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About kookoo_gr

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  1. So tonight i got a clear night and i went out with the mount for testing, For polar alignment with the polar scope i did the following, using an app i saw that polaris should be at 7 o'clock so having 0 down i turned it into 6 and did my polar alignment, i checked and refined the results with polemaster so i am good on that front. As for the voltage i use 13.5 for my equipment, i believe it's just a matter of getting used to a new mount and its sounds. I did not manage to do any guiding since the collimation on my scope was waaaay off thus making off axis guiding problematic (even checking my polar alignment with phd was impossible) and i had problems with my focuser cable, i had to gather my things recollimate the scope and then repair the focuser cable (two pins were broken and needed resoldering, cold soldering) Also is there a way to dim or turn off the polar scope light either from the hand controller or eqmod?
  2. Today my new eq6-r arrived and i am waiting for the mandatory two moth bad weather spell to pass in order to go out and play. It's a considerable step up from my 11 year old and trusty belt modded HEQ5-Pro but it was at its limit as i am adding more weight at my RC8'' scope. But i have a couple of questions 1) when i have the clutches released the axes are a bit stiff when balancing, does anyone else have this? 2) i usually polar align with my polar scope before drift aligning and i see that at the home position of the mount the reticle of the polar scope is upside down (6 is up 0 is down) from my experience form these polar scopes i need to have the 6 down and then polar allign, this is going to be an issue, since i will have to rotate the RA 180 degrees and the scope will be down in order to start the polar alignment and i want to avoid this. I would like to know if it is posiblle to rotate the reticle of the polar scope 3) after slewing and the mount stops i have the dreadful sound that the old eq-6s and heq5s have, again this is only when the mount stops and not when slewing, does anyone have this sound? It's not bad and only for a second but i believe i can survive it and i want to know if anyone else has this.
  3. Problem solved. It seems something bugged at the profile i had for my imaging system, i deleted it and created a new one, i did a test with a dark frame and after the capture SGP stretched the image as expected, when i did tests with dark frames with the bugged profile the stretch was problematic. I came to the conclusion after capturing a test dark frame with the artemis capture software (atik’s software) and i had no issues with it, also when i captured dark frames with sgp with no equipment profile selected, at the sequencer i selected atik cameras, connected to the camera and i had no issues, when the weather permits i will do a star test.
  4. I installed a nuc pc for my setup in order to replace my intel-stick mini pc. I installed the latest version of SGP and went out for some tests and setting up the new pc. I use an Atik 383l+ and when downloading i notice that the images are darker than when i used my intel-stick. Furthermore it is impossible to use the autofocus procedure as the software at the nuc does not locate any stars no matter how long the exposure is despite the fact that i use the same settings for the atofocus. Does anybody have any idea what might be the cause of this, i tried using other usb ports but i had no success. I include two photos of the Pleiades, a 5sec bin 2x2 image, the image from the nuc has less noise but has no detail whereas the image from the intel-stick is noiser but you can make out some nebulosity. Also a question that i though of now, when setting up my equipment at sgp (on the nuc) i did not enter a value for the readout noise, i don't remember i have done the same thing at the intel-stick, does this affect the images?
  5. I have been thinking in upgrading my heq5-pro for quite some time and i am leaning towards the Avalon m-uno for my RC8'' and ed80 scope. I have browsed avalon's site, read a few reviews which are a few years old, even though they are praising the mount but nothing new (eg 1 or 2 years ago). But before i ask avalon i would like if anyone can give me an on-hands experience with the mount and answer me a couple of questions. 1. For my equipment i use 13.5V/5A, would this voltage be enough for the mount? 2. What integration does the mount have with other software? I use eqmod (duh), Cartes du ciel and SGPro with future thought of using Indilib/Ekos. 3. I use a mini pc which i connect via wifi hotspot to my samsung tablet, i know there two versions a wifi and a bluetooth one, one with use with android and the other with ios, what are the connection options to a pc? And for that matter how do you operate the mount? 4. I image with an atik 383l+, atik efw2, sx-lodestar will i need any extensions for the scopes i have (from what i saw i may need for the ed80) or any extra counterweights for my rc8''? Sorry if my questions are a bit basic or don't make sense but i haven't found any other operational information for this mount or any manual for that matter in order to have a more compete picture
  6. i made an hdmi dongle with 3 76Ω resistors at a vga to hdmi adaptor and it worked my connection does not crash. guess i'll order an hdmi dongle. Thank you very much for your help
  7. i took a look at the stick's bios and i don't see any option for hdmi, but looking the web as hugh's suggestion intel says that the sticks are set to work without hdmi, keyboard or mouse. I will definitely look at the dummy hdmi plug but will also wait for more answers if available
  8. i use a 12v-5v 5A dc-dc converter for the intel stick when in the field which i also use for a RPi and i have no issue with it. I also used the stick's factory main power supply and i had the same problem so i guess power supply isn't an issue
  9. I am setting up an intel compu stick for my imaging setup. It has win 10 home and i installed realvnc 5.3 for remote control from my tablet. The problem i face is that when i connect to the stick, realvnc at my tablet/phone seems to crash this only happens when the stick is not connected to an HDMI port aka my tv, when i connect the stick to my tv and start remote control of the stick with realvnc i have no issue. Can anyone help me with this problem?
  10. I managed to take a few more pictures and i would like your opinion, photos are 15sec iso800 f2.8
  11. The last months i've been testing with INDI/EKOS and i fell in love with its polar alignment tool, it is similar with polemaster and the PA i get is amazing. Unfortunately since it has some issues with drivers for my equipment i am thinking of going back to Win but my biggest pet peeve is the polar alignment of my mount. I don't want to spend money on another camera right now so i am interested in software that can achieve the same thing like polemaster with the use of my imaging camera, i know there is the pro version of sharpcap but i don't think it can use the atik 383l+. I would like any suggestions about an equivalent software for polemaster.
  12. A couple of months ago i bought for my canon eos 450d a samyang 14mm f2.8 and i am struggling with a halo/comma issue. When i take images at f2.8 even though i am focused i have at the stars a halo/comma which is not uniform at the whole image. If i take images at f4 this issue is not that much visible. The lens is brand new with no visible problems (aka hits) and i use no adaptors for the camera. Also the focusing for this lens is at the 2-3 m mark on the ring rather than infinity is this normal? i would like some opinions on the matter before i return the lens. here is a sample image at 15sec iso800 f2.8
  13. from the moment you establish a connection to your pc via the hand controller it becomes obsolete, you have control of your mount via CdC and EQMod. In order to center the star at your FOV you use EQMod with the help of a joystick/gamepad, once you center the star at your FOV, CdC has a button at the toolbar that says sync, before pressing that button you must first click on the star you are centered so the program will select that star as an alignment star. CdC only needs a location and the time for slewing to a target. APT is short for Astro Photography Tool a software for capturing images via DSLR. Plate Solving is a method where using software the computer calculates form a captured image the celestial coordinates and syncs the mount, it is a very useful method at astrophotography for pointing and framing.
  14. After you install EQMOD and CdC make sure that at both programs the location is set up. After that make sure you disable the limits on the mount, i have them disabled but they exist in case you want to protect your equipment from any accidental hit of the scope to the tripod, also the mount will stop in case it hits the meridian, i think this is what happened at your case the scope slew past the meridian and then the limits kicked in and the mount stopped. The way to reset is to park the mount, and then unpark. EQMod has a polar alignment tool. The way this works is to have the limits disabled and through that tool first set a home position for the polar scope and then perform a polar alignment, after that you can sync and slew to your target via CdC. When it comes to CdC you can select a target via the program for the mount to slew and then perform a sync action via the icon in CdC. What i do is first is via EQMod to reset the sync data and then go to a star, center it at my camera and then sync at CdC.
  15. Thank you very much for your help, i was worried that my camera was going to die
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