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Picked up a Basler acA1920-155um a week or so ago second hand. Currently using Basler's own 'industry' software which doesn't offer any movie save out function, so I'm working with individual .tif files... thousands of 'em! (Hopefully James will be able to support the camera with OACapture on the Mac in the future)... TSA102s > Internal Baader UV/IR > Chromo Quark > Camera (so no reducer than previous goes with the DMK41). Running around 80fps which makes a nice change from just 15! All on my less than perfect tracking alt/az Nova Hitch mount. First image was from the 'first light' images off the camera at 8.41 this morning, 100 frames from 1400+, second 150 frames from 1660. Unlike OACapture, the software isn't overly straightforward, so I'm not quite sure what gain and gamma settings were best to use, I just tried to keep the gain low (12 from 36), gamma set to 1 (I think it goes from 0 - 4) and 10-12ms exposure. The histogram roughly in the middle... no helpful .txt file saved out with the capture, unlike OAc... Processed in AS!2 and ImPPG (via Wine - Mac) and the PS 2017CC Pleased so far but plenty to learn! Damian 8.41am ---- 8.51am
A big thanks to PhotoGav who posted some simple to follow instructions on how to use the stand-a-lone software earlier in his M27 thread. I'll post again, but add that any file names must NOT include spaces. You can instead use a '_'. If (as I do do), you embed your RGB files with a colour profile upon saving, that appears to be fine. How to get the standalone Starnet version to work on the Mac 1. Download the latest version of Starnet for Mac OS from here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/starnet/files/v1.1/StarNet_MacOS.zip/download 2. Unzip the folder and place it on your Desktop 3. Save the image that you want to make starless as a 16 bit mono or RGB .tif file *****DO NOT use spaces in file name, instead use _ 4. Place the file in the Starnet folder on your desktop 5. Open Terminal and navigate to the Starnet folder, copy this command: cd ~/Desktop/StarNet_MacOS - into Terminal and hitting Enter 6. Open in Text Editor either the file: 'run_mono_starnet.sh' or 'run_rgb_starnet.sh' depending on whether you are working with a mono or RGB file and edit the filenames in there to be the filename of the file that you want to make starless Save the txt file above in part 6, then.... 7. Drag either 'run_mono_starnet.sh' or 'run_rgb_starnet.sh' onto the Terminal window and you should see the path of the the file appear 8. Make sure that Terminal is the uppermost window and hit enter - Program will run (this can take a while!) 9. When it's finished doing its magic, go to the Starnet folder, open up the _s version of your file and be amazed at the results! I am (amazed), thanks again Gav for posting! Some examples from playing around late this afternoon... the starless colour and mono images straight out of StarNet, no extra processing. I still prefer my images with an embedded star field, but this should be great fun and be rather useful whilst processing... Damian The Ha data
Hopefully about to join the legion of the many very happy Mesu 200 owners but would like to ask a few questions if possible. Can the software that the Mesu mount uses be controlled by a Mac rather than a PC? What software comes out of the box for controlling the Mesu mount is it user friendly and are there other alternatives? As a warm room won't be possible due to space restrictions what is the possible maximum length a USB cable can be wired between the mount and the controlling computer? Reason I am asking is that the conservatory will be close to the observatory and the option is, once I get the Atik Infinity to control everything from indoors (especially in the cold weather)? Again rather ask questions now rather than find out things after the whole set up is built. As always thanks for the input people, really appreciate it.
Has anyone upgraded on Mac to "High Sierra" (OS 10.13) and had any issues with PHD2 or using Wine to run DSS, or any camera control software? I'm getting the notifications for the upgrade, but I'm worried some of my AP software (currently running on 10.12) won't work right before a big trip to a dark sky site in 2 weeks.
Hi all, I'm trying to connect SkyWatcher Synscan to my MacBook Air via wifi adapter using EQMac v2.0.0 beta3. According to the release note of EQMac v2.0.0 beta1, it supports wifi as well as serial connection. However, I couldn't find any document for wifi connection. What I'm trying to do is.. 1. Establish Wifi connection to "SynScan_WiFi_####" 2. Configure following connection in EQMac's Preference Connection Type: TCP/IP IP Address: 192.168.4.1 Port: 11880 3. Close Preference setting However, EQMac console is still gray out.. Appreciate if anyone share how to configure EQMac for wifi or alternative application/tool to connect Synscan to Mac via wifi.