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  1. I'm surprised nobody has tried this yet, but you can squeeze in 2x CR2025 batteries (instead of a single CR2032)- that doubles the voltage and will make the illuminator much brighter. Used batteries would be best, to minimize the new higher voltage. I wouldn't leave them in long-term, though. Just long enough to get PA, should suffice.
  2. This still available?
  3. Selling my 3D Printed polarscope illuminator adaptor. This enables the Star Adventurer's polarscope to be used when the L-bracket is fitted. £8 delivered via Paypal gift (Mainland UK only) Thanks for looking.
  4. SWSA, Canon 1100D, MTO-11CA + homemade 0.7x focal reducer
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    You calculate how long your setup takes to dither and settle. Add a few seconds for insurance and then you have your pause-between-subs time for your intervalometer. Alternatively, use a shorter pause, but be prepared to lose a sub every time a dither command is initiated. When PHDMax receives a predetermined number of image(s) into a folder of your choosing, it tells PHD to stop guiding, dither and begin guiding again. Rinse and repeat.
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    I can't be sure until I get a live run, to be honest. All I can say, if Phdmax is to be trusted, however many dithers it did perform, it was back guiding again pretty quickly. I guess all will be revealed, on my next guiding session.
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    Hi, I'm not quite sure what you mean about another post? I have only got as far as running PHD2 in simulation mode, synchronizing it with phdmax and seeing my RAW images automatically sent from camera to a monitored folder on my laptop over flashair wifi. Phdmax then tells me it sees the new file, stopped guiding, dithered, then resumed guiding again, as expected. I've yet to test this in the field due to time and weather constraints.
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    Hi, Thanks again for your great findings, Michael. I really so appreciate it. I'll update you with my findings as and when I get chance.
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    Hi, Michael That is very bizarre! I think I read somewhere that the software was actually designed for the original PHD, and not PHD2, so I guess quirks like this arent out of the question! Hope you manage to find a workaround. Cheers for the feedback.
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    Hi, I've looked into Dithermaster but it appears not to support my camera. I've gone so far as to message the creator too.
  11. Hi Are there any users of this software out there? I would like to incorporate dithering into my guided imaging routine, but it seems this is only readily available to non-Canon, Nikon and ASCOM cameras. As the owner of an Olympus M4/3 camera, there's no pc tethering option available. I currently image with PHD2 and an intervalometer (I do own an old Canon, but for argument's sake, the Oly has a better sensor). Where Phdmax comes in, is that when my Oly takes an image, the image is instantly copied to a folder in my pc (from my camera's wifi SD card). This folder's contents is being constantly monitored by Phdmax, and when a user specified number of images arrive, Phdmax will issue a dither command to PHD2. Rinse and repeat. I've so far managed to perform what looks like a successful simulation, but not had opportunity to test it for real outdoors yet. Anybody have any first hand knowledge to share? It seems to be the only software option of its kind out there I can find at least for my purpose. Cheers 8472
  12. If you think the Z61 is "too wide" then frankly you're going to need a better mount than a Star Adventurer. Also factor in guiding to go with it. A used ed80 might get you the views you want, but the mount will not like it one bit. Stick to your lens with happy-kat's tip, and just crop.
  13. You don't have to go the full 100% strength setting in the life module to have a desired effect. I find it unnaturally clips the black point and will in turn make the mask isolated area look "washed out", or so to speak. Only time I go anywhere near that high is when doing star clusters, for example. A lower value along with adjusting the airy disk parameters yields better results, when I've dabbled in it. That and with subsequent curve, saturation and highlights/shadows manipulation in a photo editor may have desirable affects. The official Startools forum is a great place to ask for help too. Ivo (the software author) is very active and helpful in sorting out most issues you may have.
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