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About dannybgoode

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  1. One of my little obsessions is trying to get as good a lunar image as I can using nothing more than my Sony RX10M4 handheld at max zoom (600mm equiv.). Tried a slightly different technique tonight with the aim of getting my best result yet; I often play with stacking multiple frames of differing exposure times however tonight I tried leaving the overall exposure the same but shooting at different apertures. I also changed my workflow to do much more work in PhotoLabs 3 and Topaz Denoise before moving over to Registax and then back into PL3 for final tweaks. Quite pleased with the result
  2. Think it depends on the specific mount. My AZ EQ6, even at Max slew speed is a hum at most and certainly not distracting. Being belt drive helps of course. Once it’s tracking its essentially silent.
  3. I am hoping not to have to take a laptop with me and control it from my iPad Mini. Plus the site I have in mind is quite a lot more than 100m from where I can park. And of course I’d have to fiddle around with settings I’d rather leave alone as I run it all as local and I might break something! Don’t forget I only need to get the sequence started and then I can disconnect and get back into the warmth of my car. The other option is to set the sequence up at home and then just schedule it. Go to site and set up and leave it to run at the given time. This of course means having absolute fai
  4. Glad you got it working. Should be pretty stable now you’ve got to this point. I certainly won’t be going back to a laptop based solution. My next step is to try it via its own internal WiFi hotspot as I want to go portable so we’ll have to see how well that works. Want to make sure everything does what it should before venturing out.
  5. So here's my effort for what it is worth. I am not hugely good at PixInsight yet but did the initial channel combination, photometric colour calibration and background removal there before saving it as a TIFF and dumping it into Topaz DeNoise. I like DeNoise for astro work - it has excellent noise reduction capabilities which of course it should given what it is for however it also has excellent sharpening algorithms too and is easy to tweak to get the desired results. From there I then move over to DxO PhotoLabs 3. PL3 has a couple of nice tools; it's smart lighting and ClearView Plu
  6. What was the error message? Things that affect plate solving are the scope and camera not being correctly input so the FoV is not calculated correctly and the exposure time being too short so not enough stars show. Other things to check are the basics; is the location set correctly, time and date right, home position recorded properly. It’s all a proper fiddle at first. I’ve lost many nights just not being able to PA, plate solve, focus etc. Not so bad at the moment whilst the nights are warm but losing a whole night whilst also nearly losing your fingers to frostbite is frustrating
  7. Loads of people image very successfully in the UK with a good frac. In reality you’re going to be collecting the same amount of data time-wise whatever scope you use and, unless your focussing and guiding are spot on there’s a chance you’ll get poorer quality subs from the ‘fast and wide’ scope than you would a nice easy to handle frac.
  8. StellarMate (or if you’re ok with computers a Raspberry zip with Astroberry which is basically the same thing) would be my shout over Asiair. Cheaper, better choice of cameras and very simple to use. It too has a built in polar alignment routine so you don’t need a separate camera. I started off with a laptop but a) setting up ASCOM, EQMod, the imaging software etc is more fiddly and b) like others, I feel much more comfortable leaving an RPi outside than my laptop.
  9. If you’re using DHCP then, depending on the router, you can go in and tell it to assign the same IP address each time. This is better than setting a fixed IP address on the device as it prevents potential conflicts between DHCP assigned addresses by the router and manually set ones per device. Also you could try running as ‘local’ instead of ‘remote’. Works fine for me each and every time. I just use Chrome as my browser, go to http://astroberry.local and I’m in. Works fine via WiFi or Ethernet.
  10. What mount are you using and how are you connecting to the mount? Here are my settings for my SW AZ EQ6GT. I have not had any issues swapping ports at random even mid-session, it has always picked the mount back up. If you look at the bottom where the system ports are mine show ACM0 and for reasons I cannot quite remember this is important. To get mine working I literally just when into EKOS on a fresh install, picked my kit from the dropdowns and hit connect and it just worked. Have you changed the defaults to show like they do on your Mac perhaps?
  11. That's amazing. Looks like a giant crashing wave - really nice.
  12. I'll be honest - I don't fully understand the remote/local aspect. I just have all the software running on the Pi, the option set to 'local' and control the Pi via a web browser or iPad and it works. So with this being the case I just leave it alone .
  13. This is as per controlled from my PC. I am not 100% sure what the remote option does but when I tried it I couldn't get it to work so I leave it set as local and it still controls just fine from my browsers. The Stellermate vids are pretty good and explain this somewhat - ignore the fact it's Stellarmate as 99% of the stuff is to do with KStars/EKOS so works identically under Astroberry. The one thing you do need to change is if you use PHD2 for guiding then you need to change the Host from 'localhost' to astroberry.local. In PHD2 you pick the INDI camera and INDI mount. For reasons under
  14. When you go in to EKOS to set up a profile you just pick your kit from a dropdown list and it feeds all that into INDI. When you hit 'Start' on the profile and your kit connects it does fire up the INDI control panel so you can tweak in there if needed.. Dead easy - any questions let me know as I've just set mine up so much of it is pretty fresh in my mind.
  15. TMB Optical (a proper Thomas Back one ) 105/650 with a Starlight Xpress Trius SX674 mono CCD, SX filter wheel and Baader filters. Mount is an SW AZ EQ6 GT. Scope has a monster manual focuser on it at the moment - I want a motorised unit but am not going to modify the scope to take one so need to find something that works. Have a few options lined up. So this was just focussed with a WO clear mask manually.
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