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geminijk

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  1. So I thought the purpose of EAA was to not have any post-processing but to basically show the pictures as they appeared "live" on the screen? If you process in PixInsight, or any other program really, doesn't this then qualify as astrophotography? John
  2. Pleased (sort of) to update that I'm back observing. I wiped out the Mac, installed a fresh copy of Sierra, and I'm back working. Would love to know what combination of updates or programs, etc causes the problem, but for now, I'm keeping things very vanilla so that I can share the universe. Nothing beats this program btw as far as I'm concerned, that is why I am willing to wipe out my Mac just to get this working again. john
  3. Being hard on Paul? Look, Paul has done a PHENOMENAL JOB with Lodestar Live and StarLight Live. In fact such a fantastic job, that if the program stops working, its devastating to someone like me that relies on it simply to observer, that is all i'm saying. I'm going to actually try and just wipe clean and start fresh. I'm not sure what was updated, since I only updated to Sierra as a possible FIX for the issue with SLL and it didn't work. I'll keep the folks posted here, as I know of at least 1 other person with this issue, so I'm not alone. John
  4. My 3.3 version now keeps crashing on start up! I just updated the log on a similar issue on the BitBucket site. I'm extremely concerned about this program now, as I don't see any updates there on that site since April 2017!! I'm so incredibly disappointed, as I consistently speak highly of this program, and the LSX2 on blogs, forums, podcast etc and now its just not working. I have been restoring my Mac and it worked fine for 2 sessions. Now it won't start. This happened one time before, and from the logs it seemed it was related to the FITS directory and it was a fix for me to get working by simply starting up the program after I ensured the directory was valid. Now I have no clue. Attached my log file here, actually the crash report. I wanted so bad to be on NSN, now this. I'm considering just loading up Windows on bootcamp, but honestly I love SkySafari and its what I use to control the scope. Just hate to part with it, and of course have a nice Mac sitting there doing well, nothing. John Starlight Live Error Sierra.docx
  5. My 3.3 version now keeps crashing on start up! I just updated the log on a similar issue on the BitBucket site. I'm extremely concerned about this program now, as I don't see any updates there on that site since April 2017!! I'm so incredibly disappointed, as I consistently speak highly of this program, and the LSX2 on blogs, forums, podcast etc and now its just not working. I have been restoring my Mac and it worked fine for 2 sessions. Now it won't start. This happened one time before, and from the logs it seemed it was related to the FITS directory and it was a fix for me to get working by simply starting up the program after I ensured the directory was valid. Now I have no clue. Attached my log file here, actually the crash report. I wanted so bad to be on NSN, now this. I'm considering just loading up Windows on bootcamp, but honestly I love SkySafari and its what I use to control the scope. Just hate to part with it, and of course have a nice Mac sitting there doing well, nothing. John Starlight Live Error Sierra.docx
  6. That is great color! Very nice. John
  7. The Horizon is going to give you a very wide FOV, more than the Ultrastar, and you may want or need a corrector for the newt, but good thing is they usually aren't very expensive. The Horizon will also have cooling. Now, I have not had experience with a cooled vs. uncooled camera directly, but what I have read is if your keeping the exposures down to say a minute, cooling isn't necessary. "Necessary" is the opinion of course of other video astronomy folks, so it depends on the eye of the beholder. For my EAA, I try and stick with the shortest possible exposures, most 30-45 sec, from time to time to 60, and rarely up to 180-240. I love SLL (have the LSX2) and have not used Infinity, but it looks impressive. I have used my SLL/LSX2 for a few years now, and here in TN it can get very hot and humid, but I really haven't been turned off by any of the views I get w/o cooling on my particular setup, but again I try to stick with 15-60sec stacked exposures. So all that said, I myself would go for the Horizon. Why? You seem to be concerned about the noise, and cooling should help IMO even on modest exposures. Another benefit to cooling is you have the option of using the camera for long exposure AP, or with the newer OSC dual-band or tri-band filters coming on the market, its a nice option to have. Option 2 - Get a Atik 414EX (I think that is the model) which is basically the Infinity w/cooling, and you can use it now with the Infinity software. Thats just my 2 cents...good luck and enjoy either way you go! John
  8. Galaxies were never something I really observed, until electronically assisted observing came along and now i use the LSx2 to view almost any I choose! Galaxies are great, and you have some nice grabs there. Well done! john
  9. Wonderful sketches! Thanks for posting up.. john
  10. geminijk

    Lodestar Live

    Shots imaged with the Lodestar X2 Mono and Lodestar LIVE
  11. You continue to impress as usual! Thanks for sharing. John K.
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