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About edarter

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  1. Where would I get the latest codecs from? Thanks Ed
  2. I haven't done so far no as it's a beta, but will give it a go...
  3. Help! I'm losing the will to live! A couple of weeks ago I was having trouble stacking a few lunar images using Registax and thanks to the good people on here I had some success with Autostakkert. However, after a good evening with the telescope on Saturday I've got 200 images of the moon to stack this time. However, both pieces of software just crash during the process. I've even tried with a small subset of the images (about 12) and the same happens. The software just hangs during the process. Its not as though my laptop is a low spec one, its a core i7 with 16Gb ram and an SSD HDD! Any help greatly appreciated as this is doing my head in! Thanks Ed
  4. I'm pretty new to all this as well but something I found out very quickly was that the mount is at least as important as the camera, especially initially. Most cameras will do the basics well enough to keep you satisfied for a while, but a mount that's not good enough will very quickly frustrate you. You are doing the right thing saving for a mount and not spending the cash on a better camera. Do you homework on mounts before making a purchase and get one that is going to cover your needs for the foreseeable future. I could have got away with an EQ5 for my setup, but I know I will get better / heavier kit at some point so went with an neq6 instead. Worth it in the long run. HTH Ed
  5. hmm... so if I knock down the percentage of frames to be used from 75% to 35% it handles the drizzle ok. There are only 10 frames in total anyway so I wouldn't have thought it would tax the system that much. complete.tif Anyway, have played around with AS!3 and got it to work, then put the resulting image in Regstax to denoise it. Reasonably happy with the result but there still seems to be a lot of noise in there. An artefact of so few frames I guess. Here it is, Canon EOS 7D, 100-400mk1 lens @ 400mm. Top 35% frames of 10 stacked. Now to play with PIPP and see what the results from that are like!
  6. Funny you should say that..... Trying Autostakkert now and as soon as I select drizzle (1.5x) the system grinds to a halt. I'm not sure if AS!3 has locked up or not. Its sat there buffering with used memory stated as 3835 and available 171MB. I've got a corei7 with 16Gb RAM, I thought that would be more than enough. Do I just leave it for a while and see if it works? I should add that without drizzle enabled it worked fine. I wonder if its because the app is 32 bit though..... is there a 64bit version available? I can't see one.
  7. Thanks all, I'm going to try all of these suggestions and see which one works best for me. The moon does drift around in the frame somewhat so thats probably it. I'm using a Canon 7D for these, but have converted to TIFF so not using RAW. Is AS!3 Autostakkert? David - that moon photo is spectacular! Thanks Ed
  8. Hi, I'm hoping that someone can help with a pretty basic issue I'm getting with Registax. I took some DSLR images of the moon the other evening with the intention of stacking them. There are only a few images as its my first attempt at this. I installed Registax and it all seems to be fairly straight forward until it shows me the stacked image. It doesn't seem to have aligned the images at all, just stacked them 'as is'. Below is an example I've done with just two of the images while playing with settings to try and work out what I've been doing wrong, but for the life of me I can't figure it out. I suspect its a pretty basic setting I'm missing and I'm hoping someone here can say 'press that button and it will sort it'.... here's hoping! Thanks Ed
  9. yeah - a bit worried about how bright the moon will be but keen to have a go at something just to get some practice as I've not really done much in the last 18 months. Thanks all, looks like there should be some targets for me to aim for!
  10. Well we are due a clear night in the south of the UK tonight and I'm keen to have a go at a target. Our garden faces west with views across to south and north. Looking at mobile observatory app it looks like there are not many targets available yet over this side of the sky, but north American nebula should be visible. Is it a target worth me having a go at though with a modified eos600d? I have a SW 130pds on an neq6. Thanks
  11. Guys - thank you so much, I get it now! I will give the sanding down option a go first and see how that goes. Think I'll purchase some delrin spacers as well so I have that option ready for when the clouds clear I should indeed consider joining a club as well, something I have long put off due to time issues but I think it needs to be done. Cheers Ed
  12. Thanks alacant, that's making more sense now! I never realised that this part can / should come off when used with the 48mm adaptor! Sounds like I need to reduce the height of the filter ring regardless though. What I don't understand is that the part you have linked to appears to add 5mm to the optical path as well, the same as the filter ring I have, so I'm not sure if it will help or not. Its technical description mentions 3mm and 5mm.
  13. Which bit is the T2 adaptor? I'm really hoping its just a case of me missing something silly like this! The adaptor in my photo is a 48mm one and I can't see anything obvious that comes off either that or the cc
  14. Thanks for the replies everyone. I would prefer to use the m48 as it apparently lets in more light, but I don't use any other filters at the moment, so if my understanding is right I think i am indeed still 3mm too long?
  15. Hi, Having been out of astronomy for about 18 months I'm trying to get back in to it but I'm having some issues with the astro photography side of things. At the point I stopped I was trying to get the required 57.5mm spacing to the sensor on my astro modified EOS600D when using a standard 48mm camera adaptor (Not the Baader one). The advice kindly given at the time was to buy an old 48mm camera filter and remove the glass as this would add the required 2-3mm. I've done that but from all the measurements I've done this seems to add more than 3mm! It looks like it adds 5mm. I initially thought I had just bought a filter who's body was too long but when I compare its dimensions to a Baader spacer ring (bought in error a while ago) they are the same! I've also looked at buying one of these: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p6435 despite them being eye wateringly expensive. But looking through the specs of this its also adding 5mm rather than the 2-3 that I need. I'm completely stumped and any help would be greatly appreciated!! This is what I have, as you can see I have 59.9mm with the filter ring fitted and 54.9mm without :
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