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autonm

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  1. Yes that was me on Facebook. Ive kept going with Star Tool videos. Currently working on M45 and then NGC 869 (double cluster) - subscribe would be appreciated.
  2. I made a new video - which walks through the downloading, installing and setup of AstroBerry (astronomy software running on Raspberry Pi) - and then I connect to an HEQ5 and DSLR camera. Nothing to complicated - but its the basics covered. There are a lot of videos out there on using AstroBerry, but not too may walkthroughs on the actual setup. Although Rp and Ab should be simple theres a lot of questions out there just on the setup. Hopefully the video gives people confidence on the first steps and is enough to get them going. https://youtu.be/Bgn3KioAAJ0 Many Thanks - clear skies & if the video is helpful please subscribe.
  3. Please check out my video on Astro Pixel Processor and StarTools combination on M31 - Andromeda. You can use DSS instead of Astro Pixel Processor too.. https://youtu.be/xxkDDLspaiM If you like the video and find it helpful, appreciate a subscribe to the channel
  4. Hi, I'm late to to the post .. but Ive created a video with APP for the stacking and then processing in Star Tools for M31 with the exact same camera that you have. Please let me know if the video was helpful, I'm already working on further objects and workflows via You Tube. So please subscribe to be notified as they appear ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxkDDLspaiM
  5. The thread was really interesting, highlighting progress and help from others.... I know I am late to to the post .. but Ive created a video with APP for the stacking and then processing in Star Tools for M31, which may help you with your processing. Please let me know if the video was helpful, I'm already working on further objects and workflows via You Tube. So please subscribe to be notified as they appear ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxkDDLspaiM
  6. Late to to the post .. but Ive created a video with APP for the stacking and then processing in Star Tools for M31 with the exact same camera that you have. Please let me know if the video was helpful, I'm already working on further objects and workflows via You Tube. So please subscribe to be notified as they appear ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxkDDLspaiM
  7. To be clear - when I say Polar Scope - I mean the small EP that is on the base of the HEQ5, which is used for polar alignment.
  8. Am I doing this wrong ? when polar aligning for my heq5 I find my body bent double looking through the polar scope... or to the point where I have to slide under the scope and sit up... which on a cold / damp night is not comfortable. how do people do this ?? Or do I need to loosen up a bit ?
  9. I read about polar alignment - but if you can use plate solving, or via using Eqmod and say cartes du ciel - so that it knows what object we are pointing at ? (ok a little advanced) but what accuracy do you lose without polar aligning ? thanks.
  10. thanks. So I take it as I am not connected to EQMod while I am polar aligning, I would turn the power off, then manually rotate the mount back to Home Position?
  11. I have a HEQ5 mount & 200p scope. After balancing and levelling everything out, I perform a polar alignment using the polar finder scope built into the HEQ5. As close as possible I place polaris into the some circle in the polar finder. My question is, once done - what should I do next? (using EQASCOM) a) reset the mount back to its Home position? - then connect power and connect to Cartes du Ciel? or do I connect power and connect to Cartes du Ciel? As a next step, would I then begin to slew / align / sync - against a few stars until I feel I am aligned as good as possible? Thanks
  12. Like many others I use DSS to stack my images and then PhotoShop of levels/curves etc. I have read a mix of stack with DSS then save the final dark TIFF image and then tweak within PhotoShop. I have also read stack with DSS, do some minor tweaking to bring out the colour, save and then continue with Photoshop. As mentioned - I have read a mix of the above, but no real explanation of why people do one over the other.... any explanations or thoughts ? .... as a side, whats the difference between tweaking in DSS and then saving the TIFF with changes embedded or applied? - how does PShop handle this when loaded ? Thanks
  13. I use USB repeater cable connected to my laptop in the warmth of the house - on the other end (next to the telescope) a USB hub. Connected is my HEQ5, canon 1100d camera ... all driven in the warmth The only issue I have is that I manually have to focus the camera outside, then carry the laptop indoors once the imaging starts. I am looking into a remote/usb controlled focuser... http://www.firstlightoptics.com/astronomy-cables-leads-accessories/hitecastro-dc-focus-controller.html Once I have this focuser - everything should be indoors
  14. I use USB repeater cable connected to my laptop in the warmth of the house - on the other end (next to the telescope) a USB hub. Connected is my HEQ5, canon 1100d camera ... all driven in the warmth The only issue I have is that I manually have to focus the camera outside, then carry the laptop indoors once the imaging starts. I am looking into a remote/usb controlled focuser... http://www.firstlightoptics.com/astronomy-cables-leads-accessories/hitecastro-dc-focus-controller.html Once I have this focuser - everything should be indoors
  15. This is one of the best replies I have read in a while !! Every point I agree with. First off buy the book 'Making Every Photon Count; - worth its weight in gold and will save you pain and ££ in the future. I started off myself with a 200p Dob (manual mount)... purchased a HEQ5 mount and placed the 200p on it. Using my Canon DSLR 1100d I attached it to my 200p scope. Pictures taken can be found on my website www.mauton.co.uk with that setup. However if your wanting to get into DSO you also need to consider, do you have a laptop? which software have you access too? you you have long extensions into your garden? USB cable extensions if you want to run things from within your house... lots of other questions. 12 months ago I was in the same boat as you however ... read that book !!
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