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About Dazzyt66

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  1. Thanks Aramcheck - thats exactly what I ended up with using too. The other thing I've decided to use (which I'd forgotten I had) is a red dot finder - which I used all the time with my dob.I think that will make a big difference too - cos if I can see em with my eyes then it's all good!
  2. Hi all, After a break from any significant observing while we moved into a new house, last night I decided to have an extended period in the garden (well, what else can you do nowadays!). So, my problem is this: I've mainly used my HEQ5/MAK150/Synscan app setup from darker sites, apart from the odd lunar planetary from my garden which is north facing. It was never dark here (just outside of Donny) but now the housing estate Im on has taken shape, I'm struggling with my new aspect (our old garden was south facing). I don't have low horizon views due to other houses, but have a good view westerly and easterly. Polaris and the usual very bright suspects are OK, but I'm struggling to find even two stars for an alignment. Single star is fine if I use Venus or the Moon or anything else that is 'stand out bright' but I'm finding second star choices from the app after the initial star almost impossible - even Castor and Pollux were hard to find in the finder if they didn't initially get put into view. Any hints or advice? I'd really like to be able to see something apart from planets and whilst I know it wont be ideal from a light polluted area surely I must be able to do something with the Synscan before selling it and going back to my old dobby days and doing it all manually - which was the reason I got the synscan in the first place - to speed up my observing success. Thanks for reading. :)
  3. Hey, Thats ok, if you are only doing visual stuff, just do a rough alignment north using a compass and set your elevation. The alignment process after that should get you pretty much bang on. HTH.
  4. I dunno Des, I have no knowledge of AVX but the Synscan app is designed to be used with Synscan compatible mounts (either EQ or Alt/Az)...
  5. Hi @TPF Glad you found the guide useful. You will need to do a rough polar alignment (unless you are doing photography which will need an accurate setup). Search YouTube on polar alignment if you need help on this - there are some simple guides there. So, for rough, just point the scope north, at the approximate elevation, unless at night and you can see Polaris and do it properly. If doing it in daylight just point north at approximate elevation. You should then be able to test the setup with a ‘single star’ alignment using either the moon or Venus (depending on time of day and visibility obvs). Hope that helps! Stellarium is a great addition to have, it’s more than just an app, it’s a great way to explore the sky virtually as well as using it to control your nights out - but it takes a bit of additional setup. Daz
  6. To get that message may be because I always ‘park’ mine at the end of a session. Under utilities I think...
  7. On mine when It starts it says something like: ‘start from saved settings’ or something like that. I always hit ‘no’ cos I always have my mount and scope in different places when I start. I haven’t had any problems so far. Well done for sticking with it. It can be a pain when things don’t go right. I haven’t managed to see Jupiter yet this year as it’s always benn in wrong position (I have limited views south) or the weather gets in the way. I’ll keep trying though ?
  8. You know what, I did, and it now works fine! Well, on initial look it works better than before and it keeps the TIF at the level it was saved! More experimenting for me now then... although I do think I’ll get StarTools too! ?
  9. Thanks for these. I have indeed (for now) given up on GIMP. My future spend goes on StarTools. Although I might get BYE first... I’ve indeed had some promising widefield practice shots with Stacey and she defo has potential... I’m gonna do a Mak comparison against M101 and see how they stack up (no pun intended) lol... ok, maybe there was... ? I just need two clear nights....
  10. Thanks Louise. Have tried all combinations now with GIMP and it either: Keeps the image at 8 bit initially, although you can convert it, the quality is still shocking, or If I edit import preferences to promote to floating point, it will open most TIF versions, keeps them at 32 bit but quality looks similar to 8 bit... So, I think StarTools is the winner come next months spending money...
  11. Oooooh, OK, so it leaves it at 8 bit initially, but what should I be setting it to? I’m using a TIF from DSS so 16 bit? And then it asks: integer or floating point and Perceptual gamma or linear light? #confused.com
  12. Yep, have had a good result with both FITS and TIF in ST ?
  13. I’m using someone else’s raw data which I know will give good results. I can get a great image when using StarTools following a guide I found, I just can’t seem to even get close to something similar in GIMP although I have seen others have. I’m rechecking all settings now to check it’s not user error... which it very well could be... lol
  14. Hi, I’ve been experimenting processing stacked .tif images from DSS. Whilst I can get fairly decent processing done in StarTools from the output tif of DSS, if I use GIMP to try and do anything, even basic levelling, it just looks ‘blocky’ i.e. far less initial image quality. Even if I just mess around with windows picture editor I get better results than GIMP v 2.10. Surely this can’t be right for something that’s meant to be a rival to PS? The reason I am asking is before I get a license for StarTools can GIMP do similar for free?
  15. Are you doing any kind of polar alignment before you start. Doesn’t need to be accurate if you are only observing but needs to be roughly aligned north even just with a compass? I did this the other evening with a single star alignment on Venus before it even went dark and it was still accurate enough to get other bright stars and the moon almost central to the finder every time? You say you have to ‘shove it’ to bring it into view - you are doing this using the app and slewing rather than just moving the mount manually?
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