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  1. It might be good to set a budget and work from there.

    I am very happy with the last laptop I bought (once I dumped W 8.1) a Toshiba C 50 and the one before gave good service (still is in fact) Acer Aspire on W 7.


    Never thought to mention a budget, but that's pretty flexible to an limit of about £400 I think, that may be a lot more than I need

  2. Hi all

    I posted another thread about any programs that would with a Mac. However I've decided to go the opposite way and I'd like to buy a laptop that I can use Windows on, so I can use all the programs I'm familiar with.

    All that will be required of the laptop is to use sharpcap, startrails, registax, DSS, PIPP, and a couple more programs if I need them. It needs to be able to handle big avi files and have the power to stack a shed load of star trails pictures.

    Any help would be lovely!



  3. Ah, well, in that case all the ZWO cameras are supported by oaCapture on OSX.  There can be some niggly issues with the USB2 ASI120 models but I don't believe they're insurmountable.


    now I've actually had problems with the usb2 ports on the old laptop, wouldn't work with them at all but if as you say the software works on mac i shouldn't have a problem 

  4. For stacking there is Lynkeos, though I think that could do with a bit of work to bring it up-to-date, and there is also Siril.  Siril will build on OSX and I have built a binary that should install on all 64-bit releases of OSX, but it's a bit ugly.  I'll be having another attempt at that when the next release is available.

    With reference to the OP's question about capture, I see you appear to have an SPC900.  I'm afraid oaCapture doesn't currently support the SPC900 on anything but Linux (because Linux supports it in the kernel).  It's not beyond the bounds of possibility that I could write a user-space driver for the camera on OSX, but thus far there have always been other parts of the application that need working on and there don't seem to be that many people wanting to use the SPC900 on a Mac :)


    I've had a ZWO Imaging camera now, just not updated what equipment I'm using on here haha my bad 

  5. hi all

    i recently bought a mac book, and being me i forgot to actually check what software was compatible for it, software for stacking and planet imaging etc.

    it seems all the software i used on the old laptop such as deep sky stacker, sharp cap registax etc are all window based so can't use them on the mac.

    does anyone know of any software that i can use on the mac, or suggest a small laptop that i can get just for imaging and processing my pictures etc



  6. If you can capture the image, I will happily add the spikes to a specific star for you using StarSpikes Pro from Noel Carboni. However, your friend's nominated star may be very dim which could be problematic!

    Here is a down and dirty example:-


    she didn't give me the info of the location of the star in time for me to get any pictures, but if i do eventually manage to get a picture would you mind if i drop you a message so you can sort it for me? it would be a massive help



  7. hi all

    I'm heading to a star party soon and i got my friend a star named after her for her birthday, as I've said ill try and get a picture of it i was thinking the best way for her to always know which star it is was to add some diffraction spikes to it.

    however i haven't a clue how to do it, so does anyone know any software that can do it?

    note i don't have photoshop so plug ins won't really work

    any help would be brilliant, id hate to let her down.



  8. I have just got a Lunt 50 B600 and as Ian says I find that the Etalon tuning is very sensitive. A slightly different tuning is required to differentiate between peripheral and surface detail during observation. However my first and only DSLR image so far with it did show both surface detail and big proms.

    I was told i couldnt use a dslr with it, how you got that set up?

  9. Hi all!

    Ive just come back from Astrocamp in Cwmdu wales. 

    after getting help with my new lunt 50 ive got my first picture. its nothing amazing but its mine and im buzzing after the trouble i had when i first got the scope.

    however i would like to know if theres another way i have to image to get the prominences. as they didnt appear on the screen when the sun was focused, the surface detail did but no proms.

    is it a case of increasing exposure just to get the proms? or is more sensative equipment needed, i use a ZWO ASI120MC camera



  10. Ah sounds like there is not enough inwards travel, edge should go sharp, no sharp edge means not in focus. Have a look at this thread here: does that help?


    you may have solved it for me. on the link you posted, the fourth picture down shows the camera screwed to the B600, i had my camera with the eyepiece adapter on like i normally would for planet imaging, ill go give it a try now!

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  11. hey all

    im trying my new lunt 50mm out right now, qith my ZWOASi120MC. has anyone got any tips on imaging?, im unsure if the sun is focused or not. should i be able to see detail on the disc and the edge if the sun is focused or does that come out in processing?

    any help would be a very much appreciated



  12. Hi all

    I've taken delivery of my new Lunt 50mm, but for viewing I would like a proper eyepiece.

    I'm looking at the Lunt 8mm eyepiece as it seems to give a good field of view, or that's what the picture on the first light optics website suggests. Do I need a eyepiece that gives a bigger field of view? Or is it just personal preference?



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