Jump to content

Stargazers Lounge Uses Cookies

Like most websites, SGL uses cookies in order to deliver a secure, personalised service, to provide social media functions and to analyse our traffic. Continued use of SGL indicates your acceptance of our cookie policy.



  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

189 Excellent


About ecuador

  • Rank
    Star Forming

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Stockport, UK
  1. Yeah, the 7Timer service was not getting updates due to NOAA changes. It was fixed sometime yesterday. If you see any problem in the future, PM me so that I am aware and I can fix it if it is a Xasteria issue, or notify 7Timer if it is from that side.
  2. Nice. The darkness view shows fine on a newer phone (Mi Mix 2), but it took me a bit to realise what it was doing without any description on the axes. And how about that portrait view now
  3. In case you want more feedback, you really shouldn't drizzle with a DSLR, except perhaps if you are undersampling and at the same time stacking more than 100 exposures, which is not a common thing. A quick run through Star Tools (typically takes me 10 minutes, similar to the process I describe here) gave me this: It actually took me a few extra minutes as the colour module didn't do as well as it does automatically, because the stars seemed to have a lot CA around them (doesn't look like an APO) which threw it a bit. But overall I think it is nice enough for a quick 10-15 mins of processing.
  4. If you used the image to calibrate your own color information, i.e. find the appropriate curves for each color channel, then I'd say it is fair game. But this image contains data that is not yours. Nobody will mind, but I'd personally say "in this image, Luminosity is my own data".
  5. The main developer, Quan-Zhi Ye is quite responsive usually - with just the timezone mandated turnaround as he is in California and I am in Greece right now - and he already added some wording to make it more obvious what you are supposed to do. I don't use the website since I have the app, but if something is wrong with the site I will forward the report.
  6. I passed it on, the API instructions are already fixed.
  7. Hi. If you click on the map the link to the ASTRO page comes up and it takes you to http://www.7timer.info/index.php?product=astro . As for the API, that's actually a very old link, not sure how it got its way into the current documentation, I'll inform the 7Timer developer. The actual url is "http://7timer.info/bin/astro.php".
  8. v4.0 of Polar Scope Aign was released and while it has a few new features for the main app, Apple Watch users will probably appreciate a complete rewrite of the old extension with many new features, like moon phase, weather etc as seen in these screenshots: Enjoy
  9. I gave a StarTools demonstration at my local astronomy club last year, as I think it is by far the best option for many users - especially beginners or people on a budget. In 15 minutes with StarTools I get what would take me at least an hour in the best case or several hours in the worst with other software. And it is very inexpensive (as well as with a no time-limited demo). There is one caveat, it is completely different than any other software, so the first couple of times you use it it will seem bonkers (especially the first autodev result), even though in reality it is much simpler than other programs - just unusual. That's why I did the live demonstration to get people going. I was supposed to record it and put it up, but of course technology failed me and I made a blog post with step-by-step instructions of a DSLR image processing workflow instead, which has proven quite useful to beginners.
  10. That is a very weird review. They call the 20mm eyepiece a "0.8 inch", they can't see any CA (I like my Equinox a lot, but I am not blind!), they go on to say say the 5x2min shots of the Pleiades and M31 they took with a Canon 300D (and no mention of flattener of course) were the best they had ever taken of these objects... Where, oh where, did they find these reviewers?
  11. I had both the Equinox 80ED and the Evostar 80ED, both ED doublets. I kept the Equinox because of its better focuser and portability, even though it had obviously more CA than the Evostar (same FPL-53 doublet, but shorter focal length). You already have good portability & focuser and since you also have better correction than even the Evostar, the Equinox will be a step down in every way for you. Unless of course you are REALLY set on it, in which case I can gladly trade you my Equinox 80 for your... "lesser" Star 71 On a more serious note, if you want a considerably larger image scale, have you thought about the Altair Wave 115mm Triplet?
  12. The ASI120mm is fine for planets. But if you want colour images you'd have to either shoot through RGB filters or get the colour from a lower quality colour photo (e.g. a from a DSLR) - if you make a layer with the colour image (exactly resized and rotated) above the mono in photoshop and select its blending mode as "colour" you should get a decent result even if the colour photo looks much worse.
  13. The issue is that you need to stack many, many images (several hundred at least) to get around the atmospheric turbulence, which you can't do by taking pictures. As I like to say, you have the best planetary telescope that doesn't break your back. But you will need a planetary camera - if your budget is under £200 and you want color, your best bet would be something like the Altair GPCAM2 IMX224. On a very low budget, a webcam can also do better than single shots with a DSLR. The other option (with quality between the webcam and the planetary as you can see here in a comparison of Saturn on the C9.25) is a Canon 550D or 600D which are the only DSLRs that have a video mode that does not lineskip & resize (making it useless for planetary imaging). Ah, if you tether a Canon with liveView, you can also record the 10x liveview zoom, which is also usable.
  14. I don't suppose there is a chance for a portrait layout? My main phone is an Android, so I still often use Astro Panel, even though Xasteria is designed especially for me in mind
  15. For me the landscape format of that app is a bit annoying (you can tell from the fact I made my app portrait - or both orientations if you have an ipad), but I'd certainly not give negative feedback to a free app for that - or for having downtime beyond its own control But, yeah, hopefully 7Timer should now be reliable with regards to uptime.
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.