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  1. Since I posted my previous image of the Cave Nebula on 5th Sept ... I have now added an extra 3x1200sec Oiii and Sii subs to my collection and reprocessed them all. By adding the extra subs I can really see the difference!!! This has been a really challenging DSO and I have learned a great deal from doing it. I am happy with my final result ... it is time to move onto another object Mike
  2. I am attaching my latest version of SH2-155 .... I started taking images last February and have recently added a few more HSO subs to try to get more details and colour. I hesitated posting it as I have found this DSO very challenging and have had to use just about every trick processing it in PixInsight and Photoshop to get this far. I am certain that I can improve it further by adding more subs when the weather allows. So far I have managed to obtain 18 assorted 600sec HSO files ..... I think that I will be trying for some 1200sec subs. Mike
  3. Hi Steve ... Could your problem be a bad connection somewhere either on the power supply or the connection to the computer? My AAG Cloudwatcher works perfectly using a LINDY Serial to USB connector/adapter on my Win10Pro laptop. Mike
  4. Yes .... I think that is the one Many thanks for jogging my memory! So ... are you implying that PixInsight will cope with aligning and adjusting a collection of subs that have been produced by different scope/camera set-ups and probably different alignments??? Cheers Mike
  5. Hi ... can anybody please help me? Some time ago I remember reading about a piece of software that can combine images from different scopes with different fields of view ... it looked like it coped with this problem very easily ... BUT ... I cannot remember which software it was :-((( I am hoping to combine sets of subs ,from possibly up to 3 different scopes, in the coming months but need to prepare in advance! Cheers Mike
  6. Hi John ... If I remember correctly there are two versions of Starnet++ that can be downloaded for Win10 computers .... " StarNet_Win" and also "StarNet_PI ". The "Win" version is a standalone version .... and the "Pi" version works as a module inside PixInsight. I got Starnet to work inside PixInsight without much hassle .... there was a "read Me " file in the zipped download folder giving instructions how to install it into Pix Mike
  7. Hi .... you should find it at " https://sourceforge.net/projects/starnet/ " .... I am pretty certain that I got it from the link shown on this screen .... it was some time ago now :-) Cheers Mike
  8. I use a program called "SEQUENCE" .... it comes with my ASA mount and is used in conjunction with MaxIm DL to do a perrrfect job. I could use Maxim DL on its own ... but this "Sequence" software does the job even better. However ( I am pretty certain ) it does not work on any other type of mount .... but it is worth a mention for the sake of completeness. Mike
  9. Hi again Ole .. I have a batch of LRGB images that I am hoping to find time to process soon .... I can see that at least 30%+ have got satellite trails. I am a bit of a novice with PixInsight ( at the minute) ..... so can I ask if PI will remove all ( or much reduce ) all of these trails using the " Image_Integration" process in PI??? Or are there more processes that I need to consider along the way??? If the "Image_Integration" process is the main option in PI to remove the rails ... what settings do I need to look out for to give me the best results? Cheers Mike
  10. Astrometrica does the job .... I found that it took me quite a while to get used to how it works .... but it is worthwhile once you understand how to use it. I have been tracking some faint asteroids recently and found out that my scope & camera needs to have exposures 500 sec and upwards in order to easily spot objects fainter than mag16. Mike
  11. Hi Ole ... Can I ask what software you are using to remove the tails? PixInsight maybe??? Mike
  12. The attached image shows what I found on a single 500 second exposure last night ..... if you look carefully you should see 8 parallel satellite tracks!!! Is this the end of astro-imaging???? Do I sell my kit now ? Mike
  13. When I first set up my garden obsy I spent quite a lot of time making up an exterior quality Ethernet cable plus wiring up the connectors at both ends ( very tricky .... and needed a special tool to crimp connectors ... and also a special tester to check that all connections were correct before I linked things up ! ) and ran it down from my BT router to my obsy .... about 20 meters away. It worked fine :-)))) However .... soon after I discovered that my obsy laptop could pick up the signal direct from my new BT Router inside my house ! ...... so basically I wasted my time :-((((
  14. A second opportunity to image Comet Atlas this week. This time I did 19x60sec images with just the Lum filter .... at about 21:45 hrs Spotted a couple of faint galaxies as well
  15. Hi .... On Saturday evening I managed to blow the cobwebs off my set-up after several months of in activity due to poor weather ... and get some shots of Comet Atlas. It is well over a year since I have tried to image a comet so I have a lot to re-remember how to go about it! I took 15 x 100 sec images using only the Luminance filter. After calibrating these in MaximDL I aligned the stacked images on the actual comet rather than the stars. I am amazed just how far the comet moved in just over 30mins judging by the lengths of the star trails! At the next opportunity I will try out shorter exposures ... probably 60 sec each .... thus reducing the movement of the actual comet during each exposure.
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