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Everything posted by TheThing

  1. Odd Dob is a genius! Here is his method for LRGB combining in Registax, from a PM he sent me: - It does seem a very poorly documented feature, doesn't? This is what I did: 1. Record .avi's for each of LRGB. I saved these seperate AVIs with this kind of format: jupiter-001.avi jupiter-002.avi jupiter-003.avi jupiter-004.avi each one number corresponding to a filter. 2. I analysed each of these *separately* in registax, to produce a single .FIT file for each avi (i.e. a FIT file for each LRGB filter). These I save with different kind of file name format jupiter_L.fit jupiter_R.fit jupiter_G.fit jupiter_B.fit by doing this separately, I mean I load up each AVI individually and complete the processing and save the result before loading the next one. I found it important to be quite conservative with the wavelet functions at this stage - any noise introduced can be problematical in the next stage. 3. Now the clever bit. Open each one of the .FIT files you created in one go. I.e. when you get the open file dialogue, select all of the in one go by holding down CTRL and clicking each one. I think it's got something to do with using the _L _R etc in the file names that enables Registrax to know which one is which. Now just do the stacking process as usual. The end result magically ends up in colour! A word of caution. You don't seem to have a very clear way of controlling the combination of the layers. It does seem quite intelligent but noise introduced at the initial processing seems to make it worse, can you can get some very weird results . You'll also need to crop your pictures quite a lot as a lot of colour noise gets introduced at the margins. I have no idea if this is the "best" way to do it, but it worked for me. Good luck! (do us a favour and cut and paste this to the thread, ta!) I'll be giving this a go next time there is a clear night. Thank you sir!
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    Motor for EQ3-2 mount?

    Are motor drives all a standard size? Will any motor to run an EQ3-2 mount fit any EQ3-2 mount regardless of manufacturer? Thanks,
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    Astronomia Have used this shop on a couple of occasions now and found them very helpful with good knowledge and competative prices. A quick phone call or e-mail to them reagrding stock or suitability is always answered promptly (for my queries, I must thank Matt who has always helped me). They are always very curteous. The 2nd hand book shelf is always worth a squint - £5 a book and £3 of that goes to charity. Oh, and they have some lovely scopes to drool over in the showroom (espec. te truss dob! I didn't look any further than the £1,800 price tag though! It was H-U-G-E!!!) I'll definately be using them in the future and would impress upon other to as well.
  4. Even a modicom of LP makes DSO finding nigh on impossible. M31 is always said to be a naked eye object. Not 15 miles from central London I'm afraid! Even with star hopping it is difficult to pin down. I first bought a cheap ETX-80 for this very reason. I saw more DSOs with it in one night than in the whole preceding year. I think if you're losing your astronomy mojo, then GOTO is the way to go. If you can though, keep the dob and get a small; cheap GOTO. Use them side by side - Goto to get you there and dob to get the great views! TheThing
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    My finished TAL100RS

    Sweet! Tals really are great scopes and yours is great looking. TheThing
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    My new Takahashi Sky90

    Very nice. Like the flip flops too! TheThing
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    Business as usual!

    Wall to wall cloud here. Must be clear for lots of the country judging by.how many have seen a fireball! Good stuff and hope it stays clear for you. TheThing
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    Super Newt on AB&S

    It wasn't meant to be. Something better will come along. TheThing
  9. That's why I'm keen to give it another try. I didn't realise there was so much to it. TheThing
  10. Tell us more please! TheThing
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    Meade GOTO

    I've recently picked up an EQ2 (or possibly EQ3-2) with Meade motor drives on both axis and a #497 GOTO controller. For some reason, the GOTO seems to be back to front. If I try and align, it will slew to the wrong side of the sky. For example, it seems to think Vega is in the east whereas it currently lies in the west. I've done a reset and trained the motors. The settings are all ok - date and time correct, home town is set to Greenwich (I've tried London ad well), but it still thinks Vega is in the east. The controller is set to EQ mode, so all seems correct there too. Just wondered if anyone can offer any help or a manual that can assist please? TheThing
  12. Really? I couldn't give two hoots! That doesn't excuse him trying to throw his weight around here and trolling other peoples experience. I can't be bothered with his childish, rude nature or lack of basic manners. If that makes him a collimating expert on Cloudy Nights and in his home country, then he can stay there. Take it up with him, don't berate me for his problems.
  13. JasonD has spoiled it for the rest of you I'm afraid. Take it up with him. I can't be bothered to try and sort out the chip on his shoulder. The distinct possiblity is that if I post them here, he will simply 'troll' thru them arguing every point that he doesn't agree with, regardless of others experience. He seems over protective of A-B's guide which is peculiar. Perhaps his style of posting is better suited to the forum that has something to do with overcast skies between the hours of dusk and dawn? Anyway, I'm not going give him any reason to continue the spurious arguments he has started on. Harsh for others, I know, but it's down to our Californian "friend"!
  14. If any beginners want to find out, then feel free to PM me and I will put them straight. I wont put anything here for 'the troll' to pick apart because, frankly, I'm not in the mood to have him argue with me or forget his manners further. That kind of behaviour is best kept for American forums.
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    Meade GOTO

    Right, I think I'm sorted! A chap from RoboScopes group on Yahoo came up with a simple solution. I'll copy his e-mail here just in case anyone else needs it: - "I have seen this problem occur at times when I converted a mount to a GOTO mount. You might try this,it worked for me. In the autostar controller find the alt. and az. setting, take note of the numbers and weather there is a plus or minus in front of the number. Do this in case you change one of the numbers. Which ever axis is slewing in the wrong direction change the plus sign to a minus or change the minus sign to a plus and try it again. If your slews are in the correct direction leave the change,if not change it back to the original,then change the opposite axis and repeat the procedure. I have done this and it worked for me numerous times with some of the mounts I have built. Remember,DO NOT change the numbers,these are your gears ratios, just the plus or minus. Hope this works for you. Jeff " A quick daylight test has the scope slewing in the right direction after changing the Az ration from "-" to "+" for both Vega and Altair. Just need a clear sky to test it properly. Happy days! (So far!)
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    Super Newt on AB&S

    Outrageous! Hope you gave him a earful. TheThing
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    Lunar mosaic from 7th Sept...and a question

    Shame about the gaps because that is a stunning image! I like MS ICE but only cos it does it all for you! TheThing
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    Webcam Help Please

    Whoops! Read that as scope. TheThing
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    Webcam Help Please

    Are you using wanting to use it for imaging? If so, when you add a nosepiece and pop it in your scope, this will bring it into focus. TheThing
  20. I'm not going to bother stooping to your level. You have no manners and obviously can't be bothered to look for yourself. I could't really care less. Follow the guide and get it wrong. It's your scope and your life. Good luck to you. TheThing
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    Meade GOTO

    Now not working again! Tried the same procedure but still heading east. I've tried reversing the directions, buy that only applies to the directional buttons for moving the scope 'by hand'. I'm at a loss TheThing
  22. It's a free forum and I'm not breaking any rules. I'm not listing them for you if you cannot remember your manners. They cost nothing! TheThing
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    Meade GOTO

    It might be cured. Just had a fiddle. I set it all up and put the time to 21:30 hours. Slew to Vega in the east. Checked all the settings. All fine. Changed my Longitude to South and tried aligning again. It picked a star I'd never heard of and slew east again (although the scope was facing north, so it probably was heading west!) Changed the Long. back to North. Align on Vega again and it pointed West! Looks like roughly the right place too. Software glitch? Probably! TheThing
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    Lighting Halved

    Us too. They also dim slightly after midnight too. TheThing
  25. Find them for yourself. They are quite obvious! TheThing

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