária com um potencial enorme também extensível ao Sol. Para mais detalhes e um BTS video, visite o story to meu IG .


Above are a still shot presented in portrait version, intended to help conduct the reader attention to the most interesting parts of the image.

PT: Acima está uma foto apresentada em uma versão retrato com o objetivo intencional de ajudar a conduzir a atenção do leitor para as partes mais interessantes da imagem. 

Technical details | Detalhes Técnicos

William Optics ED80| EQ-6 Pro mount | Daystar Quark Prominence filter| Player One Saturn-M SQR | Stack of 200 frames for each single image, captured in average to bad seeing conditions from Dark Sky® Alqueva territory, Portugal.

Important Note | Nota Importante:  Never look and point a telescope or any other optical equipment directly to the sun without a proper and specialized safty filters! It can blind you forever.  PT: Nota Importante –  Nunca aponte um telescópio ou qualquer equipamento óptico directamente para o sol e observe através dele sem filtros especializados e seguros. Causará cegueira irreversível!



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