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Everything posted by rubecula

  1. Before I saw this image I would have said I don't like starless images. But in this instance I completely disagree with myself. It'a an absolutely majestic image. The detail is amazing, I can't believe it's only a 5.5hr exposure. Brilliant, love it!
  2. Mmmmm ....nice. I like the detail and the overall composition. Amazing detail from 5 different filters at 1 hour per filter.
  3. Carole, thanks for your help once again. I'll have a look at APP, if it works well with re-sizing, registering and stacking then that might be the way for me to go. I've heard how good Registar is but it looks expensive for something that only performs a single function. More research, more money......... Thanks
  4. Thanks Carole, I've already got 2x calibration images but all at 600sec so I suppose that defeats the point. I need to get some at 300sec. So do you resize the bin 2x images (in Photoshop?) and then use DSS to stack in groups and then move the stacked groups back into Photoshop to stretch, combine, etc.?
  5. That's a new one on me also and has been added to my list of targets. Seeing what is possible in such a short timescale I must have a try at binning RGB data. So far I have done everything unbinned. Thanks for sharing Carole, Robin
  6. I have a permenant set-up so the imaging train doesn't change. I have been using the same set of flats for the last 7 months and so far they seem ok. I take darks with the L filter but have flats for all 7 filters.
  7. brilliant, puts my recent efforts to shame
  8. I've never been that excited about NGC 7000 but your Hubble treatment really brings it to life, I'm going to have to give that a go whenever the skies clear,
  9. It might be "luminance only" but that's a lovely image. Did you take darks, flats and bias frames for the 10s exposures or just the 300s?
  10. As I don't have a dome rotator I can't leave things unattended but can confirm that Sequence Generator performs the flip without any intervention from me. In fact it seems to platesolve more rapidly than when first starting the imaging run.
  11. Wow vlaiv! What a wonderful and comprehensive answer. You've given me so much to do and think about. Thank you so much
  12. Yeah it is out of focus. The numbers in SGP looked ok so I thought I'd play with the image as I had nothing else to work on :-). The "grid" is definitely there particularly in the bottom third of the image and the horizontals stand out a bit more. If the grid is from the sensor, and I'm not sure either way, then I wouldn't have thought being out of focus would cause the grid and excessive noise. But what do I know?
  13. About 2/3 weeks ago I got a set of Ha images of the Wizard - all were ok and they stacked and stretched with no issues. The other night during an unexpected clear spell I managed to get 24 x 600sec OIII images. A jpeg of the stacked and stretched images is below. Except for the top corners it shows an unacceptable amount of noise and there is a feint grid visible. Is this from the sensor? An extreme stretch of the Ha data didn't show the grid. I thought it might be condensation but on both occasions I was using a dew shield and the dew heaters were on. The only thing that changed is that there was a Windows update between sessions. The Atik 383L+ camera and the filter wheel wouldn't connect so I re-installed the driver and everything connected OK. I've experienced that before and had to re-install just the Atik driver after a Windows update. But in previous cases the resulting images have been fine. Anyway does anyone have any idea as to what is causing the noise and feint grid at the bottom in the OIII? Thanks,
  14. I think I'm getting to grips with CCD and particularly narrowband imaging. Below are my last couple of efforts. The Cocoon Nebula is a HaLRGB image using Olly's recipe for adding the Ha, 15% to Luminance and 85% to the red channel. The Elephant Trunk is a an SHO image. In both case the processing has done nothing for the star colours. Is there a way of protecting star colour during development or is the best way to remove them, stretch the image, and then put them back again. If removing them is the best way I can see that there are a couple of apps to help with that (e.g. Straton and StarNet++) but how do you put them back? Thanks Thanks
  15. Got out last night after nearly a fortnight's cloud cover. Set off to image the Wizard Nebula. I'll shorten what could be a long tale. The scope was out of focus - completely, nothing at all visible in either the imaging or guide cameras. After a lot of fiddling I re-calibrated the motor focuser after which it went to a random setting. I did a GoTo 21400 which was where the scope had previously been in focus - still out of focus. So I set it to go to 0. I expected it to count down from 21400 to 0 but instead it went upwards to 60,000 at which point the counter in SGP said 0. I don't know why but I thought if it thinks 60,000 is zero then instead of trying to go from 0 to 21400 I would try 60,000 to 38600 (60,000 - 21400) and lo and behold the scope was in focus. I've no idea what caused all this. Why it wasn't in focus as I had left it and why the focus setting was 38600 and not 21400. Anyone any ideas? Is this likely to happen again? Thanks
  16. Camera's on its way to Starlight Express. Fingers crossed!
  17. Alan, There are a few comments on-line concerning problems with the mini usb port so that maybe the problem. I'll approach SX tomorrow to see if they will take a look at it. Typical to have an issue when the nights are getting longer. Thanks for all your help with this I really appreciate it. Best wishes,
  18. I'm not sure what it's telling me but I've just plugged a cable into the other socket on the Lodestar (ST4?) to the USB hub and the PC made a sound.
  19. When I plug in the other devices connected by the USB hub the PC makes a sound but not when I plug the Lodestar in! Waggling the connection has no effect.
  20. PC runs Windows 10. There's no USB devices section. ASCOM Profile Explorer shows details of the camera but there'n no port option in the list. I've tried connecting directly from the Lodestar to the PC and that didn't work. When connected the red light on the Lodestar doesn't light up. I'm hoping that the Lodestar hasn't died.
  21. Thanks Alan. Tried a different cable - no different. I checked in device manager under USB controllers and the Lodestar isn't mentioned. The only thing mentioned by name is the Atik camera.
  22. Looks like I've done a silly thing! I'm trying to tidy up the mare's nest of cabling and to find a better position I moved the Lodestar X2 USB cable to another port on the USB hub. I checked the connection by trying to connect to the camera in PHD2 and got the ASCOM cannot find camera message. I moved the cable back to its original port tried again and still got the same message. I ran ASCOM diagnostics and nothing seems amiss. I re-installed the Lodestar driver and re-booted the PC. It still won't connect via PHD2. Any ideas? Thanks
  23. I've had mine on the scope for three or four weeks now. It was very easy to fit and the software loaded easily and works well in conjunction with SGPro via ASCOM. However (and this all may reflect my lack of abilities!) in fitting it I completely lost focus and being unwilling to remove the imaging gear I had to regain focus by taking lots of Frame & Focus images in SGPro. That took quite a while. At that point I could get very close to a good focus by fiddling with the SGPro settings manually. That was a great improvement on turning the focus knob by hand. It's then taken me a while to get autofocus working well so that it happens automatically between filters. I've had some useful help from people on the SGPro forum getting the right parameters (backlash, step size, etc.) for the EdgeHD. The unit is quite heavy and I had to resort to adding strips of lead at the front of the scope to balance it. After recommendations in this forum I purchased a long Vixen V-bar that has allowed me to move the scope forward on the mount and remove about 5Kg of balancing weights I had on there! In summary I'm very happy with the purchase.
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