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Hello all, I’m a newbie...that will become very apparent in the next few sentences! I have a Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT and have a desire to take up astrophotography, I started with a few reasonable shots of the moon with my iPhone and have bought a Skyris 236C with no success. I would be greatful for any tips or advise on how to focus the moon for a start, I have uploaded a couple of photos one with the iPhone and one with the Skyris taken at the same time. TIA, Tony.
Hello helpful forum people, I'm trying to sort through everyone's posts here on this topic, and I don't see if there has ever been a solution found. But first, thanks to Robin (I hope I have that name right) for writing SharpCap, it's got a great interface and I really appreciate his attention to detail and his contribution to astrophotography. So the problem, like most people report, is this: I'm using a Sony Vaio 64-bit AMD processor laptop running a totally fresh W7 with all the latest updates, and a Neximage 5 plugged into a USB2.0 port (I don't have the option to upgrade to 3.0). I'm using the drivers that came on the disk with the camera. Initially SharpCap finds the camera, it opens to maximum pixel count and begins capturing images fine. However, switching to any other pixel count causes the program to hang, in fact the whole laptop hangs and requires a reboot. If I succeed in killing SharpCap and restart the program I get the message "Camera could not be started A get operation on a VCDProperty object failed" Perhaps the driver is buggy, but I've also read that the AMD architecture itself is problematic. Also, with iCap I found the connection to the camera was similarly unstable. If I stay in one resolution it would work, but changing to any other pixel count was a crap shoot. Both SharpCap and iCap exhibit the horizontal lines in the capture that are random and frequent. I've run the NexImage 5 on my Intel PC using good old USB2.0 and iCap works just fine but I can't lug my PC outside! I still need to try SharpCap, but I suspect it will work just fine. Thanks in advance for anyone's help in this. I'd really prefer not to have to buy an Intel laptop just to get a $150 dollar camera to work! Best regards, Blake
Hi there. I finally decided to replace my old Orion Starshoot with a nice new Neximage 5, and at the same time got a laptop sporting Windows 10. The camera came with iCap software, version 2.2, and installation proceeded without incident. I got to the point where iCap was recognising the camera, but when I clicked on 'OK' iCap stopped almost immediately, at which point an error message came up announcing that iCap had closed and Windows was (allegedly) looking for a solution. I repeated the 'launch' exercise several times, always with the same result. It's really frustrating, as I just can't get on with imaging at all. Does anyone have an idea what I could try to get my Neximage up & running properly? Thanks Alan Stewart
Hi, Feedback and advice appreciated. Images below were taken saturday night between 11.30 and about 2.30am. Celestron Evolution 9.25 with Skyris 445c. Captured using iCap software (comes with the Skyris) and processed with Registax (also with Skyris). Notes: Windy and some slight haziness like fine clouds. Questions: Dew shield on (essential as it is very prone to dew) and couldn't work out how to use the bahtinov mask without moving everything trying to put the dew shield back again! Focus through EP was spot on but removal of EP and diagonal to put Skyris into prime focus meant need to significantly adjust focus - this was tricky on the laptop using liveview in iCap. I think the lunar shots are poorly focused but was otherwise pleased with the detail. Saturn images are pretty much as they were through the EP and the video was bouncing and blurring mainly due to the wind. Not sure why the colour is so poor though - is this because Saturn is just so low or I need to take images through EP / barlow? Same issues with focussing in liveview. A lot of questions - early days and so much to learn! Also any idea what attachment I need to connect the Skyris to my Baader EPs - I have the Canon EOS 100D and the adaptor (from FLO) attachs to the EPs. The Skyris has a 1.25" nosepeice so I'm wondering if there is some sort of adaptor? Lastly, should I break the questions up into different topics or forum areas or is it ok to do it this way? Also what format is best for posting an image? I also tried Autostakkert but it wouldn't allow me to use the avi files created in the iCap software used with the Skyris. Regards, Tonymoon 3.tifSaturn video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 2 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 3 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tifSaturn 4 video 0016 15-06-07 02-05-37.tif