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  1. I recently upgraded to a purpose made astro-camera (Atik Horizon Color). The learning curve has definitely been noticeable, but I cant figure a couple things out. For some reason the pictures are grey scale when using N.I.N.A. I have tried different binning and formats, but the image is always black and white. If I use the ATIK software (Infinity,Dusk) there is an option for 'Color Binning', and that seems to have fixed it for those programs, but N.I.N.A doesn't seem to have that option (you can not select anything for binning, or select 1x1, 2x2 ect.). But what makes it weirder is that
  2. So... I have been off/on tearing my hair out and nearly giving up the hobby over this unknown issue for a while now. I have gone through the list and think I have narrowed it down to one thing,...hopefully. My photos taken with my reflector telescopes never seem to be in focus. There is either of duplication of everything, or what looks like really bad coma across the whole frame, but any distortion is just about perfectly uniform across the whole sensor. I think what is happening is that the coma corrector is not adjusted properly. I have made sure the two reflector scopes are culminate
  3. No problem, I was interested in the same thing. I downloaded the software, but my laptop died so couldn't really go much further with that. Update: I think the problem was that when adjusting the secondary mirror it had spun (slight clockwise) when I loosened the main screw. I used a Cheshire eyepiece to adjust that better and a laser to center the secondary. It appears centered in both laser and Cheshire now. I do not have the ability to take flat frames so I won't be able to test that yet, but I think my problem is solved. Thanks for the help
  4. Pretty sure the laser is correct. I have another reflector that is working fine using the laser. I did a pretty extensive cleaning before I put up the scopes for storage and probably didn't put the mirrors in exactly the right orientation. Just looking through the focuses it looks like the secondary mirror is a little twisted. I messed around with it a bit, but my old laptop finally kicked it, so It'll be a little before I can really test it with photos.
  5. I will check the focuser, though I think it is fine (the problem is new, I have taken many photos where there wasn't any offset). Maybe simply taking it off and putting it back on will adjust it slightly, it has been through a few moves since last use. Taking it off and putting it back on seems to fix plenty of problems. Without the coma corrector the distortion is much less noticeable. The coma just centers towards a different point. Adding the corrector just seems to "correct" improperly. I don't have a Cheshire eyepiece, but they are fairly cheap so i'll pick one up. I look
  6. Perhaps something light this might be better? https://www.amazon.com/Heater-Camera-Telescopes-Aperture-Telescope/dp/B013QGTOQU/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1529469301&sr=8-3&keywords=telescope+dew+heater It is not USB powered, but it has low/high settings. And if you are just warming one lens/scope it should work fine. If USB is a deciding factor it looks like this adapter may work. https://www.amazon.com/CableDeconn-Volt-Barrel-Power-Cable/dp/B012VLKXKM/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1529469715&sr=1-1-spons&keyw
  7. Okay, so I recently got back into the hobby...and I have not been short of problems since. My reflector had some pretty bad pinching (which I fixed), but there still seems to be some distortion of the stars. I took an image over the past couple nights of ~10 hours and you can see the distortion pretty clearly. I think the problem is coming from my coma corrector. According to my flat frames the center of the mirror is off center. I have collimated the mirrors with a laser and they are perfect. But according to the flat frame it might be pointed in the right direction, but it doesn'
  8. Slight update: I took apart the primary mirror of my main scope and re-tightened everything. The culmination adjustment screws were nearly completely tightened, I think that is what was causing the "pinching" on the mirror. I took some test shots to see how it looked and it seemed okay, tonight I am taking ~3 hour image to see how it looks when a few hours are stacked. Didn't get a chance to test other scopes, bad weather, though after seeing the difference after fixing the tightness on the screw I am confident it is not a camera issue.
  9. Thanks for the responses ( I was not notified via my email so I didn't realize there were responses) Last night I started at the -3mm low end the company advised and worked my way up to the +3mm half MM by half MM. Around 36 it seemed to be best (just about where it says it should be) , but the stars were still very triangular. I figured I'd just forget the corrector and try taking pics without it, and that's when I realized that the distortion was there without the corrector as well. The secondary mirror is straight, scope is culminated with a laser culmination tool and there are n
  10. So I have been out of the hobby for a while. During college I got burnt out having to set up/pack up every night/morning. I am now able to set a scope up for as long as the weather allows and am getting back into the hobby. I set everything up the other night just to troubleshoot any tracking/mount/alignment problems before attempting to actually get images and noticed that the stars come out distorted. They look more like triangles with rounded tips. I messed around with the back-focus on my Baader Rowe Coma Corrector F/3.5 -F/6 but couldn't seem to get the distortion to go away, it got
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