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  1. Hello Ricker, last weekend I've installed my raspberry pi ,running Astroberry, on the scope. I attached a Samsung 1TB external drive to it, which I plugged in to one of the 2 USB-3 ports. The external drive has a spec of 10gbps, so data is transferred at a decent speed. However VNCViewer over wifi does not work well, but that's mainly because of the fact that the router/wifi access point is inside and ± 25m away from the scope. So I ordered a 25m UTP cable to connect to the raspberry pi directly to the router (and that makes VNCviewer run flawless - I've tested that config earlier inside). Kind regards, AstroRookie
  2. Hello Bob, a short update: I did a "dry run" yesterday in the afternoon with all the gear setup using Astroberry on a Raspberry PI 4+, and I have to say VNCviewer over wifi was not a great success, the VNCViewer screen on my macbook froze every couple of minutes (probably also because the Raspberry pi outside was too far away from to wifi access point). So, I'll continue with the Raspberry Pi controlled via VNCviewer from my mac, but using a UTP cable connected to the router; this setup should be more reliable. I'll keep you updated. Anyhow plenty of time,as they still don't announce clear skies for the next couple of days. Kind regards, AstroRookie
  3. What a relief! I thought I was the only one messing up an imaging session due to my clumsiness. Worst thing that happened was that I dropped my Celestron C8, but that was during the day, so guess that doesn't count? AstroRookie
  4. Hello, is the following procedure any good; my last imaging session (dates back from mid september, cloudy nights ever since ...), I had a go on the Andromeda galaxy. This is how I proceeded: searched beta Andromeda, and synced to it searched Andromeda galaxy and synced to it back to beta Andromeda to use it as the star to focus on back to Andromeda and start imaging I was wondering now, will the guiding software (phd2 in my case) have to correct more then if I would have aligned on 3 stars? AstroRookie
  5. Hello Bob, (sorry for the late reply) you'll need a USB-A to USB-B cable (amazon). You can connect the mount directly to your mac, no need to go via the handcontroller. As for the indigo server, you can download it for OS X here from the cloudmakers website for free: cloudmakers indigoserver As for the settings, see my experiences at the beginning of this thread. I did switch to "Carte du Ciel", as I did not have good experiences with stellarium (but that could have been my mistake as well). To summarize with my Macbook: to connect it all I use a powered USB-hub (I only have 2 usb ports on my mac) for controlling the scope, I use indigo server, carte du ciel (free) for polar alignment I use the Polemaster software provided with the Polemaster camera (not free, but for me, best invention since sliced bread) for capturing with my Canon 500D, I use Nebulosity (not free) for guiding PHD2 (free) for preprocessing I use siril (free) for postprocessing I use startools (not free) Not all is free software, but the softwares I paid for are not very expensive. I have to say, I will stop using my MacBook outside, already during the summer it suffered a lot from the dew, so I'm in the process of switching to a Raspberry pi + Astroberry (with the bad weather that doesn't want to stop, I have plenty of time to experiment). I'd rather ruin a 60€ Raspberry pi, then a 2000€ macbook, that I need for work. And my goal is to control it from inside. As for the pictures of my setup, I don't have any, will have to wait for clear skies before I set it up agin. Kind regards, AstroRookie
  6. Hello Jim, 1000ft above sea level and no light pollution, what took you so long to buy a telescope? Just kidding and being jealous about your seeing conditions (sea level and bortle 5 over here ...). I hope your gear arrives soon! AstroRookie
  7. Wow, impressive images! I regret having made my comment about the amp-glow, but what you want, I'm AstroRookie
  8. Hello, I don't have any experience with the ASI294MC but I read some reviews and user experiences about the ASI294MC, and one thing I that got my attention is that amp-glow was often mentioned. Personally I'd go for the ASI533MC (but that's also because it's cheaper). As for the laptop, 8g is a more then enough for capturing and even a decent amount of ram for pre- en post-processing. The 2 usb ports, you can solve with usb hub. Of course the opinion of a experienced ASIMC294MC user will be more valuable then my 2 cent comments. AstroRookie
  9. Hello, as a beginner I like siril, which imho has following benefits: free (open source under gnu gpl) available on OS X, windows, linux preprocessing can be scripted (I love this, you tune the scripts to your needs, start the script and lay back while it's doing the work ...) has also post-processing functionalities. the photometric color calibration is awesome (and to a simple soul like me, i m p r e s s i v e!) the authors are very responsive; i filed 2 (supposedly) bugs - was more a brew packaging problem - and I got an answer the very same day The only downside, the website has quite some broken links; so if you wish to download for the OS you're using go: downloads I can not compare to "deep sky stacker", as dss is not available on OS X. AstroRookie
  10. Hello, to be honest it is still in testing phase. I started off with putting the camera in a box (tried with a metal one and a plastic one), but turned out to be too heavy for my focuser, which can support up to 1.3kg. I use the usual components, heatsinks, fans and TEC-element. Let's say, it's still in a too premature stage to reveal it now; not that I don't want, I just don't want to look like a fool amid all the experienced astrophotographers here - looking at my username I hope you understand. Kind regards, AstroRookie
  11. Hello, I recently asto-modded my Canon 500D. Now the next stage is to try to cool it. During my tests, I noticed that moist builds up on the inside of the screen. It disappears when the camera comes back to ambient temperature. My questions, is this bad and secondly is there a way to prevent it? Open it (which I'm rather reluctant to do, as going thru the mod was already difficult enough for me) and let it dry maybe? Thanks
  12. Hello Dave, this webpage has some interesting info about this: https://www.astrophotography.app/EOS.php But having a look at it, I notice "Best ISO" value is not filled in for 1300D - sorry Kind regards, AstroRookie
  13. Very nice! Hope one day I reach that level. I'm currently using Nebulosity and Siril for stacking to compare, and I have the impression the result with siril is better. A pitty there's not much info around about post-processing with siril. Though the "Photometric color calibration" is really impressive (the info about it I've found on youtube from Cuiv, the lazy geek: AstroRookie
  14. I'm way over 40, and I enjoy every video he's posting. Next to interesting info, he brings more rock'nroll in astrophotograhpy than Doctor Brain May As for children watching this, I'd be very happy if my kids at the age of say 8 to 14 were interested in Dylan's video, rather then in the other rubbish that is posted all over the internet. AstroRookie
  15. Hello DennyD, nfotis is right about the mount; no compromises there. I tried with an old Meade LXD75, and gave up. Then upgraded to the skywatcher EQ6-R Pro, and it's a complete different ballgame now. As I'm on a budget as well, the dedicated astro-camera will have to wait but the second hand 100€ canon 500d is definitely more then enough to start learning. Enjoy! AstroRookie
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