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Everything posted by Grant

  1. ZWO cameras and devices only but I believe DSLR support is being added soon.
  2. No polar alignment features in the ASIair yet, but I believe some are planned. I used a StellarMate prior to the ASIair but found the tablet / phone app for the ASIair far superior for control then having to use VNC to remote on to the PI. I thought ZWO recommended their USB3.0 cameras on windows because the driver for their USB3.0 cameras works better on newer versions of Windows? For long exposure work, USB2.0 is absolutely fine and as this is what the ASIair is intended for, I've not noticed any problems - download times take a few seconds but it's not a major issue and during focusing it loops much quicker.
  3. I think the pencilled in dates are the 31st October - 3rd November weekend. I have a feeling there was a reason we had to go for those dates and not the earlier weekend - I think perhaps another group had the rally field booked or it's half term? I am awaiting confirmation from Lucksall of details so hope to get things announced and tickets on sale in the next couple of weeks.
  4. Yes - the December release added dithering.
  5. I'm still having a lot of fun with this little gadget and with each software update, it gets better and better. With wishful thinking on Sunday I was getting things setup for the Lunar eclipse and I was running out of power supplies for the ASIair, and it occurred to me - why don't I plug it in to the back of the ASI1600 where there is a powered USB hub? This worked a treat so meant the ASI1600 was plugged into the ASIair and the ASIair's power input was plugged into the ASI1600's USB hub - saving me some cables and made for quite a neat setup. Had a good night getting my little grab and go setup setup Wednesday which has proved the concept so I just need a proper long night of clear skies to get some real data and a better method of polar alignment as I cannot see Polaris from my garden
  6. The SGL discount ended almost 8 years ago - there’s a thread that explains it here:
  7. Aligning and tracking are two different things - tracking will depend more on accurate polar alignment than anything else. The Starsense is predominantly designed to help with automating alignment by doing it for you - this saves time and effort and can also improve the accuracy of your alignment. It does have polar alignment routines built in but these need to be done as a separate stage after the alignment has finished. If your issue is the tracking ability though and you simply want to improve your polar alignment then there are potentially better / cheaper methods out there that are worth exploring like the PoleMaster of, if you have your own guiding setup you could look at the Polar Alignment routines in things like https://www.sharpcap.co.uk/ Pro - that way you aren't buying additional hardware just for polar alignment.
  8. Congratulations on the new release!
  9. Possibly but it should tell you if it's doing anything like that. Maybe post them as multiple replies within that topic? I can't think why else it wouldn't work.
  10. Nice one JOC! I think there are a few missing though - I counted 23 in the thread and think there is 38 in the vote.
  11. It certainly would if somebody has some time and wants to volunteer to put such a thread together
  12. The voting has been extended until the end of the month as only a handful of people have voted so far.
  13. If you are connecting it to a Sky-Watcher ED80 then it will directly attach to the focuser (you'll need to unscrew the eyepiece clamp already at the end of the focuser first). You only need the adapter Peter is linking to if you are using a non-standard focuser on your ED80 that doesn't have these threads so you can then attach it as you would any other 2" accessory.
  14. The theme for the 22nd challenge - January 2019 - is the Christmas Present Challenge! Start Date: 25th December 2018 End Date: 31st March 2019 Rules: A bit of New Year festive fun. This time the challenge is to image with, through, via, using, in conjunction with anything you were given for Christmas Something you gave yourself for Christmas also counts! Please let us know in the image description what item(s) were used. 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 #22' 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.
  15. Perfect! That's exactly what I need and will work perfectly, thanks Peter ? Locking this thread now.
  16. Does anybody have an image of this we can use for this months imaging challenge banner? The theme is going to be Christmas related... Thanks, Grant
  17. To celebrate all of the great imaging challenge winners and runners up this year we wanted to give everyone the chance to pick their favourite image of the year This includes the tail end of 2017 as well where the winners were announced in 2018. The winner will get a special badge in their signature and the glory of being the favourite SGL image of the year! Everyone gets one vote - votes end 31st January at 23:59 and results will be posted shortly after. As a recap, here are the winner announcement for each challenge:
  18. Big tip is to swap the saddle clamp knob on the wedge for an M8 bolt instead as otherwise the GTi mount fouls on the know as it rotates - lost an evening because of this! ? I’ve not solved the polar alignment issue yet as I’m using an ASIair and cannot see Polaris from my location. I’m hoping the ASIair will have a polar alignment feature soon. Alternarively you could use a pole master or even sharp cap pro with your guide camera?
  19. Stunning! It's nice to see such a closeup shot of this target - used to seeing it with M82. The extra detail is really impressive!
  20. This challenge wasn't as popular as others so we are looking at other challenge ideas to get more people involved. Some excellent entries though and some very worthy winners! Well done all NGC 5139 By Adry Messier 15 by Laurin Dave M22 By Adry
  21. I never trust the auto-detect com port on these things - for whatever reason, they never seem to work for me or pick the correct com port!
  22. Windows 10 will likely auto install the cable - look under device manager and see if it shows up under ports.. if it does then it’s working
  23. Some truly stunning entries and winners this time - absolutely amazing what can be done with afocal imaging! Comet 21P / Giacobini-Zinner by Smisy Orion by Gavstar Moonrise in Alps by Smisy Well done everybody! Apologies for the delay in announcing this...
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