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Hi all, Not sure I'm in the right place or not but I was hoping someone could help... I have an Altair Astro GPCamV2 and the box tells you to get the software from http://cameras.altairastro.com/ and that it will only work with Windows! I was wondering if anyone else has gotten this type of cam working on a Linux os before and what the steps were for doing so. (Other software that will work, terminal commands for the drivers etc.) thank you in advance ?
Hi, I'm fairly experienced at visual observation with my Meade ETX-125 but have just been given an Altair-astro GPCAM AR0130 Colour as a birthday gift. I've set up to my laptop ok but when connected and placed in telescope all I am seeing is a black screen. If I have telescope focussed for EP and then replace with camera I just get black. Even with bright object such as Jupiter. I feel sure I'm missing something obvious (but I have removed the lens cap!). Is it that my telescope is unsuitable or just I need more patience to find the right setup?
Good evening members of the SGL collective, This is one of those questions that could be put into several different topics, but seeing as it's a beginner question with this particular bit of kit, I though I'd start here... I've recently invested in one of these: https://www.altairastro.com/Altair-GPCAM-50mm-Guide-Scope-Camera-Kit.html to add guiding to my set up. Because of the weather, I've only managed to get it outside once, but that was enough to raise a question. Incase you can't visit the link, it's a Altair 50mm Guide Scope Package with GPCAM Mono. With the package came with a short extender for the camera along with the associated cables for connectivity etc. Actually, the description of the kit contents on the website is spot on. However, what I can't find information on is the process for focusing the kit. On the only time I had this out under the stars, the only way I could achieve any sort of focus is partially pulling out the camera from guide scope. It just seemed like that there wasn't enough back focus on the guide scope by quite some margin. Eventually, I did get some sort of focus, although definitely by luck. It was sufficient to get the SharpCap software working though. So, what I was wondering is if there were any other SGL members who own this guide kit, and, if they have any words of wisdom to impart about its correct setup please? Thanks for your time everyone, Clear Skies, Tony
Well for the first time n what feels like forever we finally had clear skies on a day where I could stay up late without having to get up for work the next morning! Unfortunately I can only operate my equipment from mains power due to my laptop being old and having aduff battery and not owning a power tank, I also can't see any of the planets from my shaded back garden so had to venture out to the front, where Jupiter was setting over neighbouring houses and Mars and Saturn were just peaking through some trees and right over some lovely orange street lights! Talk about challenging! Anyway, heres a little sample of what i caught, not the best I know but forecast is clear again tonight so hoping to have another go. Any advice for improvements welcome. Images were all two minute avi's (captured at 56 ms and gain at 8 out of 10 using Altairs capture software) with usual autostakkert and registax for wavelets. Telescope was Celestron Nexstar SLT (127 mak on supplied goto mount). As I say, if you have any advice please feel free to speak up!