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  1. Take a look at SIRILIC It automates a whole slew of Siril tasks.
  2. Interesting. I've not used ASTAP for anything other than platesolving in APT, tbh. Might be worth a look. The must haves for me are stacking dissimilar image scales, effective gradient reduction/background extraction and the ability to preprocess and edit mono data. The two different paid software options I've been using up to this point do, and indeed Siril+SirilIC does too.
  3. Out of interest, I found a front end for this program called Siril IC. It has made things so much easier to the point that I think I'll now use Siril as my go-to stacking and preprocessing option. It does 90% of what the others I've used do but costs nothing.
  4. Hi, As a first time user, I'm trying to wrap my head around this stacking software. I'm using version 0.99.6, but the online english documentation is either out of date, non-existent or incomprehensible. All I want to do is perform a mono Ha stack of Lights, Flats, Darkflats and Darks, but I can't even find out how to do simple task such as change the current working directory,(supposedly in the bottom right corner of Conversion tab), as instructed in an online guide (there's no button in this version!). There also doesn't seem to be any provision for loading Darkflats from what
  5. Hi, Does anyone have any idea how I can get my hands on this software? I applied before Christmas as instructed, via the Pixinsight website, but my requests and queries have been ignored. I think I may have also applied about a year previously with similar results, if memory serves. No-one has got back to me. I followed their specific email address guidelines too, but to no avail. Needless to say, I'm not interested in any dodgy/cracked editions. Thanks!
  6. On the whole, I would say yes. There are some driver issues (most have been, or will be solved with new updates) if you take a look on a couple of CN threads, but I wouldn't necessarily let that put you off.
  7. I have an i7 laptop now and so, far it breezes through everything a throw at it - including my camera's 47mp mode. Thanks for your help.
  8. Hi Gina I also have 55mm Super, 135 and 200mm M42 SMC Takumar lenses I'm thinking of pairing with my 294M. Do you have any experience of using these wide open with M4/3 or larger mono sensors? In my experience they only work acceptably when stopped down to at least F/5 with OSC, so I'm reluctant to waste the few clear spells we have imaging too wide open. Thanks
  9. Hi Thanks, but I have a 48gb Ryzen desktop for all my post processing duties. My only use for a laptop is for image acquisition. As luck would have it, I've just gone and bought an 8gb i5, just like what you mentioned. I hope I don't regret it, as I was under the assumption you don't need much horsepower for imaging control? Guess I'll find out soon enough. Out if interest, what CPU benchmark are you referring to?
  10. Hi, Just got a new QHY294M camera and I'm having a few issues. I updated my ASCOM platform from 6.4 to 6.5 and the thing wouldn't connect or work at all. Reverted back to 6.4 and while it just about works, it is extremely slow at downloading images in APT and displaying live view. Live view takes over 15s to refresh and images take between 10 to 30 seconds to download depending on if they are 11 or 47mp in size. As you can imagine, this is extremely frustrating for generating calibration files. My laptop is a Samsung RV515 (AMD E-450), 8GB RAM 500GB SSD. Running APT V
  11. I'm a DSO guy at heart, but with Mars about to approach opposition, I was wondering if my camera could be used to capture high speed (120fps) video effectively? My last attempt at planetary imaging was years ago with a modified Microsoft HD webcam with limited success. I'm thinking the much higher framerare of my mirrorless wins against my ancient webcam, but is it the better option? Downside is it's lossy 640x480 mjpeg vs 720p, but I'm not sure this is an issue for planetary? I have a dedicated QHY5L-iiC planetary camera, but it is part of a finderguider setup and I'm not abou
  12. FWIW, unguided dithering has been around for the original Star Adventurer, for ages - in the form of a beta firmware. I've been happily using it for months. For some reason, SW pulled it from their website a good while back.
  13. Looks okay, but if your budget can stretch to a HEQ5 or equivalent then do so.
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