Airylab Solar Scintillation Monitor
The Solar Scintillation Monitor by AiryLab can be used to check the seeing quality during the day to assist you in solar astronomy and imaging. It is capable of delivering high quality data near instantaneously, accurately reporting the seeing value in ArcSec at your exact location. The high speed readout renders this device usable as an assistant in high resolution solar imaging, as well. It's invaluable for finding the best observation site, the best time of day to view, and can be used in conjunction with the specialized Genika Astro software from AiryLab for direct image acquisition. It is small, portable, and easy to operate. It requires less than 200 mA in terms of power supply, and can run on a battery anywhere from 6V to 13V.
OPT Product Number: AY-SSM
Belongs in a Solar Imager’s Arsenal
The SSM, as it is often called, allows a solar imager to evaluate and compare imaging locations. It also lets you trigger your camera via laptop connection when the seeing reaches a specified threshold. Evan better, it pauses and resumes that video capture according to a worst seeing threshold you also set. This really puts you in control of the quality of data you’re putting on your drive. Nothing like stacking the odds in your favor when playing lucky imaging. Still working through some issues with how to create longer automated sequences in FireCapture. May end up switching to Genika (AiryLab’s capture software). But this tool’s a keeper.
Easy to set up. I use it to trigger firecapture to start imaging when seeing falls below a predefined level. My only suggestion would be a longer cable for the sensor.