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Hi All! I have guiding problem with the following guider setup: 9x50 finder + ZWO ASI 120mm mini + PHD2. The imaging scope is a 6' newtonian + canon dslr on a HEQ5, driven by a laptop via diy EQDIR cable. When the mount is set up and running correctly, polar aligned and all... I connect the guider camera and mount with phd2. All nice and easy, I run a calibration, then it starts to guide. All seems ok. Then I am starting to take pictures. The first seems OK, then the second have the star trails... I check phd2 and there is a message: the camera (ASI) did not take a picture for "xy" seconds so it is disconnected. Grrr.... I reconnect try to set up a longer period for "xy" in the settings as mentioned in the message. And all the same again and again. Whatever I add for connection timeout for the camera, it just reaches that and disconnect the camera. PHD + philips toucam has worked for me flowlessly. I changed to PHD2 because I gave myself a birthday present, the little ZWO camera. (and PHD did not recognize it) Do you have any idea what can be the problem? I will contact PHD2 help also, but maybe somebody had already the same problem and figured out how to overcome. I am almost sure I make some dumb mistake in the PHD2 software settings, however I tried to change only what was needed.
Hi, I designed and printed an adaptor for getting my MC120MC and a Nikon DSLR Lens onto my mount. For all details see here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1650352 Cheers, Carsten PS: The attached image is done with the ASI120MC, a Vivitar Series 1 lens (@210mm), SharpCap Beta using the live stacking only
Hi I have recently purchased a ZWO ASI120MC-S webcam from FLO. I wanted to try it the other night so I decided to get some test images for the moon. I was using Sharpcap for this. I manged to get the video and was using Autostakkert to stack it. On the final stacked image I can see that there are some strange vertical lines. I have attached a picture of that. There is also a zoomed in image of a region and I can see some small squares almost resembling the pixels on the sensor. Below are my capture settings as given by SharpCap. [ZWO ASI120MC-S] Debayer Preview=On Pan=0 Tilt=0 Output Format=AVI files (*.avi) Binning=1 Capture Area=1280x960 Colour Space=RAW8 Temperature=19.2 High Speed Mode=Off Overclock=0 Turbo USB=86(Auto) Flip=Both Frame Rate Limit=60 fps Gain=50(Auto) Exposure=0.001993 Timestamp Frames=Off White Bal (B)=95 White Bal (R)=52 Brightness=0 Auto Exp Max Gain=50 Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000 Auto Exp Target Brightness=100 Mono Bin=Off Apply Flat=None Subtract Dark=None #Black Point Display Black Point=0 #MidTone Point Display MidTone Point=0.5 #White Point Display White Point=1 TimeStamp=2018-06-25T23:13:22.6772909Z SharpCapVersion=3.1.5214.0 For Autostakkert (v2.6.8 ) I was not doing anything fancy. Pressed analyze and then used 50% of the frames to stack. Used 200 as the AP size. Also, had the drizzle as 1.5x My camera was mounted to a skywatcher 200pds and HEQ5 mount. I am failing to understand what is going wrong here. Is the camera a problem or stacking is an issue ? Please let me know if there is any more information that you need. Thanks and Regards, Yogesh moon_25062018_1min_00_13_20_g4_ap35_Drizzle15.tif moon_25062018_1min_00_13_20_g4_ap35_Drizzle15_ZOOM.tif
Have been enjoying having a go at Jupiter with my new asi 120 colour camera which seems ridiculously good for the money; this is with an old Vixen 4" and barlow. My problem is that when I get the raw image into wavelets I really have no idea how to proceed but saw a useful post about only using the top two sliders and this has really helped. Last night I also used an Omegon flip mirror for the first time. They do 2 versions and I can't recommend their cheaper version as there are no collimation screws and it was miles out.
After a bit of advice on Barlows please. Thinking of getting one to replace the Skywatcher 2x I have which is "okay" but I wonder if I can get better? I have got a fairly decent image of Saturn and Jupiter with it, using an Xbox cam. Was lucky enough to receive an ASI120MM for Christmas (am over the moon) which I will be using for guiding with my ED80/ST80 but want to try a bit of planetary with it with my 200P (as I did the Xbox cam). Looking at 2nd hand barlows I wonder which one to get to assist at all with this set up. Lots of different ones out there. Any advice please for use with 200P? Thanks, Bob