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  1. stepping beyond

    new camera tested

    I was out using Sharpcap with my asi174MM cooled cam , I ran my lights, rgb and darks . When I hit capture the cooler temp disappeared . I've never tried DS with Sharpcap before tonight "Planetary only" . I use maximDLv5 for capture and some processing , maxim tells me what the temp. is at all times . I've used 2 meade cameras and a Spc900nc with maxim but, only my Pictor 216xt had { tec} cooling . I finally got my Zwo to connect slow as all get out but, the cooler option won't activate { it's not highlighted}. Help !
  2. Hi, What software or apps do you use to help you get around the night sky easier? Currently I might use starmap on my phone to help me when I'm out observing and I recently downloaded sterllarium, but I'm still getting to grips with it. Thanks, Shaan
  3. Frank White

    moonlight

    Hi Using deepskystacker, I get double images after images are processed, any ideas to what is happening? Frank
  4. Hi everyone, I'm pleased to share a good news with you. Indeed, thanks to Partha Bagchi (https://www.partha.com/) we are now able to provide you an .app file for OS X users. This is a good improvement because no Homebrew or Xcode are needed anymore. Also !! the app is 10% faster for stacking. You can download the app here. Enjoy !!
  5. astroeddie

    Skytools software

    Peoples. lost my old lap pie and my only copy of the above software... Boo!! does anyone have a copy of this for sale. Do holla , EddieH
  6. Hi all While I've been largely locked under clouds for a couple of months, I thought I'd write some software that I've been meaning to get around to for a while. I use a standard LCD computer monitor for taking flats. I plug it in to my imaging laptop. I started off using a blank HTML page in a full-screen browser window to provide the uniform grey colour on the display but I needed to vary the brightness of the display for different filters. So, I wrote some software that does it. The software is called Second Monitor Lightbox and is available free of charge from my site (paw-print.com). If you use a CCD with filter wheel, it'll link to the filter wheel via the ASCOM driver so that, once you've set the perfect brightness for each filter, it will change brightness automatically as the filter changes. It also has a 'preset' mode for non-ASCOM set ups so that you can just re-call a pre-determined brightness to match a certain configuration (filter, binning, etc). There's a tutorial based around using SGP Pro on the site, so if you want to try it have a look through that. When you install it, Windows will warn you that it's from an Unknown Publisher. This is just because I don't pay Microsoft an annual fee for a developer's certificate. Just tell Windows to install it anyway - you may need to click 'More information' to get the option to go ahead. Let me know what you think. I hope some of you will find it useful. I know it saves me a load of hassle at the end of a long session trying to get the right brightness level to give decent flats for each filter. You can get it from here: http://paw-print.com Steve
  7. oleg_astro

    Ubuntu Astronomy 16.04

    This is an open project "Ubuntu Astronomy" for amateurs. Free Live DVD distributive designed for astronomy amateurs. This DVD contains different astronomical programs, for example: planetariums, image processing, astro-hardware control, INDI drivers, etc. Based on Ubuntu 16.04. You can download *.iso from its page https://sourceforge.net/projects/ubuntu-astronomy-16-04/
  8. Hello to the Linux users. I know that some of you use Linux and the software "Cheese" to record videos that will be stacked into planetary images. I haven't been playing with Linux for a while now, but I know that "Cheese' can be pretty buggy sometimes. I have found a software called "GTK+ UVC Viewer" that, from the reports, seems to be much more stable then cheese and has these main features: - Supports "Universal Video Class" powered webcams - Has a variety of photobooth-like filters, like in Cheese - Like Sharpcap, it supports Dynamic Controls / Vendor Specific Controls (Only Logitech Cams at the moment) - Saving the output in a variety of formats and codecs. I haven't tried the software myself yet, but the reviews seem encouraging and put this software ahead of Cheese. I hope to give it a try as soon as I can. See the official website of GTK+ UVC Viewerfor more infos or try to look it up in your Linux distribution software repository. I hope this will be of use for the Linux users. Clear Skies
  9. I have given a lot of thought to some of the software programs out there, like The Sky, Skytools etc. I suppose it is worth it if one is a serious observer.... but what about the casual observer. I find everything I need to know on free software like stellarium. What are your thoughts guys??
  10. astrosathya

    Software Hoarding

    Hey Everyone, I bought a new laptop two days ago. Even though I do have the standard software like APT, PHD1,2, CdC, Stellarium, DSS, ASCOM, EQMOD etc. etc, Anyone have any other software in mind I could install? I'll admit that I kind of hoard them on the PC and not really use them.
  11. I have a QHY9 mono CCD and a CFW2 wheel. I tried using nebulosity V3 to control the rig, but soon realized I needed a script to run the wheel. Would someone please know how to obtain one?
  12. Adrian Condon

    NightSkyToolBox

    Hi, I have just installed an app on my iPad called NightSkyToolBox cost £1.49 to give a number of things. Various time calculations, Polar Alignment, Field of View (FOV) giving Scope and camera details and it calculates Resolution and FOV. Great... To pick up the Longitude and Latitude, it needs the Privacy set to "ON" and the status for the app set to "while app on" changed from "Never". Thanks Adrian
  13. On the morning of October 14 the sky in Germany was clear and the seeing was between average and good. I wanted to test the new release of my MoonPanoramaMaker software, so I set up my telescope in the garden. In fully automatic mode the 30 videos for a high-res panorama were captured. Here is a "thumbnail picture" of the panorama: You find the panorama in full resolution here. Make sure to view the picture at 100% zoom. The inidividual video files were taken with an ASI120MM-S camera through a 685nm red filter and my C11 telescope. If you are interested in the technical details, you can see here two pictures of my setup. First the whole thing: And then a closeup of my laptop with all the necessary software running: Best regards, Rolf
  14. DavidJM

    Sky Safari 5

    So I keep reading that sky safari is the best software out there, I use stellarium on my tablet and dso planner pro which is Ok, stellarium isn't a patch on the PC version but I rarely get the laptop out these days. Having missed the great Android sale last week is sky safari worth the expense £13.99 for plus and £37.49 for Pro, are sales a common thing? Is Pro worth over double the price of Plus? Help appreciated
  15. Hello, first time poster here :-) There is plenty of software out there for imaging on Windows but what about us fellos who are running Linux? I am looking at getting my first astrophotography rig and I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible. A new laptop could be within budget but I'd like to avoid if possible, the money could be spent on better things. I'd be using my DSLR, at least to start with. What are the options, capture & processing wise, if any?
  16. GreatAttractor

    ImPP (Image Post-Processor)

    NOTE: This program has been superseded by ImPPG, which includes all the below functionality in a full-fledged GUI. Image Post-Processor performs Lucy-Richardson deconvolution, histogram stretch, gamma correction and unsharp masking. Both a command-line tool and a graphical user interface (GUI) wrapper for processing of multiple files are available. Discussion threads: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/230841-impp-%E2%80%93-batch-lucy-richardson-deconvolution-and-more-of-stacks/ http://solarchat.natca.net/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13927 Building from source code (C++) requires Boost and wxWidgets (for the GUI) libraries and is possible on multiple platforms. Files: impp.zip: Windows command-line program, GUI and source code impp-src.zip: source code of the command-line tool impp-gui-src.zip: source code of the GUI If you are not sure what you need: download the latest impp.zip, unpack it and run impp-gui.exe. impp: version 0.3 (2014-11-30) New features: – better performance for large L-R "sigma" thanks to Young & van Vliet recursive convolution (Y&vV can be also forced by "--conv yvv")impp-gui: version 0.1.2 (2014-11-30) Bug fixes: - fixed output directory sometimes having the deepest sub-folder appearing twiceimpp.zip impp-src.zip impp-gui-src.zip impp: version 0.2 (2014-11-27) New features: – L-R deconvolution performance improved by 24%-40%, depending on L-R "sigma" and num. of threadsimpp.zip impp-src.zip impp: version 0.1.1 (2014-11-26) New features: – measuring time of L-R deconvolution – slightly improved performance – added MS C++ makefile Bug fixes: – fixed code that would crash with OpenMP with some compilers impp-gui: version 0.1.1 (2014-11-26) New features: – added MS C++ makefile Bug fixes: – fixed setting of output file name's extension impp.zip impp-src.zip impp-gui-src.zip Version 0.1 (2014-11-21) impp.zip impp-src.zip impp-gui-src.zip
  17. crcooney

    Starry Night 7

    All, Just wanted to see what you guys thought about the Starry Night 7 software. It came with my scope and I thought it would be great. I considered getting the Pro Plus before I found out Celestron gives a copy of 7se with their scopes, but I'm not very impressed with the version that I have, so it makes me wonder if the pricey pro plus would be about the same. I have a Surface pro 4 tablet that I love but after hours of trying to getting the software to install, I gave up and blew the dust off of my old laptop because I knew it would have the proper drivers. SN7 installed and I've been playing around with the program (don't yet have the scope to pc cable for control) but honestly I'm not impressed. My surface has StarWalk 2 that I use as a guide when I'm out observing which I feel is decent (constant compass cal issues). Also, if you can't get microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 on your pc/tablet, know that starry night and the ASCOM control won't install. I would have had to reinstall windows 10 on the surface (among other things) to get the .NET 3.5 drivers to install, which I felt was just too much. I'm very computer literate and it doesn't scare me, but I knew that my 6 year old, falling apart laptop could run it because it has windows 7. It agitates me that the almost $1,000 Surface can't install the older 3.5 driver, but thats the first problem that I've had out of it. What's your thoughts on the software? Any others that you prefer? Also, what other chart & control software is out there? I know of a few, just want to see what the opinions are.
  18. scottphillips

    Stellarium Trouble

    hi guys just downloaded stellarium and this has come up and wont let me open stellarium ??
  19. Hi guys, for ages now ive been using my daughters notepad, its not very good and not fair on her me keep on pinching it lol, so with my birthday coming up in a few weeks, i was thinking about saving up and treating myself to a half decent desktop, ive been into AP for a while but am no pro by all means lol, from experiance i know that stacking DSO images is ONE HELL of a drainer on memory! and i had to give up with DSO as the pc was just not up to it.... ill also be needing the pc for photoshop, lightroom, stacking etc, all the norm programs for picture and video editing but im not too clued up on the pc front these days! i was looking into building my own pc but from what i can see its no cheaper at all, this pre built one i have been looking at seems ok (what do you think?) http://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/range/novatechblacknta12.html i added all the pieces from the above link to see if it did come out cheaper if i were to build it but it only came out £30 cheaper and i didnt add no mouse or keyboard lol so im thinking just to save me the headache and get a warranty to get a pre built one? will the above pc be ok for what i need it to do? also is it worth investing in an SSD hard drive? just to run O/S and programs off? they seem amazing with no moving parts! boy have pc's changed since i was into them (about 15 years ago lol) any help and advice will be greatly appreciated guys all the best martin
  20. Hello! I was wondering if there was a preferred version of windows for imaging with dedicated cams? Have I read somewhere in SGL that many favor windows 7 over 10?.
  21. Hi Reinvigorated into imaging after attending a weekend SPA course at Preston Montford FSC centre, I've bought myself a Windows 10 laptop, but come up against a problem: I'm trying to install the drivers for the OpticStar DS335C ICE camera. I've got the latest drivers from OpticStar, but each time I try to install them, using the step-by-step instructions, I come up with a blue screen and the message: "stop code SYSTEM THREAD EXCEPTION NOT HANDLED What failed DS 335C64.sys" I've checked that I have administrator rights and that my laptop is indeed 64 bit. I've had no problems installing programs such as FireCapture (although version 6 didn't include the webcam option, so installed v.5 instead). Nebulosity which is on the same disk as the OpticStar camera loaded fine. Can anyone help, before I chuck the blasted laptop through the window and really make it crash!!!! (I should probably say that I'm normally a Mac user, so not used to such problems!)
  22. Hello. Just found out that Stellarium is finally available for android devices, although it's not free. Has anyone tried it yet and if so, what are your opinions?
  23. alanwestlake

    ATP with PlateSolve

    Hi all, Has anyone had any luck using APT along with PlateSolve. I had a quick go earlier in the year and at first thought it worked well as i happened to be on target. However, the next evening I was off target by quite some considerable distance and it still tried to tell me that the object was at the centre of the image - it wasn't! I'll try it again come the darker nights but just wondered if anyone had regularly had it working - just to make sure i'm not flogging a lemon!
  24. Hi, We will be moving house soon (hopefully) and I have been given permission to put up an obsy at the new address. I was thinking of buying one but thought that building one might be better for my needs. Not having built a shed before; does anyone know of a design program or app for building sheds. It's silly things like not knowing what size timber to use for the supporting framework or how far apart the uprights need to be etc. Any information would be most helpful; and then roll on winter!
  25. Good Morning, Does any of the guiding softwares out there auto-correct a sync scan auto dob, with the use of a guide scope? The main use would be to to keep Planets in view so several runs of imaging them can be done in a session. I notice my XT8G does drift out of view ever 10mins at 250x. If I wanted to take gifs or many shots of something I'd need it to stay more dead on for longer than that. I have gotten as close to perfect gps coordinates, time to the second etc. Thanks Enrico
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