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AllanJ

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  1. Great to watch, live (almost), impressive.
  2. Having been getting used to using Affinity Photo 1.8, it suggested updating to 1.9. However, I could not get it to work. I started a post on the Affinity forum, had a reply with somebody with the same problem, then another post gave the solution which said it seems to be a rather common issue on notebooks with integrated Intel graphics cards. You have to make sure you have the latest (Jan 2021) driver from Intel installed. So I discovered Intel's Driver and Support Assistant (very straightforward to use), and now version 1.9 appears to work fine. Allan
  3. I haven't been to any star parties since I sold my old motorcaravan and decided that after hiring twice that I didn't like these new fangled vans with all their lights. But I have been thinking about making a visit to Shrewesbury for non-astronomical reasons sometime, so if your get-together goes ahead I might be able to join you for a short catch-up.
  4. I decided some months ago that I wasn't going to come this year. It hasn't been the same since I sold my old motorcaravan (bought a Lunt solar 60 with part of the proceeds) and arrived twice in hired vans. Just not the same. Any lingering doubts have been dispelled by the weather. So best wishes to all. Allan
  5. Sorry, can't make it to this one, much as I like Church Farm. Oh, yurp.
  6. Getting back to basics on this thread, here's my experience of venturing into Linux for the first time, which may or may not help other potential new users. I did have some slight acquaintance with Unix years ago. I have an old Samsung N150 netbook, Atom processor that I used to use for browsing, TeamViewer (indoors) linking to my laptop connected to imaging kit (outdoors), and for occasional HEQ5 mount control and DMK41 solar imaging. It could never be called speedy, but with Windows updates it made watching paint dry a quick fire pursuit. Rather than send it to recycling, I gave Linux a go.
  7. I use a 33 x 21 cm aluminium case. with some bubble wrap for padding (and a label marked "Heavy" so I don't forget which case it is before grabbing it). I usually shift it with two hands in case the handle fails.
  8. AllanJ

    My thanks...

    Thanks to all the organisers and participants for making it another great star party. Dates for next year in my diary already.
  9. Just about to leave Exeter, wondering what I have forgotten to pack. Beer and wine are in the van, though.
  10. Pile of kit building up downstairs. Bringing HEQ5, ED80 and elderly modded DSLR, plus Lunt solar for those balmy, sunny days. Picking up and packing hired motorcaravan on Thursday afternoon, planning to get to Lucksall about lunchtime Friday (unlike last year, when a later pickup meant I arrived in the dark when you were all curried up and Michael had started the quiz). Visited Majestic Wine this morning to top up my supply of "The Astronomer" Shiraz.
  11. I'm booked, so I can get out into the sunshine now.
  12. Old Canon 1000D through ED80. Three exposures, 1/1000, 1/50 and 1/2 merged to show the galilean moons neatly in a row.
  13. Neil, I used PHD2 (free) comet tracking. One way to get the tracking data is through Skychart - Cartes du Ciel (free). Load the latest comet data under Setup > Solar System >Comet and then locate the comet. Right click on the comet will give some ephemeris data, but this is not quite what you need for mount tracking. Click Setup > Manage Tool Box Script. Table of mostly empty lines with F keys numbered. Click on an empty line and select the bit with PHDguiding. Assuming you are guiding in PHD2, then in PHD2 select Tools > Comet Tracking. Back in CdC, click the Connect button then
  14. Hello Mick, Up till now, Astrotortilla only works with Nebulosity 2/3, so I keep both versions 3 and 4 on my computer, and it works a treat, especially once you set the appropriate scale minimum/maximum and search radius. However, reading your post I wondered if there is now a Nebulosity 4 friendly fix - and yes, there is a beta driver for Nebulosity 4 as an ASCOM camera. I've installed that, but haven't tested it yet. I found the link to it here: http://www.iceinspace.com.au/forum/archive/index.php/t-137444.html So I have copied the relevant post from that site, a user named ejd wr
  15. I'm having the same swipe problem as John on 2 devices. Samsung Galaxy and Nexus 7. Both have Android 6.0.1 The Galaxy has Kernel 3.18.14 dated 16 Nov (actually, I have no idea what the kernel does, but John quoted his) The Nexus 7 has Kernel 3.4.0 Jul 2 Allan
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