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JimS

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  1. Here's a thread I started some time ago detailing my battery box. Yes you are right - I have connected up some cigarette lighter style sockets for use with the battery. http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/164296-leisure-battery-box/
  2. In my experience leisure batteries are the way to go. They might weigh a tonne but they will power you all night flawlessly and are fine to be drained and recharged. Mine has close to 100Ah of capacity and I have run my GOTO, Laptop, DSLR and dew heaters for over four hours with no issues.
  3. No worries. Should be in a position to get my grubby mitts on one early next year hopefully. for the moment i'm just irritated because the PS3 cam I have seems to be pretty poor compared to others. However the comment regarding two 'types' is interesting.
  4. Quick stupid question but does the eyecam save the preview frames to memory? Would this cause a crash?
  5. I've not downloaded / used the SDK. I managed to SharpCap to adjust the framerate and therefore exposure time but obviously this is useless when the noise is there. Is there anyway of telling if the camera is good/bad from a model no? Is it just blind luck?
  6. Hi Cath That's not really an option at the moment as I can't really afford one. There have been some cracking results from PS3 eye cameras, I just seem to be missing something.....! Cheers anyway.
  7. Had one of those nights you would rather forget last night. Managed to get a good polar alignment approximation through my polarscope, and got everything set up and then it seemed to go wrong from there. Couldn't even get my CGEM to align and calibrate properly even though I have done it many times before, just didn't seem to want to play. Gave up in the end and just manually drove to targets. Then the main issue started arising with the PS3 camera that I have acquired. The camera seemed very, very noisy and I still couldn't seem to find any but the very brightest stars ie Vega, Capella. What sort of settings are people using for the PS3 camera; is there a routine to go through such as setting it up in camera software first before opening PHD. Then my laptop kept crashing out about a minute after turning on the PS3 camera. It did it in PHD, SharpCap and the PS£ driver program. Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks for any help.
  8. Cheers for responses. I've got a PS3 camera for under £5 on eBay. Will give this a go. Presumably once the windows drivers are installed PHD will see it as a standard webcam?
  9. ********** PLEASE DELETE THREAD *************** I've created a new thread in getting started in imaging.
  10. Didnt seem to get any response in discussion so I have added this thread to Getting Started - I have done a little bit of manual guiding using my Logitech webcam through a StarTravel 80, but this has been imaging Orion Nebula where there is an easy bright guide star to use. Last night, I tried to venture further and have a go at other targets such as Pinwheel galaxy and Whirlpool Galaxy. Both times I could not find a guide star at all through the webcam using SharpCap. I was initially going to use this as a test and then have a go at using PHD for the first time, however gave up as I just couldn't find a guide star and just did a couple of 30 second unguided images. The webcam can pick up brighter stars such as Capella and Procyon (used these as part of my alignment process) but really seems to struggle on anything else, even with frame rate, exposure and gain pushed as far as they'll go. Would PHD be able to push the exposure of the webcam to be able to pick up stars or am I going to struggle from the outset? If so is there a cheap(?!) entry level guide cam available out there that someone could recommend? Cheers Jim
  11. Hello all, I have done a little bit of manual guiding using my Logitech webcam through a StarTravel 80, but this has been imaging Orion Nebula where there is an easy bright guide star to use. Last night, I tried to venture further and have a go at other targets such as Pinwheel galaxy and Whirlpool Galaxy. Both times I could not find a guide star at all through the webcam using SharpCap. I was initially going to use this as a test and then have a go at using PHD for the first time, however gave up as I just couldn't find a guide star and just did a couple of 30 second unguided images. The webcam can pick up brighter stars such as Capella and Procyon (used these as part of my alignment process) but really seems to struggle on anything else, even with frame rate, exposure and gain pushed as far as they'll go. Would PHD be able to push the exposure of the webcam to be able to pick up stars or am I going to struggle from the outset? If so is there a cheap(?!) entry level guide cam available out there that someone could recommend? Cheers Jim
  12. Buy direct from Europe. With the exchange rate at the moment it is closer to £100.
  13. Sorry but can't help you here. I have a 450D and don't seem to get that error. Older camera maybe?
  14. Thanks again William. As soon as you mentioned the blue levels in my Orion I figured that must be the issue with the Jupiter shots. This was my first attempt using DSLR video option but obviously would help to get my white balance sorted next time. I also had a go with my webcam as well. 1,000 frames taken and stacked using AutoStekkart.
  15. Right. Had another go with my stacked file and followed Oddsocks immensely helpful tutorial and here is what I managed to come up with.
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