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  1. Hi Paul has sent me a new version of Lodestar Live - no colour yet, however this version does do a very good RAW to mono conversion - no more blocky pixels. Other features include the ability to store and restore dark frames. Colour decoding is not far away - Paul has the algorithm sorted and needs to integrate it into the main code. I managed to get a little time under the stars tonight between the clouds. Heres a couple of screen grabs - all processed using Lodestar Live only and seen as I viewed them live. Flame Nebula M81 and M82 All taken with: INED70 F6.3 reducer Lodestar-C 30 seconds single frame Lodestar Live software iOptron Minitower II in AZ mode Happy Days... Paul
  2. Hi all, I just had first light with a Hyperstar system on an alt/az Celestron CPC 800 HD and wanted to share the results. Conditions were definitely sub-optimal - Full Moon and poor seeing/light pollution (a lot of the targets were low in the sky) but I wanted to see what the system could do. Exposures were all 20-30 sec, with 4-6 images stacked. Histogram/colour balance/contrast was adjusted, but otherwise no other processing. An IDAS light pollution filter was used throughout. I've noticed vignetting, more noticeable on some shots than others, especially when contrast is really stretched. Not sure about the reason (I know Hyperstars can vignette with larger sensors, but the Lodestar sensor is pretty small; perhaps the T-to-C adapter causes some mechanical vignetting?) If anyone has any feedback, I'd love to hear it! Enjoy, - Greg A
  3. Hi all, Finally another clear night, and a chance to have a go with the Lodestar X2C on my 8" Celestron Edge SCT, alt/az, at roughly f4. Waxing Crescent Moon, fair bit of humidity, and the usual light pollution from nearby Vancouver, BC, but some nice views. I rolled back to LL v0.10 after some challenges with colour balance "on the fly" with v0.11 (I need to practice with the new version some more, admittedly, but find the small histogram/balancing peaks in RGB in v0.11 a challenge). Very impressed again in how well the stacking and images come out with LL!! Some nice detail in the galaxies - it almost seemed even better "live" on the monitor than looking at the pictures after the fact. And I was able to view a few galaxies I hadn't before - I didn't include all of them below, as some of the images aren't as "showy", but I was impressed that I could see them (and some structure!) at all.... Comet Lovejoy is still there, but without the non-linear scaling I couldn't get it's tail to show up very well... Cheers, - Greg A
  4. Hi A great night and some new targets for me - looks like I'm getting to grips with the 35nm Ha filter. All taken with Lodestar-C, Baader 35nm Ha filter, Lodestar Live, INED70 with AE x0.6 1.25" reducer (210mm effective F/L, F3.0) screen grabs showing display settings. 60s exposures with median stacking. There's a strange artefact in the Flame/Horse Head Nebula and M78 which I think is due to internal reflections in the reducer, caused, I think, by local light pollution from a HP Sodium lamp - not evident in all the images. Or possibly from a bright star.All in all a great night.Once again thank you Paul81 for creating and developing Lodestar Live!!CSPaul
  5. DoctorD

    M45 30s 8 stack

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M45 taken with Lodestar-C and INED70 with AE x0.6 FR Stack of 8 30s exposures
  6. DoctorD

    C 2014 Q2 Lovejoy

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) taken on 01/02/02. Single 30s frame captured using Lodestar Live & Lodestar-C with INED70 and F6.3 reducer.
  7. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    102MAK with F3.3 reducer and Baader Moon & Skyglow filter at 90s exposure
  8. DoctorD

    M82

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    Single Frame captured with Lodestar Live using C8 SCT and F3.3 reducer at F2.8 30 second exposure s viewed on screen during capture (no post processing) only levels and gamma adjustment available in Lodestar Live
  9. Hi everyone. On holidsy in France at the moment with lovely clear skies so decided to give Lodestar Live a try. Really impressed with this software so a huge thanks to its creator. I must read Don's guide now! Anyway, I used a Celestron Edge 800 with 0.7 reducer and the body of an old Barlow to get better spacing. Lodesatr x2 mono camera. All on an unguided HEQ5 Pro mount. I imaged M27, M57 and M13. For a first go with no idea what the various settings in the software meant I was quite poleased with the results. I saved the fits files as well so might try stacking them in Maxim and see what that gets me - a headache probably:)
  10. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    102MAK with F3.3 reducer and Baader Moon & Skyglow filter at 30s exposure
  11. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    102MAK with F3.3 reducer and Baader Moon & Skyglow filter at 30s exposure
  12. It's been a while since I have managed to get any time under the stars. Here's last nights crop: All screen grabs taken using Lodestar Live, 30s exposure with median stacking, 102MAK with F3.3 reducer. Bader Moon and Skyglow filter. Who says little MAK's are no good for DSO's? Clear skies Paul
  13. DoctorD

    M42 LSL 2

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M42 captured using Lodestar live with single 20s exposure - image is as viewed live processed only using Lodestar Live to see extent of nebulosity.
  14. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    102MAK with F3.3 reducer and Baader Moon & Skyglow filter at 30s exposure
  15. Hi Guys Managed to get some time under the stars last night with the Lodestar-C and my C8 with the F3.3 reducer. I've put a video of the first part of my viewing session up on You Tube: Not the most dynamic video and no audio, but it is a real time capture of my desk top showing how the Lodestar and Lodestar Live perform, especially the real time adjustment of the image. Starts on Polaris then slews to M1, M42, M74 ending on M81. Looking forward to the next release with de-bayer for colour images. Clear skies Paul
  16. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    Horsehead nebula using 35nm Baader Ha filter and lodestar at 60s exposure
  17. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    102MAK with F3.3 reducer and Baader Moon & Skyglow filter at 30s exposure
  18. From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    Flame Nebula INED70 F6.3 reducer Lodestar-C 30 seconds single frame Lodestar Live software iOptron Minitower II in AZ mode
  19. DoctorD

    M42 Stretch 1

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M42 captured with Lodestar-C using Beta version of Lodestar Live INED70 with SCT F6.3 reducer and IR filter Stretched showing some nebulosity
  20. DoctorD

    M42 Stretch 2

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M42 captured with Lodestar-C using Beta version of Lodestar Live INED70 with SCT F6.3 reducer and IR filter More Stretch showing extended nebulosity
  21. DoctorD

    M42 RAW

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M42 captured with Lodestar-C using Beta version of Lodestar Live INED70 with SCT F6.3 reducer and IR filter No Stretch
  22. DoctorD

    M42 LSL 1

    From the album: DoctorD's Photos

    M42 captured using Lodestar live with single 20s exposure - image is as viewed live processed only using Lodestar Live to see more of the core.
  23. I have an Ultrastar Color camera. I'm having difficulty with Starlight Live on my iMac. I have the latest version installed. When I load the software the camera is connected, but when I try to acquire an image, I never see anything. The bar at the left bottom of the screen indicates the image is being acquired, but the software image screen remains black no matter how I change the exposure settings. It works perfectly on my Windows 10 pc, but I need to use it on my iMac. Any suggestions? Thanks so much, Joel
  24. Hello all, I was able to get out on a gusty night and finally try out the latest edition of Lodestar Live, v 12 (thanks again Paul!). First, v12 solves the auto-filename issue I was having in v 11; on Mavericks, I'm again getting automatic generation of filenames based on target name and date, which is great! I did however run across a couple of new & strange occurrences, and thought I'd check to see if any other Mac OS X users of LL have experienced anything like it. I did my usual dark frames prior to starting viewing, and then was using LL as per usual. I had turned on the separate output window at first (with all info displayed in it) and placed it in a separate desktop; I also used LL with the secondary window disabled. The two main issues I encountered: 1) LL locked up on me (at first last night, and then I was able to recreate it today during the day). With dark frames taken, and with the secondary output window placed on another desktop so I could easily swipe between them, I ended viewing an object, and then went to the Focus, Alignment and Framing window to prepare to look for my next target when I got the "spinning beach ball"... everything slowed way down, including LL response to clicks, etc., and the Finder reported LL as "not responding". After a few minutes of fruitless clicking, moving the secondary window back to the same desktop as the primary, and trying to disable secondary output, I finally had to force quit LL to fix the issue. I was able to recreate this scenario today in testing, though I waited longer, and it appeared that LL did eventually "unfreeze" this time, but there was about 10 minutes of no response. I'm not sure exactly what triggered this, though, since I had viewed objects fine for some period using similar steps last night before hitting this issue. 2) After viewing several objects, and adjusting colour balance with no problem on the histogram, I was suddenly presented with a histogram that had the blue and green peaks showing up normally, but the red peak was a "spike". Otherwise, things worked fine, but it made it impossible to white balance the images. I tried all kinds of changes to settings, unplugging the camera, etc. but the problem was only solved by quitting and restarting LL (at which point everything went back to normal, and remained that way for the remaining few hours I was observing.) Images showing the appearance of the object in the affected/normal state below (I didn't get a shot of the window/histogram - sorry!) Thanks in advance, Greg A
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