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Posts posted by daz

  1. From memory - it has been a while since I used mine - you don't set the guide rate, at least I don't ever remember doing so (but again, it has been a while since I used mine!)

    The exposure time is the exposure time of the guide star. The longer this exposure, the brighter the stars will be but the risk is that your target has drifted too far. 

    MX RA = Max RA - the maximum correction that PHD2 will send to the mount - even if the calculated time is more than 2500ms (2.5s), it will be capped to this.


    I came across this wile trying to remember about the guide rate... http://www.octanslab.com/2018/09/01/phd2-guiding-with-star-adventurer-mount/

    Will be useful for myself too!!



  2. Hi all

    On 15th July, I'll do a session on Sequence Generator Pro - predominantly aimed at new users for this first session, but if you have any specific questions you'd like me to look at and cover, I'd be happy to...

    I'll aim to do:

    • Overview of the interface / menu options
    • Profiles - User and Equipment
    • Connecting equipment
    • Set up a basic sequence

    But happy to be steered by you all!


    I'll then aim to do a 2nd session where we can look at things like plate solving, auto-focusing, framing and mosaic wizard, multiple targets etc. - or again, whatever you you would like!


    Wednesday 15th July 2020 7:30 PM BST. As usual it will be recorded!

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  3. Have been reading Peter's website this morning - Looking forward to this immensely!


    While I'm here, were going to do the Q&A a little differently tonight...

    We'll give you the opportunity ask your question, rather than Grant or I do it. We did it for Mark and Ian's talk on Wednesday last, and it worked quite well!

    So, what we're suggesting is:

    • Ask your question in Chat as normal - so we can see who has a question
    • If you are not able to ask it yourself, or prefer not to, put a *N at the end, and then we'll know to ask it for you
    • We'll click a button when it's time, and then Zoom will pop up a notice saying "the host wants you to unmute"
    • Click on that and away you go!


    See you all tonight!


  4. Hi all

    These are all great suggestions and many, many thanks for them all!!

    We have a couple of ideas on how we can approach these - bear with us as we work through the practicalities of them!


    And don't stop suggesting!! :D

  5. 42 minutes ago, barkis said:

    Well, we couldn't wish for a better start than Steve R. and Nik S. The first two 
    showings have been superb, and illustrated just  how valuable this  system is,
    and how much more so it is going to be.  
    Thanks in no small measure must also go to the architects of StarGaZine.
    Grant, Steve G, and others, not forgetting Master of ceremonies Daz.
    I'm sure more recruits will sign up as a result of this. I would hope so.
    There must be many more budding Astronomers out there just needing a nudge.

    Aw shucks, you old smoothie!!

    Hope you and Mrs B are well, Ron!


  6. Thanks to everyone that attended - really great talk from Nik and some interesting questions that will lead to future workshops/talks!


    For those that need the links:

    Affinity Photo - Currently on sale for £23.99, with a huge 90 day trial - https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/

    Nik's Webpage - http://www.ccdland.net/

    Nik's Flikr stream - https://www.flickr.com/photos/36672102@N07/

    Nik's book Shooting Stars II - https://shop.astronomynow.com/product/shooting-stars-2/

    (Note, the page says 2nd edition, but Nik assured us it was a version 2, a complete update)



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  7. Yep, you read it right...

    I have an AZ3 type tripod - the 3 section aluminium sliding type, and one of the plastic clamps has broken.

    So if you too have a similarly broken mount, or even a spare leg, I'd be happy to give it a new home!


    Let me know


  8. Hi all

    Please use this thread for any suggestions you would like to see for future talks.

    Imaging is clearly going to be a popular subject, so we are working on putting together a whole suit of workshops and talks relating to all aspects of imaging, including post processing - Stacking, Aligning, Stretching, Nose Reduction, etc..  We're also looking at Planetary/Lunar imaging/processing as well.


    We're really keen to hear from Observers , so we can use the platform to reach out to all astronomers. Traditional observers, Bino-viewers or binocular users, solar projectionists, sketchers - done any eye piece comparisons you'd like to share? We really do want to hear from you!


    Over to you!

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