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Everything posted by oldannie

  1. Am thinking about buying a 3nm Astrodon filter, Ha, 36mm unmounted and have been looking at where to buy from. There are outlets in the UK where the price would be around £750. If I buy from Farpoint (the company that has taken over Astrodon) in the USA the price including postage via UPS to the UK would be around £666. That's quite a saving! I'm wondering if there are any hidden charges or any other catches that I haven't thought about. Am nervous enough about spending so much on one filter!
  2. What a faff around. When I went back to an older build of Windows 10 the camera connected but I then found I couldn't delay updates so reinstalled the newer version (1903) and found my camera did connect - however!!! the time after that the camera failed to connect again and a message appeared telling me there was an error with the Artemis capture software and to try reinstalling. I did that and all seems ok. Just waiting for the next clear night!! What a hobby! Watch this space!!! Annie
  3. Well first of all thanks for all the helpful replies. I went back to a previous Windows 10 build on my laptop and Artemis now connects though am not sure whether this was just coincidence. I then had another problem with windows 10 insisting on installing updates at entirely the wrong time. Anyway I seem to be up and running again thank goodness. I have to say though am going to give serious thought to another laptop just for imaging. I have two laptops and my old one is packing up so now might be just the time to consider another one for imaging only and will have a look at Lenovo. Thanks again everyone - much appreciated. Annie
  4. Atik 460ex. Going to look at Device Manager and try and find out if it's a com port issue - not that I know much about that! Soon will I guess.
  5. There's a thought - yes I have had windows updates since it last worked but will uninstall etc. Thanks Annie
  6. I've been using Artemis for about a year now with no problems so no idea why this has suddenly happened. I suppose my next step might be to uninstall it and reinstall?
  7. For the first time when opening Artemis Capture software it failed to connect to my camera and I have no idea why? Have been through the usual and checked the various connections and they all seem fine. The right noises occur when I connect the power and the usb to my laptop. No idea what to do next - help definitely needed! Annie
  8. I haven't added any darks, flats or bias Steve but will now - I never thought of the obvious!! Annie
  9. Have done a very quick stack and process of 15x300sec Ha exps of NGC6960 taken with Takahashi 106ed and Atik mono 460ex on NEQ6 with MGEN guider. Can anyone tell me what might be the cause of the dark patch bottom left. It has also appeared on another target. Can light leakage result in a dark patch? Annie
  10. Have used the MGEN for about 4 years now and can't fault it. First on a little TS Star 71 and a DSLR and now in my obsey on NEQ6 with Takahashi 106, and Atik 460, mono. Have it on 60mm guide scope. Bought it from Teleskop Services. Annie
  11. Thanks for the link John. Am going to try the astronomik one I have again and if it doesn't work will have a go at the 685nm Altair one. Annie
  12. Thanks for the suggestions. I do have the one you suggest Dave but when I last used it, admittedly some time ago when I didn't persevere much I couldn't get any image but will have a more concerted effort this time. I do have an Olll filter as part of my deep sky set up so will try that also. Annie
  13. Sorry meant to post this on the Lunar forum! Annie
  14. Am wanting to have a go at some lunar imaging as a side interest to deep sky imaging. Will be using a Skymax 150 pro hubby used to use for his observing, with a ZWO asi 120 mono on NEQ6. I also have a 2.5x powermate. Firecapture is the software I have. I am thinking a 1.25" red filter would be a good idea but have only been able to find them as part of sets and don't really want to buy a set. Is a red filter a good idea with my set up ? Annie
  15. Not considered that Geoff but will give it consideration though don't want to sell my HEQ5 but do want to find a use for it! Am particularly interested that you say the fork mount would be heavier than an HEQ5 pro synscan. Thanks for the response. Annie
  16. I've read some threads about this topic but still confused about what might be best for me. I have an observatory setup for deep sky imaging and have tried to keep it simple. My Takahashi 106 has a smooth focus mechanism so I find all I need for that is a bhatinov mask together with Atik Artemis capture software. My guider is stand alone - Lacerta MGEN and I use the synscan for mount control. I'm not particularly technically minded and find this setup just works for me. Recently I've set up my HEQ5 outside to do some lunar imaging with hubby's scope - Skymax 150. This has a moonlight focuser fitted which I don't find works that well on the skymax. Have been using it with a little ZWO and Firecapture. Have enjoyed the lunar imaging so decided to buy a C8 (would like the C9.25 but am in my early 70's so weight is an issue). Would like some kind of motor/electronic focuser and have been looking at the JMI but wondered if there others I could look at? Am not great at DIY so want something that's easy to fit. I don't mind using some additional software but want to be able to continue using the synscan for mount control. Am not particularly constrained by cost ! Thanks Annie
  17. What a lovely sketch - can't stop looking at it! Annie
  18. I'm pretty much the same Gav - if it works for me I do it! The APP forum seems promising! Thanks again Gav - much appreciated. Annie
  19. Gav - your notes have proved invaluable and have now been able to create a BPM and create masters - what a relief!! I do have a couple of questions though as am being a bit slow on the uptake! 1. I have assumed that the processes you outline above for creating a BPM and creating masters are undertaken separately ? 2. APP will create a BPM with just darks and flats though it obviously won't calibrate the flats without a master bias. Is the quality of the BPM reduced without the master bias? 3. Why do I need to load the master bias when creating a master dark ? 4. When creating a master flat why include a BPM? I may have just mis-read your notes - It wouldn't be the first time I'm being dim! Thanks Annie
  20. Thanks guys - the fact that I have the newer version may account for my problems. Thanks for all those notes Gav. It may be tomorrow before I get chance to have another go but will report back - hopefully it will be 'thumbs up'. Annie
  21. No the bad pixel map as per Sara Wager's video tutorial just the flats and darks are loaded and obviously for the master calibration files just the bias, darks and flat frames.
  22. Same thing happening - ie. nothing when I try to create master flats, darks and bias. Obviously being quite dim but very frustrated! Annie
  23. Always having problems with something - thank goodness for this forum! Decided to try the 30 day trial of APP and thought I would make a start by creating a bad pixel map . Sara Wager's video tutorial makes it look very straightforward so I think am just missing something very obvious. Have loaded some LRGB flats and some 300 sec darks. Sara doesn't appear to load any bias frames but have tried the process with and without bias frames and can't get either to work. After loading flats and darks have checked calibrate and under the 'BPM' submenu have set hot pixels kappa to 2 and cold pixels to 50% simply following Sara's video. Have made sure 'bad pixel map' is checked and pressed calibrate again but nothing happens! I notice on Sara's probably older version of APP she checked calibrate at the end of the BPM submenu whilst this option isn't on my version so have clicked on calibrate at the top of the screen - am not sure this is relevant but can't for the life of me see what's going wrong. It's really frustrating when you think it's something obvious that you can't see - grrrrrrr! Annie
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