Hinode SG (Solar Guider) at OPT Show

We had OPT show yesterday.

 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Haruka (125SD Bino) at left, 50mm Solarscope at the center and Lunt 50 with Hinode SG

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANozomi (89ED Bino) and Astrographs

opt2013dThis year’s key event for Hutech was the field demonstration of Hinode SG (Solar guider). As usual, Oceanside was overcast by marine layer most of the show time. But fortunately last a couple hours the sun was shown up and allowed us to demonstrate Hinode SG. This was the 1st demonstration at the public. Huge attention from people encouraged us to make it commercially ready ASAP. We are scheduling to start shipping this fall. We plan to demonstrate Hinode SG in Japan next month and in Germany September, and so and so.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is my favorite setup by Solarscope 50 with BORG 50 FL(400mm focal length) and Losmandy StarLapse mount. Fortunately, after the sky was clear, I had the chance to make comparison test between SS 50 and another brand 50. As a result, I didn’t hesitate to decide building up the ultimate H-alpha solar binoscope by 2 x SS 50 and 2 x BORG 50FL at all. The overwhelming performance encouraged me to own one more same optical system. Binoscope viewing through SS 50 with high-contrast Abbe Ortho eyepieces and true solar face by erecting mirror system, it should be very nice!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALosmandy displayed the new mount. According to Scott, this is still at the engineering stage. The concept is

– Eliminate the counterweight (DEC unit, the scope itself and controller etc become counterweight?)

– Allows to use at zero degree latitude (like Z-type mount?)

– Gemini electronics and servo motors. (GOTO capability)

– Modular design, which allows to use single-axis and dual-axis

I believe this is the wonderful concept. Scott, I look forward it will be commercially available soon.

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~ by tedishikawa on July 14, 2013.

3 Responses to “Hinode SG (Solar Guider) at OPT Show”

  1. Ted,

    In the 5th picture from the top, what is the weight of the OTA and the rest of the setup, including the rings, that sits in the Losmandy clamp at the top of the StarLapse mount?

    Some very nice equipment shown in those photos!

    Thanks, and

    Best regards,

    Perry

  2. If anyone else is interested, Scott says it’s about 7.5 pounds.

    Perry

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