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  1. Dont need it Shirva- I enjoyed getting the picture on screen (actual started after first 2 60secs frames stacked). Still thats EAA/live viewing for me! And not with kit likely to break the Bank - Bresser short frac 127/635,Second hand Canon 100d astro mod,APT,Astrotoaster and all done remotely - so the screen print was from the remote end (RDP screen). Not done for the picture/comments but to make people think on a different route(one of many) in Astro viewing Thanks Shirva
  2. Ram , Ram and more Ram - without having a SSD (Solid State Drive) drive then 8GB thats the least. 64bit if poss and as many USB ports (min 4). If you are doing the post processing on a desktop then the second will be fine. If you are Platesolving then having a SSD drive would be better as its all about reading lots of data. Having said that until recently I was using an old Vista based Amd dual core 32bit 4gb and it ran fine most of the time with CDC,Ascom,EQMOD,APT(or BYEOS) and processing the output on a desktop as per your suggestion. Never had a problem with any AMD machine with Windows end of.
  3. Alternative for Mac is THESKYX which has "plate solving" (Goto/blind etc) but not sure which edition its in - In Theskyx plate solving its called (WHY ??) "Imaging Linking" and "Closed Loop Slews" - haven't used it myself but many love it (each to their own) Dont know why Astrotortilla isn't on Mac - you need Unix to run it on Windows (CGYWIN) and Mac is Unix based.
  4. Using something like Ispy (security software - was free?) and setting it up to capture motion detection with a large saving of time-lapse before and after the event should work. You will have to play with settings to make sure you can detect stars correctly.
  5. Hi - I do nearly everything remotely (except remove the roof and switch power on). I would not ,imho, try and send video over IP - too expensive and uses too many resources. As already mention use remote desktop software(RDS) which will show your better half everything she would she from the obs. Depending on your version of windows (home ,pro etc) you will already have a viewer and maybe a server version of Windows RDS(the bit that runs on the HP in the obs). IMHO I would not,if possible, connect to the HP in the Obs Wirelessly but lay an outside quality RJ45/Ethernet cable from your Obs to your house(subject to 100m limit). If you don't have one already I would install a simple Ethernet Switch(1000mb min) in the Obs to which you connect the House to Obs rj45 cable and the HP Obs laptop. Once this is done you should be able to "see" the HP from the house PC/Mac/Smart TV etc - subject to your Windows settings (firewall,file sharing settings) . You then just use/install the RDP (whichever you choose Teamviewer,RDP,RealVNC,VNC etc) software to create a server end (HP Obs) / Client (house PC) end. Its not too bad to do and does mean you can be nice and warm and show your wife what you are up too! Clear Skies !
  6. Screen print of live stack - seeing not good and Mr B coming up
  7. You are correct in all you say - I forget I am fully automated and haven't used a hand controller ,eye piece or a view finder for 2 yrs now - beats being cold ! Hope you find your own method - as one size does not fit all in Astro !
  8. "The go-to on my mount is not very accurate" - Assuming you use the EQ mode of your AZ-EQ5,why not use Plate solving attached to your mount such as Astrotortilla (local none networked version of which places the object dead centre 8 out of 10 times. I use Plate solving ,via APT/EOS , and can find and centre any object within 60s. Also to improve ,if needed , your accuracy perhaps you need to Polar Align (if you dont already do it). Sharpcap has a fine Polar Alignment routine and even at the non free price of £10 is still cheaper than "other" forms of Polar alignment kit and just as accurate - only takes 1-2mins and if your mount is fixed you dont need to do it every time. The AZ-EQ5 should be easily up to the job. Good luck with whatever route you take. I shall be following your reducer on reducer reports. Clear Skies !
  9. Jim , Didn't you have an Hyperstar fitted to your C6 - dont you use it now - if so why? - Just interested !
  10. 11 x 60sec iso 100 unmod canon 100d Bresser 635/127 - images were saved actual live views. Before MR Blobby started to rise. actual tif file (12mb) american.tif plus (12mb) ngc6992.tif
  11. Ecuador's statement "Having some experience in iOS development, I can tell you that Apple traditionally goes out its way to make everything hard other than the limited functionality that they want to expose" - as a fellow IT developer this is 100% true unless you want to pay Apple "serious money" for the access privilege - Apple's commercial business plan. Like it or not it works for them as a business. So unless ALL your Astro hardware supplier(s) produce an Apple interface you are stuck(unless someone knows different) using (Wireless) Remote Desktop access to either Windows or Linux Indy - the latter being in a similar boat to Apple but at least they (linux Indy Astro group) are working on changes. But who knows what the future holds !
  12. IMHO - Maybe its because Celestron's marketing department pull the strings ,to persuade you to go for a large AND more expensive OTA - they are a company after profit after all !
  13. Stuart , You say liveview but what about the standard item you see when connect remotely (via the USB a nice PC logo ) surely its any use of the LCD (power being used so causes heat ) or have I missed something here. APT switches liveview off (or so I thought) when you connect remotely unless you ask APT for a Liveview which I think (as I have never tried) it will not take exposures while Liveview is enabled. I know there is a setting on the camera to switch off after x secs which I use to safe battery when I used my canon 100d for normal daylight images.
  14. Just to show I have restacked astrotoaster using just 2 images to give you an idea what I can see after 2 images have been stacked - hope that answers your question Bill