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  1. I am just getting into uploading images of Comets to the BAA Comet section. I have been told that it is useful to add information about the "field size" of my cropped images ( maybe also of the original uncropped version .. not sure about this at the minute! ) and also what the "scale" is in units of "/pixel. I am racking my brains out trying to how best get this information and I am not getting very far I am using MaximDL and Astrometrica mainly ... but I have other software tucked away that might be of use. My equipment is shown in my sig below ... but I can add it her
  2. Two ways to do this .... (1) Click on the "Frame" icon at top right of screen and select the method that you want ... however I am not 100% sure if this makes a permanent change every time you open up the prog. (2) Open up the "Edit" section at top left of screen and then click on "User Preferences" ... I think makes the changes permanent until you re-set Mike
  3. Adam and Terry .... many thanks for the replies. You have given some every useful information here Merry Christmas! Mike
  4. I spent a bit of time yesterday trying out the “MureDenoise” script in Pixinsight but I am having difficulty in working out the correct settings to suit my camera which is a Moravian G2 8300 Mark II CCD mono. The MureDenoise settings that I need to adjust or calculate are .. 1) In the “MureDenoise Detector Area box” … the “GAIN” in units of e-/DN and “GAUSSIAN NOISE” in units of DN 2) In the “Denoise Box” … the “Variance Scale” I have been trawling the ‘net but I am having trouble finding out how to find/calculate these values for my ow
  5. I have been using CalSky to give me very accurate coordinates of Asteroids, NEO's and Comets so that I can image them when the weather allows for the last couple of years. Now CalSky is "gone" :-(((( I am lost without it ! Can anybody please give me some pointers to which part ( or parts ) of the MPC web site will help me get this information without undue waste of time??? It seems to be a huge complex mass of info and separate sections at the minute. Cheers Mike
  6. Hi ... Out of sheer desperation for the lack of clear skies, for weeks on end, here in Nottinghamshire I decided to try out the remote facilities run by "Telescope Live" in Chile. I thought at least I could try to improve my processing in PixInsight while I wait for clear skies here! Object: NGC 2467 (Skull and Crossbones Nebula) in the Constellation Puppis Location: El Sauce Observatory, Río Hurtado, Coquimbo Region, Chile Telescope: ASA 500N Camera: FLI PL 16083 Date of observations: 29th Oct to 15th Nov 2020 Filters: 6x600sec Ha/Sii/Oiii and 1x600s
  7. Hi Nigel ... Many thanks for taking the time to give me a suggestion. I spend quite a lot of time looking for the link where you suggested and I also spent a lot of time trying to find any mention in the Aladin manual .... I failed on both counts However ... I eventually discovered that I could easily specify which coordinates I needed ( J2000) in the Edit/User Preferences drop box on the top left strip :-))) Bingo! Mike
  8. Hi …. Can anybody help me? I can enter in two types of celestial coordinates into my scope guiding software. I can enter either “RA (Real) & DEC (Real)" in one set data entry boxes … or … I can enter “RA (2000) & DEC (2000)" into another set of boxes ….. whichever set of boxes I fill in the software automatically fills in the other empty boxes. I am currently using “Aladin” to frame my planned image and also to accurately get the coordinates which I use in my scope guiding software. My problem, despite trying, is that I don’t know if the coordinate
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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