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  1. I tried visually, could see a reasonable sharp red disc, no features. My eyes aren’t too good so not absolutely sure on the level detail I’d be able to see..
  2. I’ve got a daystar solar scout 60DS, attached to a nexstar mount, with a 290mm camera. Then usb to Mac book pro running firecapture
  3. Thanks, I’ve tried both a 1600mm and a 290mm. Both at unity gain and both 8 or 16 bit, with the histogram 80-90% filled, no clipping. Cant seem to get the focus any tighter, and spent yesterday going through each setting on the tuning knob, waiting for green, then trying focus again. Question: how bad does seeing and transparency affect the image? Are there days when you can see just this? I’ve run out of things to try now, and am concerned I have a duff unit.
  4. Additional info: For the image, gain was 110, exposure 7ms Ive also tried an eyepiece and can see a red disc, the edges sharp, but cant make out any features (my eyes arent too good so not sure )
  5. Hi all, Still having problems getting anything out of my solar telescope: I can seem to focus, but just get a featureless disc (see below). I know the sun is dormant right now but expected to see something more than this. I have tried changing the power adapter (even using the original with a 110-220 converter) and changing the camera. Am I expecting too much and this is just the bad seeing/haze? Is it my focus that needs to be better? The image below is just a single frame, from firecapture, using a 290mm attached to the telescope. PS. Additional points for telling me what the thumb screw is for next to the bullet finder...
  6. https://indilib.org/forum/ekos/3111-re-kstars-icon-missing-in-my-lxde-environment.html?start=0
  7. I had a similar problem when building it once.... then it was due to a missing icon/image package.. not sure if that’s any help or not...
  8. Here’s a tutorial from the kstars developer on using a Canon..
  9. It should work through KStars/Ekos (which uses INDI) Dont have a Dslr but procedure should be roughly: start kstars, go to ekos, setup your profile, and choose the correct driver for your camera there. ekos then deals with operating everything, including the Dslr in th eCamera tab (that’s a very rough/quick guide)
  10. No need, it's very useful to confirm what I'm doing as I start...
  11. Yeah, I realise I'm probably doing this at the worst time...
  12. Yes, its the 1600mm. Seems to be ok for getting in focus (although hard to judge with no detail, but i can move past the focus point no problem) So next question was, as you say, the tuner - how critical is that? is it a case of working your way through 1 click at a time and eventually the details will pop out?
  13. I've just got hold of one of these, and trying to get some images through it. Does anyone know if I need to set the camera at a certain back focus position? I just get a grey featureless disc, and want to eliminate that question... cheers joe
  14. Once you have eqmod, you can start plate solving. No alignment (just PA)... just capture and slew... even load a photo from the internet, plate solve and slew. ive never plugged my synscan handset in..
  15. I think pretty much any scope requires all this adding ... A minimum setup for you might be: -- 72ED 2" nosepiece Extension tube Canon adapter Camera -- I don't actually know if you'd need an extension tube (I've read somewhere that the canon has 46mm from chip to front - perhaps someone can confirm), but they are cheapish.. With a flattener it looks like: -- 72ED x0.85 flattener Canon adapter (looks like this is the correct size to get the 55mm backfocus - https://www.firstlightoptics.com/adapters/skywatcher-dslr-m48-ring-adapter.html) Camera -- I've spent ages trying to work this all out over the last few months and hear what you are saying about why dont they just come with everything. I think there are just too many ways they can be used, and once you have one set you wont need it again for the next scope, and the one after that... Of course - i'm still new to this, so i may be wrong somewhere or everywhere... ;o)
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