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wornish

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  1. This is where you need to use plate solving it makes all the difference. There is quite a choice of free software that will do this for you.
  2. The terminal only version does work on Mac, I use it. The PI version does not work on PI running on a Mac yet, confirmed by the developer.
  3. Not been out for weeks. Ha / OIII . Bi color. struggling with the OIII to get detail. 12 x 300s each Ha and OIII. 2 x 60s each R, G, B to get rgb stars. Processed in APP and PS. Ha/OIII stars removed from integrated image using StarNet and then RGB stars added back after processing.
  4. I have used Sharpcap for nearly two years now and it is so easy and quick I agree. I thought I would give the Ekos polar align tool a go and see how it does. What did you end up using ?
  5. Yes I do have an old iPad Air and I just tried what you suggested it works fantastic. Thank you very much. Now just need the clouds to go away!
  6. I use my iMac Desktop indoors to remotely access my mount using VNC. My mount is running Kstars/Ekos on a RPi4 with Raspbian Buster. The whole system works very well. I am trying to use the Ekos polar alignment tool to replace the need to run Sharpcap for polar alignment which only works on Windows. The Ekos polar alignment tool works very well and at the end of its process starts taking images every second to show the stars with an arrow showing the error in alignment. You then simply adjust the RA/Dec settings until the selected star has moved to the tip of the arrow and alignment is achieved. The problem is this image is only visible on my desktop so if I go out to the mount I can't see it! Seems I have a choice to either run my remote access from a laptop and then take that out to the mount for polar alignment or maybe there is someway I could use my mobile phone. I have had a look at KStars Lite which does seem to work fine on my Nokia phone but it cant access the polar alignment tool running on the mount. On reading some of the forums it says it might be possible in future to do that but no date given. Is KStars Lite under active development as all the sites I can find don't say very much? Anyone got any alternative ideas?
  7. Probably overdone it but this is just 10 min using Photoshop.
  8. MacOS Catalina is now launched so be careful. For Adobe products here is a list of known issues. https://community.adobe.com/t5/Photoshop/Does-Photoshop-work-with-Catalina/td-p/10654955
  9. The imminent release of the latest MacOS to 10.15 has some significant changes. 32 bit apps will no longer be supported so be careful before taking the plunge. I am guessing that PS. PI and APP will all need to be updated as well so patience will be needed.
  10. I use Photoshop CC and it works fine on 16bit images as far as I can tell. What functions don't work?
  11. As Ruud says you get that if there is no image open.
  12. I have the Noels Actions v 1.6. Cant see where the Image Adjustments you refer to are located?
  13. Can you post your image to show what your problem is?
  14. I had the similar issue on Stellarium. It can be found if you enable the SH catalogue and look for SH 2-157.
  15. Yes its possible to add stars back in. Its best though to start from the original raw image from the stacking process. Starting with a jpg loses lots of info. If you post the original I will give it another go.
  16. You have captured a lot more than this image shows. Hope you don't mind but I ran it through StarNet to remove the stars then did a simple stretch in PS. This is what's there even using your posted jpg.
  17. If you plan on using WiFi then you might need a separate antenna as the range is significantly impacted by cooled cases. Some useful info here. https://www.martinrowan.co.uk/2019/08/wifi-signal-strength-with-raspberry-pi-4-cases/ and here https://www.martinrowan.co.uk/2019/09/raspberry-pi-4-cases-temperature-and-cpu-throttling-under-load/
  18. With the right adapter then yes. But care is needed in selecting the right one as not all work. Its explained all in the 2nd Link. If you look at the benchmarks on the third link some combinations score over 10000 on the storage benchmark that's 10 X faster than a standard SD Card. But the costs go up significantly to get to that speed.
  19. Read the 2nd link in my first post it explains how to get around the boot limitation. I used a Startech 2.5″ SATA SSD adapter cable with a Kingston SSD A400 Solid State Drive (2.5 Inch SATA 3), 120 GB. The SSD is the same dimensions as the RPi case and is approx 3mm deep so no way as big as you think. If you run a storage benchmark to compare using SD Card or SSD the numbers speak for themselves: - Original SD card only the score was 1025 With the SSD its 8430. Effectively 8X. faster. And when you run Kstars and Ekos they feel superb.
  20. If you look at my post on this forum moving to the RPi4 it provides a link to scripts that install everything that's Astroberry does and some more. They work great using Rasbian Buster Desktop on the RPi4.
  21. Running simply from an SD Card the speed difference is marginal. BUT switch to an SSD and it is simply mind-blowing . See the links in my first post.
  22. Like a lot of people on here, I have been using the Raspberry Pi for running all my astronomy gear. I have been running Astroberry on my Raspberry Pi 3B+. The Astroberry system comes with KStars, INDI and PHD2 and works superbly well. The only downside is that it takes quite a while to use the inbuilt astrometry app to help you with targeting. Also, saving large images over Wifi takes some time. So the recent announcement of the RaspberryPi4 with 4GB memory sounded like real step forward. Astroberry only runs on Ubuntu so that became a stumbling block for the move to the RPi4. At the time of writing Ubuntu is still not officially available. I know the author of Astroberry is planning on doing a version 2 for the RPi4 sometime in the future. So I have been looking around the web for alternative approaches and have found two very useful sites. The first is a repository called AstroPi3 which provides free scripts to auto setup a full astronomy config that includes Kstars, PHD2, INDI and more on a raspberry Pi, or other Single Board Computers (SBC's) running Ubuntu or Raspbian. So for the first time it is possible to run this on a RPi4. https://github.com/rlancaste/AstroPi3/blob/master/README.md The second site is run by James A Chambers and he explains how to make use of the high speed storage possibility that the RPi4 now has with its USB3 ports. At the moment USB boot is not available for the RPi4 but that doesn't mean you can't get around it and use high speed SSDs to run the system instead of slow SDCards. https://jamesachambers.com/raspberry-pi-4-usb-boot-config-guide-for-ssd-flash-drives/ There is a storage benchmark that shows just what a difference you get by using a low cost SSD instead. Its simply amazing the difference in performance you get. https://jamesachambers.com/raspberry-pi-storage-benchmarks/ I ran the benchmark on my RPi4 with just a standard 16GB SDCard installed running Raspbian Buster. The benchmark score was 1025. Even using slightly faster SDCards still makes very little difference so not worth it. The RPi4 performance was not impressive and to be honest it felt no faster than the RPi3. Then I followed the instructions on James Chambers site and changed the system to boot and run off a SSD. It took me two goes to get it right but the difference is just amazing. The new benchmark score was 8430 ! The system runs faster than my i5 Windows 10 laptop not joking. So having moved to SSD for around £30 with the recommended USB3 SATA adapter and a Kingston SSD I then used the script from rlancaste site to install all the required apps. It worked flawlessly. The last piece of the puzzle is that the RPi4 runs much hotter than the earlier versions so needs either a case with a cooling fan or one than has a built in large heatsink. The standard "official case has neither and it really is not fit for purpose. Add to the challenge that large metal cases can severely reduce the WiFi range means there is no easy solution. This site gives you an idea of what's out there and what works. https://www.martinrowan.co.uk/2019/09/raspberry-pi-4-cases-temperature-and-cpu-throttling-under-load/ I have just ordered the Flirc case today as that seems the best compromise and has just come back in stock after being sold out. Hope the links above help others thinking about going down the Raspberry Pi path.
  23. Its probably because you only have the ORIG Norm layer selected when you save the image. Make sure all three layers are selected then Flatten the image to a single layer. ( Top Menu : Layer - Flatten Image) Then save the image.
  24. Thanks for the responses so far. What I am learning is do the numbers first , which I intend to do, hence this post. I plan on using the camera I already have i.e. the ASI1600MM. My location here in Cheshire has Bortle 4 - 5 Sky when the clouds eventually clear, which does happen occasionally if my memory serves me well! I think my PHD guiding is just above 1"/pixel so far without any real tuning but might be wrong.
  25. Want to go for smaller deep sky astrophoto targets so thinking about adding a reflector to use when my Esprit 100 refractor won't cut it. It is a great scope but only 550mm focal length. These are on my short list. Celestron Edge HD 9.25 OTA. Focal Length 2350 Meade F/8 ACF 10" OTA. Focal Length 2032 iOptron Photron RC10 OTA. Focal Length 2000 Am I expecting too much from my mount AZ-EQ6-GT to handle this focal length ? Anyone got any comments on which of the three is the best bet ? Any other OTA I should consider? Thanks for any input.
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