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  1. This thread was created to help people who would like to leave MS and move to Linux. The idea is to list, in a concise manner, the list of all softwares that are either cross-platform (for exemple: Carte Du Ciel) or alternatives to what is commonly used (for exemple INDI Library instead of ASCOM) I'll let people who are computer savvy expand on this list... There are also Linux distribution that were created specifically for astrophotography
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    Hello from center of France

    Hello Florent! I used to live in Vincennes but I moved to Fontainebleau in August. So we may be living in the same region Let me know as I need to find a club and a astro buddy soon as the night will become a little bit warmer soon I am not French (Canadian actually) but I've been living in France since 2002... Do not hesitate to PM me if you like. *BTW I also have a 3D printer if you ever need to print out something.
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    After seeing there were SHOW US YOUR FRAC and SHOW US YOUR DOB threads, I thought I'd start an obsy show off Please share pictures of your finished obsy and/or warm room so we can dream a little ! (please, no 'build in progress') Let the show begin
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    Gadgets that work !

    For those of us lucky enough to have a 3D printer ... https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2762334
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    The Tardis Observatory gets a refurb

    Wow I did not expect it to house a big scope ... Must be bigger on the inside
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    My first DSOs, a dream came true

    Nice shots I would recomend that you learn about plate solving (using astrotortilla just to name one but there are others) that will save you a lot of time and put your targets dead center. Also, I see that you went for 3200 ISO is there a rational for this setting ? I usually go for 1600 ISO on my modded 1000D.
  7. Good news on the update front. INDI and Kstars have had both new releases this week. If you are still on old version you may want to upgrade as there are a lot of new features and bug fixes. Some of the new features I found interesting are : + New Celestron Nightscape 8300 CCD driver. + New INDI FFMPEG-based Webcam driver. + New ZWO USB2ST4 driver. + New Arduino ST4 driver. + New Weather Watcher driver. + MacOS improvements + Ekos Auto Park Timer + Revamped Ekos Scheduler You can find the whole list of fixes and improvements here: INDI v1.7.4 KStars v2.9.7
  8. I did the mod a while ago (pretty easy with the pinion extractor) but did not spent a lot of time aligning anything... I just made sure there was enough tension on the belt. What is there to align, I am not sure I see what you are referencing to. You got me worried I did not do a good job !
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    Dava Sobel is a terrific writer. I started with this one (longitude) and then followed with "Galileo's Daughter" and "Copernicus (A More Perfect Heaven)" I am now reading her latest book "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars"
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    What Constitutes Good Guiding?

    I did the upgrade (Rowan belt mode) on my HEQ5 in 30 minutes without any issues and I am all thumbs! Just make sure to get the "Pinion Gear Extractor" ... It was well worth the price ! Here is a noise comparison I did in mid-ugrade...
  11. I also have a ED80 with a Canon 1000D and I can achieve focus with the drawtube extended out about 1" I have a FR/FF and the Baader Clicklock
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    At last - first photo

    Why not use the PA tool in sharpcap ? I heard good things about it and it is much cheaper than PoleMaster and faster than drift alignment. I am more of a Linux guy so I use INDI/Ekos to do my PA and platesolving for GOTO and center my target... works like a charm
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    At last - first photo

    Yes it is quite easy, just go to nova.astrometry.net/upload and choose your file and let it run... If you don't enter any information in "advanced settings" the astrometry engine searches in a lot more indexes so it takes quite a while to get a result (took around 20 minutes for yours) so be patient ;)
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    At last - first photo

    I ran your image through astrometry.net and here is what I got
  15. I just finished reading the excellent 'Longitude' by Dava Sobel and, my birthday coming soon, I'm thinking of starting a collection of astro related books. I've started my collection with the Burnham's Celestial Handbook vol I, mostly for sentimental reasons. The 1st chapter is wonderful, the best introduction to astronomy I've ever read. The rest is a different beast, a catalog of observable objects with notes. I'm mostly interested in biography of great Astonomers (Kepler, Brahe, Copernic,etc) So, I would gladly like to hear from the community about which book(s) on astronomy related subjects were the best read for you ? I'm sure people will recommend 'Making every photons count' ... It is on my list
  16. The second data release of ESA’s Gaia mission has produced an extraordinary catalogue of over one and a half billion stars in our galaxy. Based on observations between July 2014 to May 2016, it includes the most accurate information yet on the positions, brightness, distance, motion, colour and temperature of stars in the Milky Way as well as information on asteroids and quasars.
  17. Wow looking good :)à I see you are also ready for radioastronomy with that big dish
  18. I am a big fan of Dava Sobel. I am reading her latest book "the glass univers", a fascinating read where you get to meet Williamina Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon, Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Cecilia Payne and Antonia Maury, better known as the Harvard Computers. "Dava Sobel soars higher than ever before continuing her streak of luminous science writing with this fascinating, witty, and most elegant history of the women who worked in critical positions at the Harvard Observatory...The Glass Universe is a feast for those eager to absorb forgotten stories of resolute American women who expanded human knowledge.
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    Remote imaging experiances

    I may be a romantic but I would miss the fun (drama) of being next to my gear. Part of the fun for me are the emotions of the hobby, the waiting for the perfect night, the sensation of being in the dark and looking at the night sky while my camera is clicking away, the cold, the glass of wine as I lay down in my reclining chair. the silence and ocasional strange noise (damn you hedgehog!) Then when I process the images I have emotions attached to them: I remember this light frame was being taken when I bumped on the tripod, this one caught the shooting star that I saw. All of this is taken away when you sit in your living room. It's like climbing a mountain in virtual reality.. .the view is the same some might say. That being said, I see where remote imager a coming from and Olly is right, It's just whatever pushes your swing...
  20. I use this tool to create a handy list of targets in a nice to read (and archive as pdf) format... Also, I use Stellarium to help find the targets and daydream when the sky is cloudy... You just need to enter pertinent information like your observation site coordinates, fov and FL of your gear, the type of object you want to see, you can even specify which constellation(s) you want to focus on and the software generates a document with all the coordinates and best moment to observe each of the object that matches your criteria and a sky chart. See a quick exemple I just generated in the pdf attached. soiree-pdf.pdf The website is in french but you can install in english. Quick note if you decide to test the english install : after installing there is a message saying that it is missing the english translation file but you just need to rename [astrogenerator_en.qtm] to [qt_en.qm] in Program Files (x86)\AstroGenerator\translations\ Unfortunatly the english version has some typos but overall I like the format and I usually keep the generated sessions in a binder to archive all my activity and notes taken during the session. There is also a web version (english/spanish/french) that looks a bit better and you can still save as pdf: I prefer the local installation but to each is own
  21. As a newcomer in the 3D Printing world I wanted to get a machine that would be easy to handle, not too pricy and small enough to fit next to my computer. I did some research and stumble upon a small 3D printer that can also do laser engraving and CNC (wood/plastic) carving. It was on kickstarter and I contributed in july 2017. I just got it 2 weeks ago and I wanted to share my thoughts. 1. while the machine has a small printing area, the quality of the print is very good! 2. laser is weak but it is a good way to learn about working with laser 3. CNC will be tested later but from what I see in forums and FB, people make very nice wood carving with it. There are pros and cons but for the price I got this machine on kickstarter (500€/w shipping and custom) I am pretty happy with it. It is rock solid, all metal parts, super easy to assemble, some minog glitches that are being sorted out by a proactive and dedicated support team. I would recommend this machine for education, newbies like me who want to dable in the world of 'slicers' and 3D stuff. The end goal is to produce a casing for a DIY stepper motor focuser. I also got an arduino kit to go along So behold, the Snapmaker 3D (I am in no way affiliated with this company and this is a personal opinion, I am not being paid to promote this or receive anything from Snapmaker)
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    Raising my DIY game with this machine

    lol yes ! My first build is a filament holder for the 3D printer .... Robots building Robots ! we are doomed! Now I have to build that arduino focuser, it will be base on your project Gina Thank god there are people like you to do all the heavy lifting
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    Raising my DIY game with this machine

    Yes, I think it is quite good for an entry level printer that can be used to learn these 3 different technics (laser/CNC/3D printing) I would highly recommend this printer in schools or at an astro club. As for me, a noobie in the world of 3D printing, I am having a blast money well spent. Now, on to my project of building a stepper motor focuser using arduino and a 3D printed case !
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    Raising my DIY game with this machine

    Fist print.... a filament holder for the printer... we live in exciting times !
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    Raising my DIY game with this machine

    There is one for sale on their website but I find it a bit expensive (around 100$+shipping) As I dabble in DIY I will probably build one https://imgur.com/a/1571B

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