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  1. Hello everybody! Recently I've received my SkyGuider Pro. I'm currently using it with a Canon T2i and a 18-135mm lens. I've also just received my 2" L-eNhance. I got the 2" version, because in the future I'm planning on getting the ZenithStar 61. In the meanwhile, I've 3D printed an adapter that screws to the end of the lens where the filter can be screwed into place. I'm not sure that this setup places the filter perfectly parallel to the lens, but it's close. I decided to put the L-eNhance to a real stress test in my bortle 8-9 zone, in my front-yard which is flooded with street lights, aimed above a building. I'm very new to deep sky astrophotography, so I'm not sure yet why the stars on the Eagle nebula look weird (that whole specific area didn't turn out too well), and I may not have been in perfect focus overall. This image was stacked and processed in AstroPixelProcessing (free trial, default values) after an attempt I first made to stack it in DSS and prcoess in photoshop (which resulted in weird "walking noise" and background color gradients). After integration, I used the "remove light pollution" feature and selected some areas in the background that looked weirdly colored. Then I used TopazDenoiseAI (also free trial for now) to clear some noise remainders. I'm pretty happy with it considering it's my first try at photographing an actual nebula and my first use of the L-eNhance in general. Next time I'll try longer exposures or higher ISO, since I noticed (halfway through the sequence) that the histogram in NINA was wayyy to the left. Any comments/tips on APP or in general are very much welcomed! Photo Info: 29 light frames (90 sec @ 1600iso) - I'm not sure if APP uses all of them, or just some, or where to set it 6 dark frames no flats because I accidentally shot them at the wrong iso shot at 135mm the image is cropped to the center area of the frame Thank you!
  2. Oh, I understand. Thanks! I wonder if there's a way to have NINA return the decimal values in degrees instead of hours.
  3. It seems that the issue happens only when I input the RA/DEC in decimal values. When I input them in Hours/Days, then it seems to work correctly, so I'll just do that. I'm using a script in Stellarium. Maybe that function doesn't work well with decimals. I'll stick with Hours/Days. core.moveToRaDec("14.132", "55.177"); // does not work correctly core.moveToRaDec("13h29m28s", "47d17m03s"); // works correctly From what I know, there is no built-in option in NINA to send coordinates to Stellarium. There's only an option to receive coordinates from Stellarium.
  4. I'm using a SkyGuider Pro, so unfortunately I can't, but I do want to use it to make framing easier (and to practice NINA for later on when I'll upgrade to the more serious stuff). The plan is to aim, solve, check framing in Stellarium, manually move in the RA/DEC, solve again, etc.
  5. Update: There seems to be something weird when using Decimal values. If I input in Stellarium the coordinates that I get from N.I.N.A like this: "14h07m55s", "55d10m38s" (instead of "14.132","55.177"), then I seem to get to the correct place in the sky.
  6. Hello everybody, I'm trying to do blind plate-solving in N.I.N.A and then input the resulting coordinates in Stellarium, but I'm getting weird results. Astrometry.net When uploading the image to Astrometry.net's website, I get the correct coordinates (202.367, 47.281) But when uploading the same image to Astrometry.net using N.I.N.A, I get the wrong coordinates (13.491, 47.281) ASTAP When using ASTAP via N.I.N.A, I get similar wrong coordinates (13.491, 47.284) However, if I go to the Framing assistant and click "Get coordinates from Stellarium" then it gets the correct coordinates without any issue. Does anyone have any idea what's going on here? Thank you!
  7. I wonder if there is a way to coat new satellites with a material that reflects light after converting it to a specific wavelength, thus we will be able to filter it out using a theoretical "Satellite Suppression Filter". Of course, even if there's a way, I highly doubt it will be employed if it's "only" to please astrophotographers.
  8. Thank you all for your comments! For now, I've marked the bubble's position when the mount is actually leveled. Returning it (even just the black part) would be too much hassle indeed, but it would be interesting to see what replies I'll get from iOptron and FLO. Other than that, the SkyGuider is functioning very well.
  9. Hi all, I recently received my iOptron SkyGuider Pro that I ordered from FLO and I just noticed that the bubble-level is not situated correctly. I believe that I didn't notice it at first because I'm currently using a ballhead, so the mount itself stays polar-aligned, but I suspect it will cause issues when I start using the counterweight. I have emailed iOptron to ask about it. Should I also email FLO? Is there a way I can fix it myself? Thank you for any help, itai
  10. Hello everybody! I've received my order of some Baader Solar Film (which I ordered alongside an iOptron SkyGuider Pro! But that's for another post). I designed (in Fusion360) and 3D printed a body for the solar film which can be securely fitted onto the dust cap of my SkyWatcher 250p FlexTube (with a DIY light shroud). The image was taken with a Canon T2i. Image #2 is false color Image #3 is a zoomed-in area of Image #2 Tomorrow I'll try with a 2X Barlow. I wonder if I will be able to catch any solar prominence when they happen. Have a good day/evening!
  11. That's hilarious "Should I tell him his lens cap is on?"
  12. Very cool! Is that with or without Dark frames?
  13. Hello everybody. I've ordered an iOptron SkyGuider Pro as my first step into non-planetary astrophotography. Eagerly waiting its arrival. I know there is a handset I can buy to control the RA on the SkyGuider Pro, and there are also left/right buttons on the mount itself, but I was wondering if there is a way to control the RA using a laptop. I would assume it is theoretically possible, because if I would be using an auto-guider, then it would basically control the RA from a laptop for corrections. If I somehow got an adapter from that type of connection to USB and plugged it where the handset goes, would I be able to control it using EQMod or something similar? Thanks!
  14. Telescope: Manual Dob, Skywatcher 250p Flextube Camera: Canon 550D (T2i) As the ISS passed overhead tonight, I took a video (movie crop mode) with my camera and did my best to manually track it using the finder-scope as it moved up in the sky. It was easier at first, since the apparent movement was slower, but when it was really high it was really fast (and started to get overexposed). I used PiPP to extract the frames where the ISS was in-frame during the entire passage. Then I stacked the best 25% frames of the start to almost middle of the pass. I'm very happy with the result as it is just my 2nd attempt to take a photo of the ISS. Clear skies to all!
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