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Everything posted by Grierson

  1. The dealer who sold it perhaps?
  2. Personally I found ‘Inside Pixinsight’ hard going when I started to use the software. Astrodudes series of very basic twelve videos helped a lot.
  3. I would agree with happy-kat. Pixinsight is of course Astro specific and has IMVHO a steep learning curve. I run an early version of Lightroom which I would miss for terrestrial photography
  4. Thanks for the further reply vlaiv. Now I have decide how many of such leds are needed and where to get them from. I see flea-bay has rolls but it’s not clear what spec. they are or indeed whether the roll can be cut up. Problems. Problems!
  5. Thanks vlaiv, could you just elaborate on the description ‘broadband type of leds’. I’ve not come across this as applied to leds.
  6. Thanks for the thought souls, but I was really looking for LED or bulb recommendations for fitting in the back of a box into which will be mounted white Perspex. The whole thing to be slid over the ‘scope shield.
  7. Hi everyone, l have finally decided I must include flats in my astro photography workflow. I am building a light box but I’m undecided as to what to use as a light source. I wonder if there is any concensous on what the best approach is. Any comment would be appreciated.
  8. You could go the ASIAIR route. It will support your DSLR but the interface is iOS or Android..
  9. Thanks again both. That’s the approach I would have taken with a terrestrial camera/lens combo but it does not seem to work with my astro imaging set up. No bunnies show until the subs have been stacked. I thought perhaps there may be a quick software tweak that may show them up. However I will have another go!
  10. Yes, thank you Vlaiv. I just wondered if there may be a simple way of checking which may provide an instant answer. I must admit to not using Flats, I only take Darks. Clearly I will have to develop my imaging routine.
  11. Although I am no longer a beginner I am still in the foothills of the learning curve. For the first time this week, since I started imaging, images from two nights have suffered with what I believe to be dust. 3-4 darker circles appearing, but only visible, after stacking and extracting the background from my stacked subs. (I’m currently using an ASI294 OSC) I’ve cleaned the glass in the optical path but short of doing a full imaging session I wonder if there is any way of checking that the issue has ‘gone away’! Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks.
  12. I would be inclined to replace the cable before delving in to the mount. Having said that getting at the power socket is not difficult.
  13. In which case I would be inclined to bite the bullet and invest in the Lynx item.
  14. I’m not sure. Typing in the name to the FLO site brings up the Lynx version. A quick call to them should clarify. (Or, if it was me, I’d cross my fingers, plug it in and try it. )
  15. Bear in mind that you will need the Lynx Astro EQDIR Adapter cable from FLO.
  16. Using EQMod would simplify the whole thing, doing away with the handset and if you can accept the more limited number of targets. In my experience you do need to do a one star alignment if you are to use SkySafari/HEQ5 combination. Have a look at the early manual that ZWO published. When I tried I did put the co-ordinates in to the handset but I’m not sure that’s necessary. As stated I don’t now use the handset making for a significant tidying up of the cables.
  17. I use Astrodude’s 12 videos for ‘absolute beginners’. A bit lengthy but well worth the effort to understand many of the basics. Google - AstrodudePixinsight
  18. There is of course the Pi based ASIAIR from ZWO which again is prebuilt. Downsides are the cost and the fact that only ZWO cameras are supported (some Canon and Nikon DSLRs have also recently been added) and the interface is either iOS or Android. Upsides are you get the full package including focus, guiding, plate solve, EQMod and so on together with large company support.
  19. I would certainly get it checked out before looking for something else. You ‘might’ save yourself a lot of money!
  20. Yes, thanks. I pose the question as, in my very limited experience, there is enough to overcome for the OP without adding guiding to the mix if it can be avoided in the early days. When I started out a couple of years or so ago I put everything together in the mistaken belief that you simply switched the power on and away you went. Big, big mistake!! Lot of very frustrating times later I finally got guiding right but I would not wish the heart ache on anybody.
  21. Is it fair to say that, despite recommendation above, if the OP opts for a CMOS camera he can forget the added complication of guiding in the early stages?
  22. Or a second hand iPad. I run mine on a 5 year old iPad running iOS ver. 9.3.5. and, as far as I can see, the latest beta version of the ASIair software (ver. 1.08) is only available for the iPad although presumably there will be an Android version in due course.
  23. Many thanks Pierre. I will check them out.
  24. The initial excitement, in Sept/Oct, over the availability of this product seems to have died down. Would any ‘early adopter’ care to share any thoughts on their experience so far?
  25. As a Pixinsight novice can I just put a word in for Asto Dude’s 12 videos for absolute beginners. I havn’t the experience to say whether they are better or worse than others mentioned above but I am finding them very useful.
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