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  2. was just a typo! Class compiles ok now
  3. Code smell! I like it!!! Just created the class as you suggested and have a few errors, going to see what they are and if i can fix
  4. You could have a faulty panel I would drop an email to manufacturer
  5. Depends on how you look at it - if it works for you and won't cause any issues down the line - then it is fine. If you are strict in how you design your software then yes, it's sort of a code smell.
  6. Hello everyone, this is my first post and new here as a fellow member recommended that I become a part of this great community. I will try to make this short and easy I have a canon t5 and would like to do just a standar/baader mod as opposed to full spectrum meaning I would be leaving the LPF#1 filter in place but remove the LPF#2 filter. would I still be able to do narrowband imaging this way or do I need a full spectrum by removing the LPF#1 as well. and if I do need to remove it what glass do I put in place of the LPF#1 and LPF#2 or can I just leave both filter out with the full spectrum. I would like to start out by removing just the LPF#2 filter since I heard of issues of bloating with removing both. Any advice will be greatly appreciated as I am new to this hobby but feel I am ready to start narrowband imaging to dabble with the so called Hubble palate. Thank you everyone hope to hear back CLEAR SKIES!
  7. Sorry, missed this. Skybadger PM'ed me first, but the answer would've been no, unless you're prepared to do a lot of work.
  8. private void BtnConnect_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) { if (ObservatoryComPort != null) { } else { string SelectedComPort = (string)ListBoxSerialPorts.SelectedItem; ObservatoryComPort = ObservatorySerialPort.OpenComPort(SelectedComPort); } } That works but is that a no no since its checking the status of the serial port from within the form?
  9. Ah sorry, that should be private static SerialPort ... (static member in static class)
  10. @banjaxed No need for you to add COMPLETED to the title. This is done automatically when the ad is archived.
  11. Should I seal around the pins with something now?
  12. on this line: private SerialPort ObservatoryCompPort = null; I get: cannot declare instance members in a static class
  13. I set my Xcode project for all my TheSkyX X2 plugin to a minimum deployment version of 10.9 I haven't got any complaint regarding this so far. Rodolphe
  14. A crystal clear sky here with the moon and Jupiter directly above it! I'm jumping for joy, just hope the seeing is good now!
  15. Try something like this: public static class ObservatoryPortProvider { private SerialPort ObservatoryCompPort = null; public static SerialPort GetObservatoryComPort(string SelectedComPort) { if(ObservatoryComPort==null) { ObservatoryComPort = new SerialPort(); ObservatoryCOMPort.PortName = SelectedComPort; ObservatoryComPort.Open(); } return ObservatoryComPort; } public static void CloseObservatoryComPort() { if(ObservatoryComPort!=null) { ObservatoryComPort.Close(); //I'm just guessing there is close method ObservatoryComPort = null; } } } With above class you can then do something like: MyComPort = ObservatoryPortProvider.GetObservatoryComPort("COM1"); //or however you intend to call it ... It will always return the same instance of the com port. You can close it once you no longer need it with: ObservatoryPortProivder.CloseObservatoryComPort();
  16. +1 for this approach, if the cameras aren’t on the scopes in the protected observatory, then they are in dedicated metal or plastic foam filled cases inside the house. They aren’t cheap to replace and IMHO it’s worth spending a few quid to store them properly.
  17. They look different but without the standard deviation can't be sure. I would try running another set. Ensure no light leaks and I would add a delay between them say 20 s to ensure the chip stabilises between images. Regards Andrew
  18. OK - next question - I have it all sort of working, the user can list the com ports, select one then connect to it. However I want to then stop you from clicking connect again and creating another comport object. So in my OpenComPort method I put in an If statement to check if the port is open already, however..... As the first part of the method instantiates a new serial port, when it comes to the if statement its never going to be open! I tried moving the SerialPort ObservatoryCOMPort = new SerialPort(); line to the top of the class but then I get the object reference required error again arghh.... public static SerialPort OpenComPort(string SelectedComPort) { SerialPort ObservatoryCOMPort = new SerialPort(); ObservatoryCOMPort.PortName = SelectedComPort; if (!ObservatoryCOMPort.IsOpen) { ObservatoryCOMPort.Open(); return ObservatoryCOMPort; } if (ObservatoryCOMPort.IsOpen) { return ObservatoryCOMPort; } return null; }
  19. The 1st one involved holding my phone over the eyepiece, so probably wasn't square. This latest one was a dslr at prime focus. Hopefully should be able to star test later and see if the comet shaped stars have gone.
  20. Yes I drive my AZ-EQ6 with it. It generally works very well, but the menu logic for it takes some learning, specifically the functions of some buttons. There's one particular sequence of button-presses during alignment that is intuitive obvious and logical, but WRONG and fatal (to the alignment). Once you make that mistake, you need to reset the scope position and start again. I do it almost every time. But once you've got through that, it's very good. You can use everything you observe as an extra alignment point, so it gets more and more accurate during the session. The "Tour" feature, the catalogue-selection, the sheer number of catalogues, and the notes on each object, are all brilliant. I have ordered an encoder unit for my AYOii mount which is due soon, so I'll be able to use the Nexus DSC in "push-to" mode as well, as originally designed. And in due course I intend to get a largeish Dob.
  21. We have once figured, that the absolute maximum accuracy of the CSSE pointing with a modern smartphone is about 1 arcmin. Which corresponds to 1.2 km GPS/GLONASS error at London latitude. So, I wouldn't even bother striving for a sub-kilometer fix. Also, I wouldn't trust Russian GLONASS (GNSS displayed in the top left corner of your app) as their satellite group is known for systematic malfunctioning.
  22. If I ever get the darn thing finished, I intend to post it alongside a ~4 hr version taken with the RASA 8 and QHY 268c and see what folks make of the comparison...
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