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  1. Hi Adrian Thank you for taking the time to do that. I focused with a Bahtonov Mask checked it in APT HDR was around 1.6. I took my flats by placing a white t-shirt over the lens in a near dusk scenario. I used APT to help me set up the flats with a 16000 ADU. 20 flats, 20 darks and 20 bias. There was approx 17 frames of each at 3m exposures LRGB totaling around 3h 45 minutes in total. I did have some problems in PHD2 at some point. The graph went AWOL! Guiding was averaging 0.72 in general. I inspected each frame. Not sure what to do about the RGB stacked images I just saved each stacked colour as .tiff. Should I be saving them as greyscale? Loaded up each colour seperately in DSS and flats, dark and bias. Stacked good pictures as saved. Used options from many Youtube tutorials. Also to the left of centre mainly looks like my cat got her paws on the canvas Not sure what caused this maybe Dew drips? Regards David
  2. Hi I got my first ever data on M81 been trying to post process this data. Learning but not really getting anything. I just wanted to see if the data was any good. Files are LRGB master .tiff files. I have stacked them with Flat, Darks and Bias. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/skqoxrbe5huosg4/AAAdQ_UEP0XsX0S0b6oBPiiKa?dl=0 If you feel like playing to show me if my data is viable or not would be appreciated. Regards David
  3. Williams Optics Megrez 72 FD (Unused) I bought this as part of my astro imaging setup but never did get it up and running. Brand new, never used, mint condition. Collection Only so you can inspect at your leisure. £325
  4. I easily manged 5 minute expsures last night but decided to collect 3 minute data. Had a problem with snagging on the leg adjusted on the tripod of the EQ6 pro. Got my Guiding to 00.68 averaged over 2 hours. That should be good enough without further fine tuning. I bought Annies Plugin but you have to first convert your stacked images to 16 bit before you load them or all her scripts pop up with errors. Not sure what order you need to do these scripts in as I cant find a video on LRGB using her actions. There is one on youtube but its for HA and O3 staring with colour image. Another clear sky tonight. I guess I will grab some more data on M81 Clear Skies.
  5. Thanks for that. I play if a band too if thats what you do I will try that tomorrow. I have clear skies here and telescope is already out. Going to test some longer exposure times and try to get my phd2 guiding down even more.
  6. Thanks again for you quick replay and advice. I have used Deep sky stacker loaded in Lum pics x 10 and added bias and darks (no flats yet) and created a master tiff file. Done the same as we are speaking for RGB. Whats next on the menu? So just to reiterate I have 4 master tiff files LRGB.
  7. Thank you for that. I am in the very beginning early days. You need the data to be able to produce something. I am gathering data and trying to improve on that so the data is good. I am only on my 4th night out so plenty of time to learn post processing. I have Lightroom and Photoshop. I won't be purchasing Pix Insight which is well outside my buying range as an amateur. I have watched a lot of post processing video's and many do things from many different angles. I suppose it's whatever works for you and whatever you are happy with. Next I am going to experiment in raising exposures to 3 minutes. Just wandering if I use 3 minute exposures for RGB should the Lum be less? or is 3 minutes ok?
  8. This is just raw LRGB data no darks flats or bias. I just loaded them all into deepsky stacker and stacked them all.
  9. Just stacked 10 x 1 min of LRGB in deep sky stacker. Still black and white though not sure why. Forgive me I am a complete beginner. No post processing yet This was really a test to check out my setup and guiding etc. Need to work out best exposure times and make some darks, flats and bias. Using asi1600mm pro gain 76 offset 15 -20c. Any advice would be a god send
  10. Thanks for confirming that. OK i loaded up all my programs in a different order with phd2 last and it now has connected Took a few combinations and tries. Still have issues. Everything connects until I connect phd2 and then it disconnects all my other programs.
  11. Hi yes com3 as it always is just checked it in device manager too. I take it i don't need the telephone connection to by autoguider port anymore as my guide camera is piggy backed to my main cmos camera?
  12. OK i tried that it says does not support st4 so I canged that back to ascom pulsing now eqmod loads and says this.. Com port is not being used by anything else i am running it alone.
  13. I just ran PHD2 as admin and now i get all these options Think it's fixed... Which one should i be using? Heq5/6 as in the rest of my programs?
  14. I'm using version 2.6.6 and mount control is fine,
  15. Yes all installed everything working fine except ths problem. Stellarium scope stellarium APT SGP all running at the same time without faults.
  16. I have connected the telephone type socket cable for st4 guiding between the altair Gpcam and the mount autoguider port. PHD2 now allows me to connect to the ON-Camera option. I hope this will work. I have also configured my eqmod driver to ST4 guiding instead of Ascom Pulseguiding. Any advice would be appreciated. Regards
  17. Hi wondered if anyone could help. I have an old EQ6 Pro mount. There is no ascom driver or sywatcher eq6 mount in the selection in phd2. I have downloaded the skywatcher eq6 drivers from ascom for telescopes and mounts but it just tries to uninstall drivers when I run the setup program everytime i run it. I tried rebooting the pc between installations. These are the only options I get in the mount selection only the Gpint options connect. Everything else works fine via eqmod and all my other software. I have disconnected all my connectons in all software and tried PHD2 on its own. Here is the install screen of the skywatcher eq6 driver from ascom. Even after a computer restart it will do the same thing if I trya nd reinstall again.
  18. Ok the ASPS Plate solving is now working had to sepend the whole day reinstalling windows 10 and setting everything up again Something to do with permissions which i couldnt fix. Partly to do with a corrupted file system. Thanks for all the help guys!
  19. I do have this file. Just one file in the temp dir called Stars.fit. I opened it with notepad++ and screen captured it below. ASPS works on my laptop with the same images i am using here as I am sharing folders from my main pc to laptop. Problem is I want to do all my imaging via PC. Thank you for all the suggestions and help.
  20. Thanks for that but search on my ? drive comes up with over 8000 results shall I sort by date and scroll backwards from newest?
  21. Hi thanks for the help I changed it to bulb and it does the same thing. Heres the screenshot. Problem still not solved.
  22. Hi when using aim on an object i keep getting this error. It dosn't matter what I put in for the bulb time error keeps coming up. Is there a setting I am overlooking? Here is the screen error.
  23. Hi I already posted above the same error screenshot I was getting. I have looked int he platesolv directory and appdata directory and not found any .log files. I don't think it's creating one thats part of the problem unless you know where I can find it Here is a screenshot of the error again run as admininistrator.
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