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About Bubbles82

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  1. I’m hoping to get some raw unstacked RGB files to practice a full process with and was wondering if there is somewhere I can get this or if someone would be kind enough to share some. I have just brought a startools licence and want to have get some practice in for when I finally manage to capture some real data. I’ve not used startools before I didn’t bother with the free trial as I think from what I’ve seen others achieve its well worth the money. I fully understand that the processing part takes a lot of practice and with the weather here at the moment I have plenty of time?
  2. He we are as I promised some progress pics of the control area and connections at the pier. The pier connections have all been made to cope with and damp/ dew like conditions they might come up against. If anyone would like to know how the external internet sockets were made I’m happy to write up an explanation. On the control side the top section will hold my 12 v bench supply, internet rack switch and the control pc. The bottom section will hold the 3 screens to keep an eye on everything. The whole thing is hard wired meaning the control pc and pier pc are connected to the network reliably. The big advantage of this for me is buy having a pc at the pier everything is plugged directly into the USB ports of the computer eliminating the previous usb hub and cable problems.
  3. Long long overdue update on this project, I have finally had the time and funds to buy everything I need to finish this. I’ve ordered another monitor so I can have a 2/3 screen setup at the control desk in the garage. I have some photos I will share in the next few days not because I think I’ve done anything special but hopefully they might help others in there quest for an obsy at home with limited garden space?
  4. I can’t help much here but can comment on atiks efw2. This was my first and still is the filter wheel I use it is expensive for what it is but I can tell you that it plugs in and works flawlessly with atiks capture software. So if you can afford to get one by stretching your budget you won’t be disappointed. I’ve learnt the hard way with Astro kit ,you get what you pay For (most of the time)
  5. Just a quick post for those interested in damp proofing a hard wired internet connection. I was looking around for a modular faceplate external type socket and after finding a few there was no way I was paying £50 for one so I managed to make one for £12.07 ,the pic shows a external socket available from most diy places which has been modified to hold a modual type faceplate. I personally am only using this for hardwired internet connections to my pier but this would also allow usb and hdmi moduals to be put in an external type housing. Now personally I wouldn’t want to fit this to an outside wall or anything like that but think it’s a good idea when it comes to dew on equipment when obsy is open to the elements while in use. This took all of 2 mins to modify and envolves no cutting or changes to the integrity of the housing.
  6. Welcome back, I’m just back into the Astro hobby myself and have been amazed by the new equipment and software available. The amount of knowledge on here is great so ask anything you want someone’s bound to know the answer ?
  7. I’ll be ordering one in next few weeks for my pier mounted set up. For a permanent setup most would argue it’s a waste but Im getting one to allow me to take my mount off for more regular greasing and checking. I think if everyone on here is honest with themselves they probably own at least £270 kit of they didn’t NEED but brought anyway because it makes this sometimes frustrating hobby a bit easier.
  8. That’s a great idea never looked at anything like this based on price. But that’s cheap really for what it is and probably around the same as making it from wood. Thanks for attaching the pic ????
  9. Morning everyone, Looking for some examples or ideas of a box/boxes mounted to the pier to house control pc and cabling etc.I’m going to make this from wood and currently like the simple idea of 4 boxes screwed around the pier but would Love to see some examples of how people have tackled this challenge, thanks in advance ?
  10. Received the second small pc last Friday and over the weekend I’ve managed to get Remote Desktop working between the two new pc’s downloaded the software I’m going to need all ready to go. I have a week off next week so will start the cable runs to the pier from the garage and will post some progress pics for those interested.?
  11. Good luck mate, I’m now re starting my obsy build after taking the original down. Just some quick advice For this build would be take your time you’re waited along time for this and it will probably cost more than you plan. I built a great observatory (ROR) and then made all my mistakes on the connections and internal layout part. Cheap cables are not your friend,forget any kind of usb repeater cables and if your going to have a pc permanently set up in the obsy keep it as close to the pier and mount as possible to avoid long cable runs. USB hubs are a pain so if you have to have one spend the money on a decent one that’s powered (Startech). Please don’t think I. Being negative just I had to learn the hard way and like yourself I waited along while to build an obsy only to be disappointed because I tried to cut corners on the budget when it came to the connections. Again good luck and I look forward to seeing this progress.?
  12. I wonder if you made the same mistake I did. The old hi tech Astro modual required you to change the setting in windows to not auto search for drivers for devices. After 2 hours of stressing I remembered this I changed the setting to (let windows automatically search for the best drivers) it installed right away and worked instantly.
  13. I have been away from astronomy for nearly 2 years because of nights like this so I totally get how this make you want to explode. I struggled many times to get everything working usb cables,hubs and eq direct controller it’s was always something playing havoc. But when I got things working the work flow I followed was this. I can’t promise this is right but it actually worked for me. Note I have an Obsy so I’m already polar aligned. open CDC connect to the mount pick a star slew mount to that ,it will probably be a way off Next move mount with eq mod controls to center star in view and sync repeat again on another star in another direction and sync now you have a mount that knows where it and the stars are next I went to the telescope connection in CDC and press the disconnect button and note that the green box that says tracking stays green. next open PhD and connect to your mount and camera get the guide camera going and focused for the stars in view ( I used 2 second exposure loop) next pick a star That’s nice and bright and click on it lastly click the guide button in phd and it should start to do the calibration and once finished it should start to guide. once you have this bit working then you can worry about the pictures side of things. I really wished when I first started I had gone out with the idea of just getting the rig guiding and not setting myself up for disappointment thinking I was going to go out And actually get some pictures. Please note : I only disconnected from the telescope in CDC because that’s what worked for me at the time I’m sure someone will tell you of a way of not having to do this and I hope they do as I would love to know myself.
  14. Like the look of this software very much,even when I tried to process the data I have captured over only a few sessions I’ve been totally unable to get anything like a recognisable coloured image. After watching a few videos on this software just now it seems very suited to getting you an image quickly as well as offering further more in depth processing.I would say that anyone who is new to processing like myself would be me much more inclined to see processing as fun if right from the go you have an image that’s even close to looking like the object you we’re imaging.?
  15. So today a few bits have started to arrive and I’ll share a few pics and details. Today I got the armoured Ethernet cable, patch leads,and rackmount Ethernet switch. The new pier pc has arrived as well and I am very happy with it see attached pic with dvd case for size comparison. Switched it on set up and from the specs will have without a doubt more than enough processing power to do what I need. I have enclosed a pic of the armoured cat6 ethernet cable to show the diameter with calipers for those who might be interested or if you have existing conduit that you might want to put this through. Bigest bonus from today has been that the pier pc is a slightly higher spec than I though, this is mostly down to the fact that as there’s will be no monitor plugged into it I didn’t really concern myself with the connections display wise and it turns out this can run two maybe 3 monitors. This means I am going to scrap my basic pc I intended to use in the garage and buy another of these to use as the control pc in the garage warm room. Thats about it for today while my wallet recovers I’ll be doing some more measurements outside and planning to make sure I have worked everything out right. As promised I will update as things arrive and post as many useful pics as possible but I’m not going to rush this time so feel free to as questions or coment if you see me about to anything I’ve missed? Armoured Ethernet cable,Ethernet switch and pier mounted pc ???
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