Just going through some preliminaries. Unfortunately I forgot to charge the Celestron power tank that’s been in the closet for 3 years! Looks like it can still charge. We will see if it works. I am getting a spare. Anyway one of the critical pieces of equipment for imaging the Sun is a solar finder. I remember the first time I tried getting the sun in the field of view took me about an hour because I thought it was going to be so easy. I mean after all it’s so big and bright how could you miss it! Problem is you can’t look at it and your scope may be very close but you will have a heck of a time getting it in the field without knowing how close you are. So I did this before but could not find the old one I had. No problem. It’s very easy to make a finder. Use a cardboard tube from a roll of paper toweling. Cut out a cardboard circle just wider that the tube and tape it on one end with a piece of duct tape. Put a piece of wax paper on the other end and secure that with some rubber bands. Put a hole in the duct tape end in the center with about a 1/8″ tool or drill bit. And that’s it. Point the end of the tube with the hole in it and when the sun is in the field a bright spot will appear on the wax paper. The tube is light enough so you can tape it to your scope so that it’s parallel to it. When you see the bright spot in the center of the wax paper, chances are it will be in your telescope’s field of view!
Next up. Testing the battery and solar tracking
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