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About john2y

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  1. Turns out it was loose connection of the GPS module to the main board. When I disassembled it and pushed the connector back all the way it started working, indoors, outside, everywhere ?
  2. I contacted iOptron and they've send me a manual on how to reset the gps and if that doesn't work, I'm to send the module for replacing.
  3. I did, there was no obstruction for 50 meters...nothing.
  4. Hey guys, so I finally got a new mount and I was really excited about it, but after few nights with it I never got a GPS to connect, all I have is GPS ON. Only time it ever connected was in my room when I was testing it but when I take it on the balcony or even to garden, nothing. I'm running the newest firmware on all parts but it just won't connect. Any ideas how to fix this? Jan
  5. Great data but I think you should've done more sample stars all over the image in the dynamic alignment as some stars are not round meaning that the alignment wasn't perfect. Also for processing I would use NBRGB combination script. Then when everything combined I'd make couple of colour masks and played with curves to achieve wanted colours and then process just the stars from RGB and overlay them in PS. Also don't reduce the stars too much as it tends to make weird shapes in the image.
  6. I'd take a look as well, it looks like you went a little too hard with denoising it. What programs did you use?
  7. That is beautiful, I'm saving up for secondhand 6D and images like these just make me want it even more ?
  8. That is incredible! Absolutely stunning result!
  9. I don't do lunar imaging much as I'm more of the deepsky kind of guy but last week, the weather was supposed to get bad after sun set so I've decided to do the moon at least as there was no point of getting my full rig out. I've done this mosaic using Celestron Mak 127/1500mm and ASI120mm mini which I'm using for guiding and I'm still amazed how good this little cheap camera performs. I took 25 panels each consisting of 2000 images using Sharpcap. The I stacked everything in Autostakkert 3 and final processing was done in Registax 6. Then I made the mosaic in the Photoshop. Jan
  10. Hey guys, I have couple of questions regarding my future setup, and I wanna hear some opinions. As I'm planning to go to Chile for the eclipse I got skywatcher SAM (I'd go with regular adventurer but I had the opportunity to get this one for a great price) and in Chile I'll be using it with dslr but I thought that at home I could use it with my ASI1600mm as a widefield setup with dslr lenses and here comes my questions. Does any of you have experience with the image quality of this camera when it's uncooled? And the second question, even though I'm planning on getting Samyang 135/2 in the future, do you think it would be possible to squeeze decent quality out of the canon ef 75-300mm? I mean theoretically there would be no chromatic aberration while using nb filter right? Thanks for opinions Jan
  11. Hey guys, so this was the target I was planning getting 30 hours on, 10h for each channel. Well winter said nuh uh so I have one hour of Ha and hour and a half for Oiii and Sii and now when the sky is slightly better I can't see it from my balcony so it's over for this year. I would've post this much earlier but I somehow forgot that I didn't process this one. I processed it in Pixinsight and I'm quite proud about the denoising job I did while saving much of the details so it doesn't look too "ironed out" I've decided to skip the deconvolution even though it would definitely help to make the structures more visible but I probably had bad star mask and it was doing really bad stuff to the stars. I also didn't reduced the stars as I don't feel that it would help anything. Taken with ES 102/714+0.8x reducer with ASI1600MM Pro and ZWO NB filters. P.S. The star above is too bright and it causes microlensing on the sensor, there's nothing I can do about it. It's probably the only bad thing about this camera but I still really love it.
  12. Hey guys, few weeks ago I got myself the EAGLE3 by Primaluce Lab as a replacement of my 8 year old laptop to control my whole setup. Even though I'm saving up for a new mount this was my priority as my laptop refused to start when the battery, optical drive or keyboard were connected so I always had to remove the keyboard, start the laptop and then reconnect it and I was really afraid that it's gonna die on me and I wouldn't be able to shoot. Even though I'm not promoting it in this review I should disclose that I got it for better price as I'm working with Primalucelab on Instagram. I got the EAGLE3 Q which is the same as the base model but with slightly better cpu. It has Intel pentium 1,5GHz quadcore cpu, 4GB of ram and 120GB SSD. The build quality is excellent, I already had their Sesto Senso motorised focuser and I knew that they're doing a great job building these things. The body is anodized aluminium with red finish and the bottom and top parts are filled with holes for easy mounting of it in whatever way you wish to do it. The sides are full of USB ports (4x2.0 + 4x3.0), it has three ports for heating and the back has 4 power outputs for powering your gear. The Eagle has Windows 10 Enterprise edition and on startup it launches their control software, so you can decide what to power and what ports will be active. It took me a while to get everything ready for imaging as I had to install all drivers, and programs. The only problem I had was with SGP not seeing my mount but it turned out I forgot to install driver for the RS-232 to USB converter, after that it worked flawlessly. Then I spent couple of nights just catching some bugs in form of tweaking settings. Integrating it into my imaging train was quite easy and I've decided to sandwich it between my main telescope and guidescope, probably most used type of integration. I got mine with better power adapter which can provide sufficient power to the eagle so it can power other things like camera cooler and ZWO power adapter. I'm planning on getting a new mount soon so I'll be getting power cable for it too and also for the focuser so my setup will have just one power cable coming out of it. The cable management with this thing is awesome. No hanging cables anymore and I got rid of the power brick for my ASI camera which I had attached with velcro to one of the tripod legs and it had bad habit of falling and pulling on my telescope while imaging. Pros: It is durable, quite fast pc, it can control your whole setup and cable managing is great with it. Cons: Definitely price, there are way cheaper options like ASIAIR. So far I haven't figured out how to reliably control it with TeamViewer without it loosing the connection so I'm forced to use Remote desktop. Also my unit hat only 40GBs of storage when I got it and the rest was locked in hidden partition but this was fixed immediately when I contacted the tech support. I really love this thing as it solved the problems I had with my old pc and I finally control everything remotely. The cable management is as I've said awesome and build quality too. BUT to be completely honest I wouldn't get it for the full price, I was actually looking for a miniPC something like Intel nuc which is half the price. What I'm trying to say is that with a little bit more work and a few compromises, you can get quite close to the Eagle with cheaper alternatives. On the other hand, the Eagle is made for astrophotography and it will make things much easier. I hope this can help out some people who are considering purchasing this thing and I also hope I didn't butcher the English too much ? Here is the timelapse from the first night where everything worked as it should be, completely controlled by the eagle.
  13. Hey guys, I'm planning on getting CEM60 this spring and I can't decide whether I should buy it with the regular iOptron tripod or if I should invest in the Tri-pier. I'm mostly shooting from the balcony and what interests me the most about the tri-pier is whether you can rotate the legs around the pier or if it's fixed to some position since I would want to put it as close to the railing as possible and with tripod I can't do that. Also what's the maximal height you can set the tri-pier to? Because it would be useless if I could put it really close to the railing and the counterweight bar would start hitting it. Thanks for replies Jan
  14. This is some incredible detail. Well done!
  15. Great data, like the wide field from yesterday, just don't pull so hard on those curves, I know you're trying to bring up as much nebulosity as you can but less is more, try to process it with just gentle pulling those curves and don't denoise it that much, you're loosing details because of it. What are you using for post processing?
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