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  1. Welcome to the new electronically enhanced visual astronomy or, EEVA section on SGL Over the past few years, a number of new avenues of amateur astronomy have developed: video astronomy, live stacking, night vision and others. There has been lots of debate and discussion on what to call these, where they belong and how they are defined. Unfortunately this has often led to conflict, disagreements and entrenchment. SGL wants to encourage these new forms of astronomy, we believe they are going to be hugely important areas and want to help foster and grow the techniques, methods and equipment used. We also want to recognise that some of these techniques are 'different' to traditional visual observing and could cause confusion or unrealistic expectations for people reading topics if they weren't aware of the equipment being used to help enhance the views. They are also different to traditional imaging which is why we feel they deserve their own areas and recognition within the community. As such, we have coined the new phrase: EEVA or EVA which stands for: electronically enhanced visual astronomy. We hope this offers a catchy acronym which can be embraced by the community and used to describe these techniques and methods and give them their own area of SGL which we hope to foster and grow to become as important as the existing observing and imaging sections. We are open to feedback and suggestions but hope, after a pause of reflection you will see we are trying to do something good here, for the right reasons. Thanks, Grant on behalf of the SGL admin and mod team.
  2. Not sure on solar system stuff - will have a look tonight (hoping it's going to be clear here!). I've never used the ASIair for planetary stuff because the frame rate is to low being USB 2.0, it really is more for deep sky objects. If you want to use Sky Safari, then you will need to use the handset and either the serial cable that comes with the ASIair plus a serial to rj11 cable that comes with the handset (in theory..) or this cable, which does the job of both: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-mount-accessories/lynx-astro-ftdi-usb-to-serial-adapter-for-sky-watcher-handsets-5m.html Or, if you have the newer v5 Sky-Watcher handset, these have a USB port on so you can connect directly to the ASIair.
  3. Have you installed the EQ mode firmware on the GTi mount?
  4. Hi Helen - I used the Lynx Astro EQmod cable with the AZ-GTi directly to the mount, with no handset. I didn't use any extra software other than the ASIair software - I used that to set time / date / location and choose objects. You cannot currently use Sky Safari when using the EQmod option in ASIair as Sky Safari cannot talk directly to the mount in this way - hopefully they will change this in the future.
  5. The powerseeker and inspire models are new so probably few or no reviews for these yet so if you wanted to do something that’s not been covered to much before, these would probably be good choices...
  6. To kick things off, as a new user to Pixinsight I'm curious how people have Pixinsight setup on their computers? Do you have a load of toolbox icons setup for your particular workflow? Any specific things about how you configure Pixinsight to display on your screen? A screenshot would be great
  7. Grant

    Save the Date

    More details to be announced within the next couple of weeks but, the venue will be Lucksall Caravan Park, Herefordshire and the dates will be: Main Weekend: Friday 1st November - Sunday 3rd November Star Party: Thursday 31st October - Thursday 7th November - for those who want to arrive a bit earlier or stay longer.
  8. The ASIair cannot currently do 'live stacking' but it will certainly display the most recent exposure you have taken with colour if using a OSC camera. I believe 'live stacking' and other EAA features have been requested so hopefully will be added in future updates to the ASIair app - it really is developing extraordinarily quickly and the developers are very responsive and committed to the product.
  9. Not that I know of because the body of the right angled version is significantly shorter to account for the distance taken up by the right angled part and mirror.
  10. The theme for the 24th challenge - March 2019 - is Android vs iOS! Start Date: 1st March 2019 End Date: 31st May 2019 Rules: The theme this time is 'Android vs iOS' - all images must be captured using an Android or iOS device but anything astro related goes! Single shots, stacks, videos, animations, whatever you like Prize: A personalised mug for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places featuring your image kindly provided by our sponsors FLO and a virtual trophy for your signature. -- RULES All data must be captured and processed by you (no collaborative entries). Data must be captured during the challenge start & end dates. Multiple entries are allowed but please start a new topic for each entry. Multiple submissions of the same image, processed differently, will not be accepted. -- To enter please start a new topic with your image in the ‘Imaging Challenge #24' forum (each challenge will have it’s own). Please post as much information as possible - when it was taken, how it was captured and processed, etc. The info won't necessarily be used for judging but will help fellow SGLers looking to learn and improve their knowledge and technique.
  11. It was me you were talking to - we are discussing this among the moderation team. I think I suggested: Video & Live Viewing Astronomy (EAA). This seemed to cover most of the permutations? We are open to changing the name if it broadens the appeal but, we don't want to get caught in some of the infighting that seems to happen with this side of astronomy particularly when it comes down to what to call it.
  12. A close contest for the top spots this time - some beautiful images, thanks everybody for taking part! The Charioteer rides forth! By MartinB Orion over the woods By davew Orion over the Mill By Cjg
  13. Thanks Owen - I will drop you a PM as soon as it's confirmed.
  14. You should be able to post in the SGL star party forum? There isn't one setup for the 2019 SP yet though. Dates / details should be announced early next week. A few of us are visiting Lucksall this weekend to finalise details ? When do you need details by?
  15. I'm the biggest fan of the ASIair, it has totally transformed my astrophotography, my process is now to carry the mount loaded with scope / cameras everything outside, roughly point North and plug it in. From then onwards I do everything through the ASIair on my iPad and it all just works. Gone are the days of messing around with drivers, software etc.. (bearing in mind, I'm a techy and messing around with software is what I do much of the day but when I'm doing astrophotography I want to be capturing photons, not messing with software!) it also makes cabling and power much, much simpler. I think I've done more astrophotography in the past 2-3 weeks largely thanks to the ASIair than I have in the last 2-3 years! It just makes everything so much easier. My experience is based on the combination of GTi mount, EQ6 mount, ASI160MC-Pro, ASI294MC-Pro, ASI178MM and an ASI120 mini.
  16. Had my four port version in action most of last night - four dew straps plugged in plus 12v power to the mount and 12v to the camera cooler, didn't skip a beat ?
  17. Wow - some absolute stonkers this time. A very clear winner but we had a lot of trouble separating 2nd and 3rd PK 104-29.1 a.k.a. Jones 1 and WD 2333+310 By Petergoodhew M1 - same Crab nebula. With the dob's tube. By alexbb NGC 1514 - The Crystal Ball Nebula By Petergoodhew Cat's Eye Nebula (NGC 6543) By Shibby
  18. Thanks everyone who took the time to vote - some excellent choices for the 2018 imaging challenge awards! Congratulations to the winners below Moonlit Caldera by James davew - Ladybower Skies Colourful Moon by MoonBoy129
  19. This and #19 will be officially announced tomorrow. #20 is being judged at the moment so will be announced early next week.
  20. Grant

    Hi all!

    Welcome to SGL Vicki
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