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  1. Hi, I wan't to tell you about a relatively new open source imaging suite that I have been using for around 7-8 months now. Night time imaging n' astronomy or in short NINA! The new website is really quite informative, so check it out here: https://nighttime-imaging.eu/ As a software developer and IT professional I was blown away by this application these guys were creating, when I first stumbled upon it last year. It is a really feature rich application as the very long feature list below will show, and it is absolutely free! I was immediately drawn to the very simple but still quite information rich UI that was presented to me when I tried it the first time. Isbeorn (the developer), Dark Archon (massive contributor) and Quickload (big contributor) have really created something impressive here, and it is constantly being improved upon. It is quite normal to see these guys working on the next cool feature in the middle of the night As it is a "hobby project" and Open Source, and these guys don't have every model of every camera available - sometimes there can be glitches with new equipment, but it is usually sorted out in quick fashion. But this is where we "mere mortals" can help improve this amazing piece of software, by using it and providing feedback and logs (in case of errrors) via. Discord or the Issue tracker on bitbucket. In return for this you get a very comprehensive piece of astro imaging software for absolutely nothing! If anyone needs any help in settings this up, don't hesitate to write in this thread and I will try to help, or jump on Discord and join the "support" channel. I recommend taking the latest beta version, pretty much always, as it has the latest fixes and is generally stable. List of main features as grabbed from the webpage and personal experience (I surely missed some): Equipment control ASCOM Cameras Mounts Filter wheels Focusers Rotators Native camera drivers for Atik ZWO QHYCCD Altair Astro cameras Canon Nikon Touptek Can run multiple camera's and supports syncronized dithering (early version, but tested in the field!) Image analysis Image statistics Auto stretch Full image star detection with HFR calculation (used for autofocus as well) Exposure time recommendation Sequencing Multitarget sequence lists (image multiple targets automatically) Automatic mosaic capture as defined in framing assistant Light, Bias, Dark, DarkFlat, Flat frames of various exposure lengths and gain/iso Automatic filter change Autofocus using full image HFR calculations over time number of exposures Temperature change Automatic centering and rotation of targets using platesolving Save as raw (dslr), fits, xisf, etc. Customizeable filename pattern Automatic meridian flip Can automatically flip and recenter target after flip has been completed Sky atlas Sky atlas with more than 10.000 objects. Filtering on type, magnitude, size, altitude and more Altitude chars showing showing altitude over time for your location Framing assistant Can pull data from various skyserveys, to make framing and planning easier You can see a preview of your fov based on camera and scope details Mosaic planning mode Shows your mosaic tilesin the framing wizard Set desired overlap percentage Offline skymap shows gridlines and all sky atlas DSO's, constellations and coordinates ("Cartes du Ciel'ish") Sleek and customizable UI Imaging tab can be customized to show all the information you could possibly want to see image (duh! ;)) Statistics HFR history PHD2 graph and statistics Mount information Camera information Filter wheel information Platesolve information Weather data and more.. Quick switch between light and dark scheme Customizable colorschemes Flats wizard Set a desired ADU and tolerance for flats Simple mode or multimode where flats are captured for each filter Set minimum and maximum exposure time Guide to help you get the desired flats Can automatically capture matching darkflats Other cool features PHD2 integration with Dithering Weather data from OpenWeatherMap API List of bright focus stars for use with Bahtinov mask, clik and slew to it Polar alignment tools Configuration profiles, so different setups can be used A word about open source: The project is open source, this means that all source code is readily available from bitbucket, and anyone is free to contribute code. The developer is Isbeorn (Stefan) and as the repository manager he decides when and if a submission (pull request) is deemed good enough to enter a release..! There are a couple of other main contributors who do a lot of work, and put in a lot of their free time to this project. You are free to ask for features and request support and people are generally very helpful and quick to implement something if it is a good idea. BUT as this is a hobby project for these people, don't expect the same of them as you would of a company from whom you buy a product, IT IS UNFAIR! A word about Discord: Discord is a free chat (text and voice) platform that anyone can create a server on. Discord as a whole is not run by the people behind N.I.N.A., only the NINA server, and as such is not moderated by the developers.
  2. Tickets (free) are now available for the Birmingham University "Astronomy in the city" event on 6th March. Sounds like an interesting evening for newcomers like me. The agenda includes What to see in the sky this month, A talk on super novae Ask the experts An observing season And tea and biscuits! http://www.sr.bham.ac.uk/observatory/astronomyinthecity.php
  3. Next week the Baker Street Irregular Astronomers will be holding our next monthly meet at the Hub in Regent's Park London. Our star gazing will be held on 2016 February 21 or 22 or 23. The exact date will be decided on morning of Monday 20 when weather forecasts have been consulted. Anyone is welcome to attend, we are family friendly and the event is completely free of charge; no need to bring any equipment as there is always plenty of telescopes to look through. Last month BBC Radio London attended to interview Irregulars. Search Facebook for Baker Street Irregular Astronomers and visit www.bakerstreetastro.org
  4. Could anyone share a link or two where the Venus transit will be streamed live tomorrow?
  5. Hello, we are glad and proud to announce that a new version of Siril has just been released and is now available to all users: Siril 0.9.7. 1 - Presentation: Siril is (was ?) meant to be Iris for Linux (sirI-L), but is also now working on Windows (tested on 7, 8 and 10). It is an astronomical image processing tool, able to convert, pre-process images, help aligning them automatically or manually, stack them and enhance final images. 2 - How to install the release: Each new version is produced with several packages for most OS we handled. We try to build maximum of packages and cheer you to check if a package does exist for your OS at this page: https://free-astro.o...tle=Siril:0.9.7 A packages is available for all these systems: GNU/Linux (deb, rpm, appImage) OS X Windows 3 - New features: Siril 0.9.7 is a stability release: it contains several bug fixes and some improvements over to the previous version, Siril v0.9.6. The most important feature we implement in this new version is the new automatic registration algorithm. This algorithm uses a robust RANSAC routine that optimize the first search. We sincerely hope you will enjoy using Siril and you will produce nice shots. The Siril development team
  6. Hi All, My GF is the head at a primary school in Lancashire. The school runs various after school clubs/events, such as the MAKE IT club. Some pupils and teachers have expressed an interest in an Astronomy club. The question is are there any resources/grants etc. available for primary schools to call on in the Lancashire area. She is interested in ideas and resources to support this club. Obviously I have offered myself but I think she is looking for something a bit more formal than a bloke with a scope or 2. Any suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance...
  7. I have 12 of these enough for 4 polar scopes they fit my EQ5 polar scope I suspect they will fit others saves using allen keys on them. Free to anyone needs a set.
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