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  1. barbulo

    Beginners Return

    Welcome back to the Lounge!
  2. Muchas gracias Sean. I’ve read somewhere that selecting jpg format during the focusing process helps reducing that time. Important to remember switching back to raw before starting imaging. I’ll test it when there is a clear night.
  3. Following this thread with interest since I am starting my AP journey and have a lot to improve.. I've heard before about this stretching algorithm and would like to give it a try some day. I believe I know the difference between linear and non-linear data but when you talk about linear stage, (here the newbie question) what actions can be done to maintain the linearity? I can imagine some like binning, cropping, flipping... But I am sure there are hundreds more and some of them very useful. Any clue?
  4. Yes, I've tried. And also its predecessor indigo_ccd_gphoto2. And they worked in INDI environments (EKOS) but not in APT. INDIGO - ALPACA developers says it explicitly in their web, along with other limitations: No DSLR support ASCOM binning is always 1x1, INDIGO binning is masked by readout mode INDIGO RGB is mapped to Colour, other modes to Mono sensor type (no bayer offsets etc) INDIGO camera mode is mapped to ASCOM readout mode None and gzip image compression supported (no deflate)
  5. Yes indeed: you can use DSLRs in KStars/EKOS through INDI. I've done it with my 600D. The problem is that ALPACA (interface INDI-ASCOM) doesn't support DSLRs. You can use your CANON with ASCOM (Windows) or INDI (all OS) drivers but not in a Windows system from a INDI server. I would like to use the RPi placed in the rig running an INDI server and APT on a desktop to control the AP session. However, the two alternatives (APT supporting DSLR INDI drivers or through ALPACA) are not working yet. I feel very comfortable using APT, though I'll probably give KStars/EKOS a try. The day the clouds go away al least a couple of hours. Someday. Next summer? BTW, sorry for hijacking your thread, @vlaiv
  6. I understand there are some caveats according to this web page. DSLR support being one of them
  7. Welcome to SGL. This could be a good place if you own a ZWO EAF.
  8. No doubt the 2600MC is performing well. Image looks superb to me. Congratulations!
  9. Hi all, I would like to test KSTARS/EKOS environment and I wonder how the focus module would perform with a DSLR+EAF combo. Currently obtaining fairly good focus with 9-10 images with APT. The setup is: RPi4B with INDIGOSKY and remote instance of KSTARS/EKOS. Comments on this would be highly appreciated.
  10. No, just the server. Interesting. I thought that the communication lag between the Pi and the guiding software (Pi wifi is awful) might affect the performance. Could you point to the source?
  11. Sorry, I meant ASCOM, not EQMOD. ALPACA sounds good but DSLR capability still not implemented.
  12. I see INDIGOSKY as an alternative to EQMOD ASCOM and aimed mainly to MacOS and Linux, although you can use the control in any OS through a web browser. IMO, the perfect match for the INDIGOSKY server running on a Pi is KSTARS/EKOS in a Mac. That will be my next movement. Some day. Currently using EQMOD ASCOM drivers and APT in a laptop with W10 in the backyard, and remote control from a desktop. I tried INDIGOSKY server in a Pi from APT in W10 but the INDI-DSLR drivers are not implemented yet in APT. Another option is to load ASTROBERRY in the Pi (is free and has KSTARS/EKOS installed) and control the Pi from any OS web browser.
  13. barbulo

    Hello there.

    Hi and welcome to the Lounge!
  14. Same for the EQ6-R Pro. I don't know if it is a Skywatcher thing or maybe temperature related. There were not many clear and warm nights with enough astro-darkness here in Germany last summer, so don't have enough facts. Gears' grease density could be the reason though.
  15. Welcome back to SGL! You will find here tons of answers to your questions. One thing I doubt has changed in 10 years is that this hobby is money-driven.
  16. New owner of this tiny set of mirrors here! After searching for some time, the good guys at APM-Telescopes managed to get a couple of units of the 130PDS, and there I was this afternoon to get the first one! I have been inspired by this thread while looking for an affordable scope with shorter FL (to increase the "/px ratio a bit). And here it is! Tomorrow I will check the collimation and will try to mount all the attachments (imaging, guiding and focusing gear). I am afraid the balancing is going to be tricky, but I will surely find a solution. First light to be posted ASAP. Thanks to all for your involuntary motivation. PS: honestly, I haven't been able to read all the posts; I gave up around page 60
  17. I use 5 or 10 seconds @ ISO 1600
  18. I’ve never used that software, but when I experience faults when platesolving in APT it is because I failed to input the correct data (FL, pixel and sensor size…).
  19. With your OTA (1500mm FL) you would rather do planetary mainly because the narrow FoV. The 244 is proven a good camera in that arena.
  20. Hi and welcome to the Lounge!
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