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Everything posted by wornish

  1. As said by others for focusing purposes the Moon and Stars are the same. The distance is effectively infinity as far as the camera is concerned. Its just a lot easier to focus on the moon. Or if you focus on a bright star in the region of M31 by simply turning up the ISO on your Canon to over 5000 and you should be able to see the stars in Live View. Once you have the focus set then turn the ISO back down to 800 or 1600 and take the pics.
  2. I would try focussing on a bright star first, or better still the moon if its up.
  3. For the capture and control side of things then +1 for KStars / Ekos It is one of the best applications available and is constantly kept unto date and adding new functionality. Runs on Mac, Windows and Linux systems. Oh and its FREE. https://edu.kde.org/kstars/#download For post processing PIxinsight and Astro Pixel Processor and PS are the leading packages IMHO but they are NOT Free. If you want free then DSS, GIMP and a few others come to mind.
  4. Catalina only allows 64 bit apps to run. I am not sure but I think WINE Bottler and some of the windows programs it uses are 32 bit. It will be the same with Big Sur when it comes out. I have not updated to Catalina and I am staying with Mojave.
  5. Doing processing of astro imaging is not the same as gaming. I wish it was as simple as some suggest. It depends on the specific software app you want to use. Has it been tuned for GPU or multi thread use? There is no one right answer.
  6. I feel exactly the same and I have used Macs for 18 years. I remember OSX 10 (Cheetah)! Apples decision to drop 32bit apps for no logical reason is very frustrating if you are into astrophotography.
  7. Not sure to be honest. I have intentionally kept my iMac running Mojave 10.14.6 because the later releases seem to stop anything that is not an Apple approved app from working. And with their latest announcements about moving to ARM that situation is going to get even worse.
  8. Have you looked using Wine to wrap Windows programs so they run on your Mac. It's not too difficult to set up. https://www.winehq.org I use PIPP, Registax6 and AstraImage all work great on my iMac. Windows itself is not required.
  9. Congratulations. Its a superb app.
  10. You can get older versions of Kstars from here: https://www.fosshub.com/KStars-old.html Not sure if they will work on 10.11 but worth checking.
  11. All mounts need manual adjustment to do the first polar alignment. If you move your setup location then again a manual alignment is required. Using software tools like Sharcap or PHD2 or many others make it a lot easier. If you want to do DSO astro photography then getting good polar alignment is very important. If its just visual use then polar alignment is a lot less critical or in fact unnecessary for alt -az mounts.
  12. Where did you get the print from.
  13. @Star101 I think the SiTech Servo II Controller driver for your Mesu only runs on Windows. Apparently there is a Ubuntu (Linux) version of the SiTech driver but its not even in a Beta form and is not officially supported or being actively developed, hence no one is using it. So in your case the RPi is a non starter.
  14. Have a look at a Raspberry Pi4. They are a lot cheaper, a lot more capable and just work great. Running Astroberry on an RPi4 gives you all the astro apps you need for FREE. There is a world beyond Windows if you take a look
  15. I think your tif file might not be in 16 bit format. If you saved it from Pixinsight then make sure you select the correct format when saving, it gives you lots of options. Only 16 bit works in Starnet.
  16. If you have a Mac then download KStars for Mac and have play to get a feel for it and decide if you want go forward. https://edu.kde.org/kstars/#download KStars running on MacOS , Windows or Linux has basically the same user interface and behaves the same on each. One very important thing to check before committing is that all your devices are supported. KStars can control your mount, cameras, focuser, guiding, plate solving etc using INDI drivers . These do the same thing that ASCOM drivers do on a Windows system. So have a quick check here to find out what's supported. Most equipment is supported. https://indilib.org/devices.html Then when it comes to getting a RPi. go for the RPi4. with 4GB memory.The standard RPi4 case really is not up to the job as the RPI4 can get hot under heavy load and then it automatically reduces the internal clock speed to force it to run cooler, which can be a pain. So metal cases are better, But most of the metal cases for the RPi4 do seriously impact its WiFi connectabilty, the most popular one (which I use). it the FLIRC case which does have internal heatsinks but less impact on the WiFi. The best and easiest way to get all the apps you need preloaded on the Raspbian Operating system is to use Astroberry. Its FREE, very well supported and does everything something like Stellarmate offers but without the cost. Astroberry also comes with ALL the INDI drivers pre installed. You can find all about it here: https://www.astroberry.io If you read some of my earlier posts on this thread they provide links to get more info. One step I would recommend is getting a USB3 SSD (Flash drive) it makes a huge difference to performance and is way faster than running everything of the SD Card memory. Hope this helps
  17. I use it on my 2017 iMac running macOS Mojave 10.14.6. If you follow the install instructions contained in the download it runs in a terminal window and it works fine. I find it easiest to simply copy the image file I want to process into the same directory that Starnet is installed in and run it from there. Note: it will only work on 16 bit tif files no other format. It won't work on some older Macs due to the Intel chips they have not being able to run certain instructions.
  18. Its normal they are big! Once I have finished the post processing I tend to delete all the intermediate files and just keep a high quality JPG of the final image. I do keep all the original raw data files as well. I you keep all the intermediate files you really do eat up huge amounts of storage.
  19. It arrived today. Will have a look at the moon tonight As expected rain is now forecast for later this week! Update : First image with new scope.
  20. I also use the FLIRC case. It does have a slight impact on the WiFi but is the best I can find of of the all metal ones most of which severely impact WiFi.
  21. Wonder when there will be an INDI driver available fo the CEM70? Or will an existing driver work?
  22. I have just ordered my first reflector a Celestron Edge HD925. can't wait to give it a go.
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