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  1. John, We hear from SX that Paul is taking a break from his development of SLL because of work committments. We’re hoping he returns some day. In the meantime perhaps you can try opening the program with a terminal command. I suspect as Stash indicated that you updated something that affects the compatibility with older programs. I use a Mac with El Capitan and version 3.1 of SLL, and it still works well. I use 3.1 because 3.2 and 3.3 won’t allow zoom on the remote image window to work for some reason. Paul didn’t get a chance to fix that. What OS are you using? Don
  2. Don’t worry, Pat. I was using my new AP1100 Mount for the first time and forgot to pack the CW shaft. Had to cancel even though it was a near perfect night. We’ll try again next Monday night. Don
  3. Thanks, Pat. We are going to try broadcasting tonight on NSN. Should be on about 7:45 HST. Don
  4. Thanks for the concern, everyone. The latest situation in lower Puna on the Big Island is very bad. The whole eastern area of Kopoho Point is cut off by the lava. It is a mandatory evacuation area, but some have decided to stay. They had to rescue four people by air yesterday. The lava has reached Kopoho Bay this morning. There is no electricity, water or cell service available in the area. There are hundreds of homes in Vacationland and Kopoho Beach Lots that are in the potential path of the lava flow which has widen out to about a half mile. Here is a USGS map of the lava flow late yesterday morning. We have not been affected by any of this activity yet. We live near the coast about 25 miles north of Kopoho Point on Mauna Kea. We can see the point in the distance from our lanai on the second floor. At night we can see the glow from the active lava. The winds have been in a favorable direction for us, but I understand that the Kona side is being affected by the fumes. Don
  5. HiloDon

    StarlightLive V3.3 Released

    Hi Alan, Good to see you back. Paul has been absent for a while and hasn’t visited SGL since July last year. We all miss him and were worried about him. We did find out through Terry at SX that he was ok, but extremely busy with his work related projects. We are all hopeful that he will return some day and continue to support Starlight Live. In my opinion, it still remains the best live viewing software available. I still use it here at the VIS on Mauna Kea. If Paul returns, it will be big news in the EAA community, and it will be posted in this forum. Don
  6. Howie, Thanks for the concern. Just an update as things have gotten worse at the Kilauea summit and the lower Puna area where a number of fissures are occurring and causing lava flow. Over 40 structures have been destroyed and the lava has now reached the ocean causing high level of sulfur dioxide gas. A number of roads in the area are blocked, but civil defense is doing a great job rescuing people and keeping them safe. So far the ash and smoke generated from all this has not affected Mauna Kea. In fact, we had an excellent evening Friday and did our live Stargazing show for the big crowd that showed up. The big ash plume Howie mentioned subsided and there was nothing visible from the VIS on Friday just before sunset. They are still expecting more explosions, so this thing is far from over. Don
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    f ratio comparison
  8. HiloDon

    Astronomy heaven plus a black eye

    Rob, Great captures and excellent presentation! I am always impressed with what the Lodestar mono can produce. Still a winner in my book. Don
  9. HiloDon

    Horizon vs Ultrastar

    The Infinity, Ultrastar and Atik 414 as well as the SX825 Trius all use the same Sony 825 sensor, so there will be little, if any, difference in the image quality. The 414 and Trius are cooled which will give some noise reduction over the uncooled Infinity and Ultrastar, but for shorter exposure EAA purposes dark frame subtraction or defective pixel removal tools found in SLL should make the difference insignificant. For tighter stars and improved detail a finer pixel sensor is needed.
  10. Thanks, all, for thinking of me. My wife and I were on the mainland last week, so we missed the big earthquakes. We had a house sitter and she sent us pictures of all the things that fell on the floor, but there was no serious damage. All astro equipment survived. I was torn as to whether I wanted to experience a 6.9 mag quake, but I know my wife would have been terrified. The biggest we had ever felt before was a 5.2 mag. We live on Mauna Kea which is an inactive volcano that hasn’t erupted for thousands of years. The eruptions and lava flow are not far from us (about 30 miles) on Kilauea which is a continually active volcano as see by many around the world who have visited Volcanoes National Park. We can get some of the smoke called vog depending on the winds, but we are completely safe from the direct impact of the volcano. The situation with these recent eruptions and flows has been grim because it’s occurring in a populated subdivision. The area has been evacuated, but over 30 homes have been lost so far. Thankfully, no lives have been lost thanks to the diligent efforts of our public safety officials. I’ll post some updates as I get more info. We have a civil defense alert system that I am signed up for that gives regular text message updates. Don
  11. HiloDon

    A trio of Hicksons

    Very cool, Martin! Don
  12. HiloDon

    A trio of Hicksons

    As always, Martin, excellent results and presentation. I love capturing the Hickson’s as well. You were the one who put me onto them a few years back. Our weather here in Hawaii has been terrible, too. I think I’ve only had three sessions so far this year. I look forward to your release of the new EAA tool. Let me know if I can be of any help. Don
  13. HiloDon

    Does anyone broadcast?

    My colleague and I broadcast on NSN from Mauna Kea, Hawaii at 9200’. We try to do it every Monday, but the weather has been terrible for the past month or so. Our time is not the best for viewers on mainland U.S., but we get a lot from Australia, New Zealand and Europe. We still get many die hards from the mainland as well. It’s becoming a real international venue. There is a Facebook page called Night Skies Network where many post their captures from the previous night’s broadcast. Different cameras and scope setups. Definitely a thing to tune into if you’re interested in EAA/VA. Don
  14. HiloDon

    Latest Deep Sky objects with Trius 694

    Hi Greg, Very nice results with the 694. I was wondering how it was working after you posted a ways back about the disconnect problem in bin 1x1. There was a recent post in CN from a guy who was trying to use the same camera and I posted this: https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/610481-helpful-tips-for-operating-starlight-live-live-stacking/?p=8441180 I think you use a Mac. Did you ever try it with a Windows machine? I was always thinking about trying the color version of this cam. If you have to bin 2x2, I think you lose the color. Don
  15. HiloDon

    New Set up for VAA

    I agree with Eric that an Alt/az Mount is the way to go for backyard VAA. Simple to set up and the short exposure requirement negates the need for eq tracking. I have the Celestron Evolution 6 that is easy to handle and set up. With the Infinity you will need some simple focal reduction to get you to f/5 and you could later invest in Hyperstar for some wide field viewing at f/1.9. The Evolution comes in 8” and 9.25” versions as well. I think the 9.25” is getting a little to heavy for the mount. You can also use the mount for other small scopes. I recently bought a SV60eds that works well with my Lodestars and Ultrastars for wide field views. The SX Ultrastar has the same sensor as the Infinity and is controlled by Starlight Live software. Very intuitive and easy to use. Available for both Mac and Windows. Don

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