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Everything posted by wornish

  1. I have taken the advice from RadekK and downloaded astroberry to try on my new RPi3B+. After a few teething problems because of a slightly low 5V supply, I have managed to get Indi / Kstars and PHD2 up and running and being accessed over WiFi. I have updated Ubuntu from 16 to 18 and all still works, this allows me to use extra drivers in Indi. I think I am going to need a WiFi extender though as the one in the RPi does not have a very long range I am told. So progress is being made.
  2. Excellent detail. I have the Esprit100 and the ZWO AS1600Mpro. Definitely one for my list.
  3. Thanks for the replies but there is no explanation of the steps needed to load exactly what software on the RPi and what software on the remote controlling computer if its running Windows. Indi is not fully supported on Windows even today according to their website. Its a minefield of issues, which most posts seem to gloss over, or drown you in lots of technical info which never actually come to a working solution. I am looking at indigo which could be the way forward but it's still effectively in Beta and not solid, but shows promise. Remote control of your total imaging system and mount etc is certainly not ready for non-techies who want to get into the warm! I use APT as my main application which in the next version is promising indigo support and that will make a big difference if it delivers.
  4. Thanks, I have read her long post but it seems she only controls the focuser and camera, not the mount. I am sure someone is doing it but I can't find them on here.
  5. I have searched this forum but can't find any post where someone is actually controlling their mount remotely using a Rasberry Pi at the mount end. What software needs to run on the Rpi to actually connect to the mount? Any help or links appreciated.
  6. I have now added a few more frames from last night. This is a total of 34 x 180sec subs 8 each R, G, and B 10 x Lum. Not sure about the colour balancing. This was processed using APP ( which is amazing). and finished off in PS.
  7. This is still a work in progress Just 5 x 180 sec each R G B so far tonight. Conditions are best for weeks if not months.
  8. Might be worth having a look at the Pixinsight benchmark results to help you choose. http://pixinsight.com/benchmark/
  9. Thanks for sharing this. Not heard of NINA before. I will certainly give it a go.
  10. Not really sure it is but might be a factor.
  11. Might be a wild guess and not relevant but is Java at the same release level in both machines?
  12. I know everyone does this but it was my first time out this year. 20 x 30sec R, G and B + 20 x 60 sec Ha and OIII
  13. You are not the only one with experience, I have a degree in electronic engineering and started designing mainframe computers back in the early 1970's. Putting any electronic device on a radiator is simply asking for trouble IMHO. As you say its best for people to make their own choice.
  14. I would certainly not put a laptop on a radiator even if it is powered off. You are risking serious damage to the disk drive and the display due to thermal shock. You will also stress all the soldered connections and accelerate the formation of dry joints. If its wet with dew then simply bring it indoors and wipe the outer surfaces dry with a towel then let it come up to room temperature over a few hours.
  15. I have the Sesto Senso and it works great. Its so small and very well made.
  16. PI was created as a specific set of tools for professional astrophotographers and this is very different from the approach that more general purpose image processing software like Photoshop have taken. You ask about the Ctrl-A (auto stretch) operation. PI tries to do as much of its processing on your data while its still in its original linear form so that any changes are non-destructive, and also don't add noise to the image. The stretching allows you to see what the final result might look like. Once you get used to it, it becomes second nature. It does have a steep learning curve but can produce amazing results when you get the hang of it. It's certainly not a simple click and play image processing app that you can learn in a few minutes.
  17. APP is a lot easier to use than Pixinsight and gives amazing results. If you do mosaics then again APP wins hands down. Pixinsight gives you more fine control and has a tool for every situation. It comes down to what feels best. You can try them both for free. Nebulosity does stacking pretty well but is not in the same league as the other two.
  18. So paying £10 for software is not for you, instead, you will make a donation to those offering free software. An interesting approach I have to say.
  19. Superb image. Well done.
  20. Fantastic images, you had a really great year.
  21. Thanks for sharing the data. Hope everyone on here has a great 2019 Here is my attempt at processing using APP and PS
  22. Excellent capture. I bought APP for the very same reason. It makes processing mosaics so easy.
  23. Very nice image. One way to reduce the colour bleed is to use deconvolution on the Luminance stack before combining with the RGB . Good tutorial here.
  24. Not aware of these two so thanks for sharing. The audela one was intriguing but on further investigation there has been no activity on its forums for over a year and the original code is very old. Prism lite looks possible but it doesn't seem support ZWO cameras. For the price I think APT takes some beating especially for someone taking their first steps into cooled CCD imaging.
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