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AndyKeogh

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  1. I would second this choice as I have been using it very successfully for over 2 years with my canon camera. I use both local solving via Astrotortilla and occasionally nova.astrometry.net. Have a read the whole thread you should find it enlightening. I can now get polar alignment to better than 30" in a couple of iterations. Andy
  2. Hi James and Gav Your timelapses are great and remind me that some good astrophotography can be achieved by capturing the wider picture. How do you covert your stills to a video? James I too have been to the hacienda but never thought to record a time lapse. Guess I will have to go back and try again Andy
  3. Hi Gav What is your verdict on scope nights? Andy
  4. Well I unpacked all the astronomy bits from the car yesterday and managed to get the rig up again. After polar alignment I only managed to get 11 usable 4 minute frames out of 16 before the clouds rolled in. I guess this counts as the Mesu's first light so it shows real promise after an EQ6. It is just a shame that it was from the light polluted NE skies rather than Drumroamin. Leo Triplet wide angle and a crop. PHDLog reports polar alignment error of 0.52 arc minutes. Only processed in DSS and cropped in Photoshop elements. Until next time. Andy
  5. Well home safe and warm now. Drove through some pretty squally weather around Gatehouse of Fleet. Hope that conditions do improve for those staying over tonight. As for the weather over the past 24 hours it ranged from sunny, calm and settled to a raging gale that dropped lots of water on our tent. Looking at it positively the tent stayed up and no guy lines came loose and I slept through most of it. But my wife was terrified . Still over the journey home she suggested that maybe she just needs to work on her fear as the tent did seem to stay up. Heres' hoping that by the next star camp she is looking forward to camping again Many thank to Mike for his assistance in erecting the tent. And to Derek, Stuart, Damien and Ian for their assistance in taking it down and helping to pack it away. Now if the weather forecast is right I may get first light from my Mesu tomorrow. Ever optimistic Andy
  6. Well off to bed now in hope that tomorrow show promise, Car is still packed so it will be a quick decision after breakfast and a BBC weather check. Just had a look at the BBC site and it is looking good for you guys after midnight......... assuming the spirit has not got you first.
  7. Are you saying that Lesley's advice to stay away was wrong? Well the weather here in the north east has moderated somewhat so I hope Doris has had her day and we can get on with some stargazing; once my tent is pitched Andy & Sandra
  8. Just spoken to Lesley and she reckons the winds will be with you around 2pm today and that pitching my tent is not recommended. So tell Darren he will just have to sit there for another day . Not unpacking the car so we can set off early in the morning. Until tomorrow then.
  9. Thanks Mike Just about to start breakfast and final packing. An update by 9am would be appreciated
  10. Hmmm... Clearoutside is only forecasting 20mh winds. I am hoping to get there about 1pm. I may need everyone to hold the tent down while I peg it . Andy
  11. Hello everyone I have just come back to Astrotortilla after an 18 month gap. It was working well but having mastered polar alignment and built a sky model in EQMOD I did not need it . Now I am commissioning my Mesu 200 and Astrotortilla solves the image but then reports a whole number of failures after the solve. I have looked at the config guide and the Tutorial but cannot see what is wrong. I am using exactly the same parameters with Themos's PhotoPolarAlign and it works there. -p -B none -M none -N none -R none -U none -S none --sigma 128 I hope someone here can help. I have tried adding -r but that makes no difference. HELP. Here is an extract from the logfile. 2017-02-21 00:49:20,059 - astrotortilla - INFO - Connecting to camera... 2017-02-21 00:49:20,066 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 5.00 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:20,706 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 5.0 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:21,190 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 4.5 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:21,671 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 4.0 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:22,178 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 3.5 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:22,670 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 3.0 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:23,167 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 2.5 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:23,670 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 2.0 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:24,178 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 1.5 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:24,684 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 1.0 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:25,176 - astrotortilla - INFO - Exposing: 0.5 seconds 2017-02-21 00:49:26,170 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:26,665 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:27,180 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:27,678 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:28,174 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:28,680 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:29,174 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:29,667 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:30,165 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:30,664 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:31,171 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:31,664 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:32,168 - astrotortilla - INFO - Waiting for camera 2017-02-21 00:49:32,484 - astrotortilla - INFO - Reading image from camera 2017-02-21 00:49:32,503 - astrotortilla - INFO - Solving... 2017-02-21 00:49:33,348 - astrotortilla - INFO - Reading input file 1 of 1: "/cygdrive/c/users/akeogh/appdata/local/temp/camh4dpx8/Capture.fit"... 2017-02-21 00:49:34,752 - astrotortilla - INFO - Computing image percentiles... 2017-02-21 00:49:35,822 - astrotortilla - INFO - Extracting sources... 2017-02-21 00:49:35,944 - astrotortilla - INFO - Downsampling by 2... 2017-02-21 00:49:40,720 - astrotortilla - INFO - simplexy: found 339 sources. 2017-02-21 00:49:42,371 - astrotortilla - INFO - Solving... 2017-02-21 00:49:44,997 - astrotortilla - INFO - Reading file "/cygdrive/c/users/akeogh/appdata/local/temp/solver4vdnnj/7/Capture.axy"... 2017-02-21 00:49:45,108 - astrotortilla - INFO - Only searching for solutions within 15 degrees of RA,Dec (79.4896,46.0156) 2017-02-21 00:49:45,224 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4214.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:45,354 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4213.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:45,867 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field size: 4.2104 x 2.81215 degrees 2017-02-21 00:49:45,881 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field center: (RA H:M:S, Dec D:M:S) = (05:16:43.958, +45:59:54.787). 2017-02-21 00:49:45,903 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field center: (RA,Dec) = (79.18, 46) deg. 2017-02-21 00:49:45,933 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field: /cygdrive/c/users/akeogh/appdata/local/temp/camh4dpx8/Capture.fit 2017-02-21 00:49:45,947 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1: solved with index index-4112.fits. 2017-02-21 00:49:45,967 - astrotortilla - INFO - Hit/miss: ++++++-+++++-++++---+-++----+------+-+--+------+-+---------+------------+(best)--------------------------- 2017-02-21 00:49:45,987 - astrotortilla - INFO - RA,Dec = (79.1835,45.9997), pixel scale 2.61578 arcsec/pix. 2017-02-21 00:49:46,003 - astrotortilla - INFO - log-odds ratio 238.593 (4.16363e+103), 26 match, 0 conflict, 47 distractors, 29 index. 2017-02-21 00:49:46,016 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4113.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,036 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4114.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,053 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4205-00.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,062 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4205-01.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,078 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4205-05.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,095 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4206-00.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,112 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4206-01.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,128 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4206-05.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,144 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4207-00.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,165 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4207-01.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,180 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4207-05.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,190 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4208.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,206 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4209.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,226 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4210.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,239 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4211.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,250 - astrotortilla - INFO - Field 1 did not solve (index index-4212.fits, field objects 1-10). 2017-02-21 00:49:46,267 - astrotortilla - INFO - No solution in 13.8s TIA Andy
  12. I will bring some red film with me on Thursday.
  13. Only the Irish would think of moving it with the door shut.
  14. Thanks Adrian,will now work out the maths and see if I can excercise the mount inside the tent. How easy is it to walk the tent off the scope? Is it a 1 or 2 person activity? Andy
  15. The skies here are a bit changeable but if you want I can send you a quick 2 mins of M42 amongst the trees as I now have PHD2 guiding my Mesu,