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memoryman

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  1. I ended up buying a second hand Ultrastar off UK Astronomy Buy & Sell for less than £490. It looks almost brand new (is about 1 yr old, but has hardly been used) and should be a good match for my f4 SN10".
  2. Worked out that the problem was that I had opened the Ultrastar program which is for guiding. Once I opened Dtarlight Live it recognised the camera. Such are the experiences of complete newbies!
  3. Multi spectral imaging sounds interesting! Where can I find that?
  4. To start with just a laptop screen. What size screen would you recommend (my present refurbished Dell Latitude D630 laptop is 350mm (14") and what size hard drive and RAM (presently 80GB and 512MB respectively)? is it worth investing in a better spec larger screen laptop, perhaps with USB 3.0 capability in case I ever buy a high frame rate CMOS camera? Perhaps I'm trying to run before I can walk? ?
  5. I am a complete newbie to VA live viewing. Can anyone tell me in simple terms how you use the software for *outreach, especially for allowing people not present on site to view what you are presenting, ie:- what exactly is involved (including equipment and resources) and what do you have to do for it to be a success? *I'm thinking of getting involved with schools and other groups such as Scouts/guides (and even my neighbours) etc to show off the wonders of the night sky in real (or almost real) time to an audience via one screen. This I feel is more viable and productive with the resultant WOW factor than queuing up for views through an eyepiece (with all the problems that brings, not least to valuable equipment), which not everyone is comfortable with or is capable of doing in a practical sense.
  6. Having just bought an Ultrastar second hand, I'm impressed by the images posted by HiloDon. Can anyone recommend (to a complete newbie to live viewing) a technique for limiting the blowing out of the central core of galaxies, whilst retaining the detail of the spiral arms? The main scope I'd be using would be my f4 10" Meade SN10 on my EQ6 Pro mount.
  7. I've just bought a Starlight Xpress Ultrastar colour from a fellow amateur astronomer, which arrived today. When a I got home after work I loaded the CD and followed instructions, but when everything was correctly installed (or it seems like it is) and open the Ultrastar C imaging program and click on Main Camera Control the message, "USBSXV10 (I think it's 10, but could it be l0?) device not found" appears. When I click OK the message, "Sorry, No camera found on USB" appears. It's the mini USB plug at the back of my laptop not a normal USB 2.0 plug. I'm a bit stuck now as Starlight xpress probably won't be open until Monday morning. Another thing is the little LED bulb supposed to light up green? Because it doesn't. Could it be a problem with the cable or service mething equally mundane? Could I have done something daft during the setup or installation process that could have buggered it up? I've uninstalled and reinstalled the program and drivers, but no luck. Can anyone who has had the same, or a similar problem help me please?
  8. Looks like that with the large pixel size could be a clincher, thanks.
  9. So your recommendation would be to but the Lodestar x2 mono? I would prefer the colour version. Do you feel that the lack of sensitivity would outweigh the gain due to seeing objects in colour? Have too seen or had experience of the cameras that Alrair Astro produce? The Hypercam IMX series with a heatsink cooled by a passive low vibration fan look interesting and the company recommends that they are useful for VA & EAA, especially the IMX178. https://www.altairastro.com/Altair-Hypercam-IMX224-USB3-Colour-Camera.html It has a smaller sensor, but slightly larger pixel size. https://www.altairastro.com/Hypercam-IMX178-USB3.0-Colour-EAA-Imaging-Guide-Camera.html Has a larger sensor, but smaller pixel size.
  10. The Atik Infinity price has shot up to £959 at First Light Optics and Ian King Imaging!! Was £795 until recently, so that's an increase of £164 or 20.6%!!? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/atik-cameras/atik-infinity-monocolour-video-astronomy-guiding-imaging-camera.html http://www.iankingimaging.com/show_product.php?id=1612 Is £879 (down apparently from £899) at the Widescreen Centre?! That's still an a increase of £84 or 10.5%?! https://www.widescreen-centre.co.uk/astronomy-astroimaging-cameras/atik-astronomy-cameras/atik-infinity-mono-or-colour-ccd-camera It's direct competitor in the market the Starlight Xpress Ultrastar is still £795?!? It wasn't long ago that they were both the same price as when launched (£785), so what's going on with the pricing?!! Are Atik and their suppliers on a suicide mission?!?
  11. I've just come across this term whilst investigating EAA and VA. Could someone explain what Night Vision (NV) is, especially as it relates to EAA and VA? The more I try to understand this subject the more I find that new information and camera options pop up to confuse me! I want to make the right decision about which camera option to use (and buy) for real, or near real time observing from my back garden. I have no intention of abandon ping visual observing which I still enjoy and see the options above as an additional way of observing fainter objects without necessarily having to travel large distances in order to do so. It will also allow me to show my family and friends the joys of the night sky without them having to wait their turn and possibly even stay warm! Could someone explain what Night Vision (NV) is, especially as it relates to EAA and VA? The more I try to understand this subject the more I find that new information and camera options pop up to confuse me! I want to make the right decision about which camera option to use (and buy) for real, or near real time observing from my back garden. I have no intention of abandon ping visual observing which I still enjoy and see the options above as an additional way of observing fainter objects without necessarily having to travel large distances in order to do so. It will also allow me to show my family and friends the joys of the night sky without them having to wait their turn and possibly even stay warm! Could someone explain what Night Vision (NV) is, especially as it relates to EAA and VA? The more I try to understand this subject the more I find that new information and camera options pop up to confuse me! I want to make the right decision about which camera option to use (and buy) for real, or near real time observing from my back garden. I have no intention of abandon ping visual observing which I still enjoy and see the options above as an additional way of observing fainter objects without necessarily having to travel large distances in order to do so. It will also allow me to show my family and friends the joys of the night sky without them having to wait their turn and possibly even stay warm! Could someone explain what Night Vision (NV) is, especially as it relates to EAA and VA? The more I try to understand this subject the more I find that new information and camera options pop up to confuse me! I want to make the right decision about which camera option to use (and buy) for real, or near real time observing from my back garden. I have no intention of abandon ping visual observing which I still enjoy and see the options above as an additional way of observing fainter objects without necessarily having to travel large distances in order to do so. It will also allow me to show my family and friends the joys of the night sky without them having to wait their turn and possibly even stay warm!
  12. Having had white LED streetlights installed 2 nights ago, how will that effect the use of a narrow band or other types of filter?
  13. Thanks everyone for your replies. It seems to me that based on what you all say that for *planetary imaging a high frame rate and therefore better quality laptop with a large HD and USB 3.0 is best? However if I am more interested in DSO's or fainter objects (which I am) with perhaps slower frame rates where increased sensitivity is more important (with a camera with larger pixels?) then a lower spec USB 2.0 laptop will be OK? Am I understanding properly or getting bogged down in unimportant detail as newbies are prone to doing??? *For this aspect of EAA/VA a smaller pixel camera such as the ZWO asi120mc would be better?
  14. I've used Sharpcap and Registrax with a modified webcam, but not as an EAA session specifically. So in your opinion the Lodestar C or X2C along with Starlight Live capture software would be suitable cameras for VA/EAA in a back garden scenario? Is the learning curve steep or intuitive and relatively easy?
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