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Bill S

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  1. Hello I have managed to have this same problem in Version 3.3 and that is why I have re-awakened this thread. I had renamed a parent folder so SLL was trying to look at a folder that no longer existed (at least where it expected it). I thought it might be useful in case anyone else has the same problem. I was using Windows 10 Home 32 bit. This was the message I got. Best regards Bill
  2. Martin Excellent shots. Have you got room for a focal reducer if you want more FOV? Possibly not worth it for occasional use and a bit of a performance putting it in refocussing etc. Bill
  3. Great images again thanks to you and Jocular. Also, I don't remember coming across the WBL groups. Thanks for drawing attention to them. I see there is a bit of information on the web about them. I'll have to check them out. Best regards Bill
  4. Hello Martin It looks very impressive, including the explanations in the videos. I'm certainly interested in testing it if you need any more testers. I have Windows 10 laptops of different power. Two core Centrino running 32 bit Windows from way back when used for imaging control of scope etc and a Core i5 running 64 bit. I'd probably need a bit of hand holding with regards to how to install things. I've not used Python. I have a Lodestar X2.
  5. Hello Managed to get a look at Comet 21P recently with the 200 mm Newtonian, 0.5X reducer, Lodestar X2 using Starlight live. Here's one of my snapshots. Well it does look a bit like a comet is supposed to look.
  6. I have been having a go with some plate solving programmes to see if I could use one to identify and label objects. I've finally settled on All Sky Platesolver for now. (See http://www.astrogb.com/) Here are some images from a few days ago. I decided to look at some images from the past including this one of M33 from a while back. So, I find I've managed to capture objects that I had not realised were showing up. Note that I converted the png files to jpg before solving. (ASP does not work on png files and I found jpg files seemed to work better than fits.) May be of interest to others.
  7. Thanks for all the hard work on this. Downloaded with just a few failed downloads that were restarted and then they picked up from where they had got to and completed successfully. A couple of Orion files seemed corrupted when downloaded as part of a seasonal set so downloaded the constellation separately and then OK. Bill
  8. Good to see this. As you say you work with what you've got and you got some good results with this. Thank you for sharing.
  9. Thanks stash_old that answers my question. As you say impressive after stacking just two images.
  10. Good picture. Lots of detail and good coloir. One question. Is this one the result of stacking 2 images or 20 images? Also, I am wondering what mount and scope are you using to get this with no guiding and 60 second subs?
  11. Thank you for the comments and likes. Martin - you are right. I did not use darks so that may well explain the banding. Paul gives us these features and then I don't use them. Tut tut.
  12. Hello Here are a couple of shots I took early Monday morning. One is of comet Johnson (C/2015 V2). As usual with StarlightLive but used Photoshop to give a bit more contrast to show the tail better. The other is of the Fireworks Galaxy (NGC 6946) showing its supernova (SN 2017eaw) discovered by Patrick Wiggins. I've rotated my picture (above) by 180 degrees to make it comparable to the one in the Sky and Telescope online article (below): The full S&T article is here: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/observing-news/possible-bright-supernova-discovered-in-fireworks-galaxy-ngc-6946/ My pictures all thanks to the Lodestar X2 and StarightLive. Thanks Paul!
  13. Hello Shera Well, it's actually a picture that has got a lot going for it. It's quite sharp. The over exposure of the planet itself has meant that two of the moons have come out well. If you use a planetarium program such as Cartes du Ciel or Stellarium set for the time you took the picture you should be able to say which ones they are. If you had managed to expose for the planet then the moons would probably not have shown up. You may be able to get the exposure you want with your phone camera by setting the metering to spot metering if that facility is available on your phone's camera app. Alternatively there are some apps you can download that are intended to give you more control of the camera (manual rather than automatic). I don't speak from experience - just from looking on Google. Regarding a webcam (or a dedicated planetary camera) it is normal to use these without an eyepiece or the webcam's lens. A Barlow lens can be used to increase the size of the image but otherwise the camera is used at the prime focus. That's to say the objective lens or mirror of the telescope projects the image directly onto the camera's sensor. The alternative approach where the image is produced through the eyepiece together with the camera's lens is called the afocal method and is what you are doing when you use your mobile phone together with the eyepiece. The main thing is to give it a go. I've managed to get some tolerable images in the past with a point and shoot camera hand held to the eyepiece so it may well be possible with your phone.
  14. Thanks for the useful comments and guidance Nytecam. Just to be sure we're talking about the right / same Starlight Xpress software (as distinct from StarLight Live), the one I am using for the colour Lodestar X2 is called 'LodestarC software' on the Starlight Xpress website. Is that right. I've only used it a little bit and then only when I've located and focussed an object with SLL. Thanks again.
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    Great picture. Good to see the central star at magnitude 15 too.
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