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  1. Yesterday we released version 0.20.4 of Stellarium. The major changes of this version: - Added Calendars plugin - Many changes in AstroCalc tool and core of Stellarium - Many changes in plugins - Updated DSO catalog - Removed Compass Marks plugin (the feature moved into core) Download binary packages for Windows, Mac and Linux you may here: https://github.com/Stellarium/stellarium/releases/tag/v0.20.4 Thank you very much to community for bug reports, feature requests and contributions! Full list of changes: - Added Balinese Pawukon calendar into Calendars plugin - Added notes on polygonal landscapes (technical restrictions) (GH: #1397) - Added Calendars plugin (GH: #1343) - Added configurable values for quick FOV tool (GH: #1391) - Added new zoom algorithm (GH: #1415, #529) - Added compass marks into core of planetarium - Added ability to hide cardinal and compass buttons from the GUI - Added missing time zone America/Godthab - Added few DSO textures (GH: #1402, #1441) - Added Galactic Center and Anticenter points - Added a config option to use multisampling for rendering "Planet"s (GH: #1388) - Added landers from the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program into list of locations - Added on-screen controls for OAG in Oculars plugin (GH: #935) - Added table view of exoplanets (GH: #1141) - Added show angular distance between the moon and host planet (GH: #1372) - Added classical cepheids filter for AstroCalc/WUT tool - Added Algol-type eclipsing systems filter for AstroCalc/WUT tool (GH: #1355) - Added ability to toggle to using decimal degrees for various navigational data through follow the option "Use decimal degrees" in the main GUI (GH: #1344) - Added script with shortcut, which add ability to jump to random location for celestial navigation game and practice (GH: #1345, #1058) - Added support flip commands into Scripting Engine (GH: #1351) - Added new language: Central Atlas Tamazight - Added comet icon for ephemeris points plotting for AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool (GH: #1332) - Added script skybox.ssc into list of translatable scripts (GH: #1335) - Added config option to hide selection markers (default: viewing/flag_show_selection_marker = true) (GH: #1321) - Added export list of objects as Stellarium bookmarks into AstroCalc/WUT tool - Added support capital Greek chars in Search Tool (GH: #1282) - Added some discoverer’s original designation for double stars as their scientific designations (GH: #1282) - Added option to hide unlabelled ephemeris markers (GH: #1315) - Added ability to run the silent uninstall Stellarium in Windows - Added ability use decimals value for ephemeris steps in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool (GH: #1289) - Added "No" default for deletion confirmation warning (GH: #1292) - Added ability to toggle show extra decimals in the navigational info (GH: #1303) - Added tool for build an AppImage package (GH: #1288) - Added ability for following an option ''Use decimal degrees" for longitude and latitude in Location dialog to define format of data (GH: #1416) - Fixed collision calendars panel with bottom button bar (GH: #1422) - Fixed zooming to FOV when duration is zero (GH: #1430) - Fixed designations for star HIP 62819 (GH: #1432) - Fixed crash when attempting to add a sensor (GH: #1407, #1403) - Fixed UMa figure in S&T skyculture (GH: #1414) - Fixed typos in Chinese skyculture (GH: #1413) - Fixed text for meteor showers plugin (GH: #1387) - Fixed the visual style of color chooser (GH: #1395) - Fixed GUI of AstroCalc/Positions tool - Fixed error in GUI of AstroCalc/WUT tool - Fixed errors in documents for scripting engine - Fixed typos and errors in various sky cultures - Fixed running scripting method core.quitStellarium(); (GH: #1363) - Fixed the location of Dunsink Observatory (GH: #1370) - Fixed rendering orbits with undefined period - Fixed orbital elements for comet Halley (1986) in the default ssystem_minor.ini file - Fixed typos in skycultures - Fixed odd cyclic behaviour of HiPS (GH: #1323) - Fixed odd survey interaction (GH: #1314) - Fixed crash when reference.fab file has wrong format - Fixed closing various dialogs (fix #1305, #1338) - Fixed sorting issue in AstroCalc/Ephemeris tool - Fixed search stars by designations (u Her and U Her are different stars!) (GH: #1282) - Fixed adding extra designations for stars, who already has Bayer and Flamsteed designations (GH: #1282) - Fixed sorting stars by their designations (partially) (GH: #1282) - Fixed selecting invisible stars (GH: #1331) - Fixed switch to native planet names when skyculture is changed in Location dialog (GH: #1203) - Fixed installing star names for Western (O.Hlad) skyculture (GH: #1170) - Fixed typecast: avoiding of jumping the markers of exoplanets and pulsars (GH: #1286) - Fixed handling custom shortcuts and few spell-check fixes - Fixed GUI issue in Observability plugin - Fixed inconsistency of NGC/IC list in AstroCalc/WUT tool (GH: #1310) - Fixed filling version info for Windows installer - Fixed installer for Windows - Fixed translatable string for Icelandic calendar - Fixed Puppis constellation lines in S&T skyculture (GH: #1438) - Fixed Mensa and Microscopium in S&T skyculture (GH: #1440) - Changed rendering planets: improve planets' halos size in relation to stars' (GH: #1361, #367) - Changed rendering of orbits in Satellites plugin: Hide invisible part of orbits when "hide invisible artificial sats" option is enabled (GH: #1349) - Changed GUI behavior: Enlarged maximum dialog size (GH: #1318) - Changed versioning scheme of Stellarium - Changed few DSO textures: reduce the size of some texture files (GH: #1442) - Updated Stellarium User Guide (GH: #1334) - Updated DSO catalog (v3.12) - Updated GUI of Calendars plugin - Updated GUI: refactored block "Additional buttons" - Updated description of Chinese skyculture (GH: #1410) - Updated Bengali descriptions for landscapes and skycultures (GH: #1380) - Updated nomenclature data - Updated few DSO outlines (GH: #1368) - Updated initial time steps for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool (GH: #372) - Updated Solar System Editor pluign: improve docs + added confirmation dialog (GH: #1304) - Updated DSO names - Updated upper limit for font size - Updated GUI of AstroCalc tools - Updated Exoplanets plugin: added extra info - Updated Satellites plugin: cosmetic improvement the handling the visibility of satellites by their groups - Removed Compass Marks plugin - Removed the XPM version of the app icon (GH: #1384) - Removed dead links from skycultures - Removed support of shortcuts from AstroCalc tools (GH: #1293)
  2. Hello everyone, I've read about Starnet++ lately and I wanna give it a try. Tried to get it from here but there are some issues. It seems like I can't find any viable kit. I would really appreciate if someone can provide a link to download. Thank you, Vlad
  3. Hi there, I have a problem using Registax 6 when it keeps having a blank screen when I start to stack. It keeps saying: has anyone got any solutions? This the first time a tried aligning and stacking an image and it happened) Any help would be great, Regards,
  4. Hi - I'm a new member of this great forum and a complete beginner. I would be grateful for ideas or suggestions if you have time please. Last night at around 2230hrs i was laying on my back garden in the moist grass gazing up at the night sky. Clear skies North and South but cloudy in the East, Patchy West. No telescope, just my mug of tea and a blanket. I have always known where North is since a young lad. Find the Plough, top and last star of the saucepan and follow in a straight line for 6 thumbs and there is the North star. Great. Then, as i looked at it with my new eyes as a new budding novice, it suddenly dawned on me. Like most of us on this planet we all look at our night sky, think how beautiful it is, be humbled, thankful, in awe, spiritual, emotional and so on, then go about our business. But not now! Now I am looking up with deranged eyes and mind, thinking i have not a clue about any of this wonderous sight before me. I have no names, no vocabulary, no maps, no idea of where to start and no plan at all. So far i have been looking at equipment needed to get started, which in itself was overwhelming, but made a choice and picked out my telescope. And indeed some members here, have kindly said i made a decent choice to start with....... As it got gradually darker (and colder) the stars got brighter. So i picked out a line from the middle of the Plough and followed if by about 13 thumbs (sorry for the boyhood terms) and found a big bright star and below that, by half a thumb, a collection of faint stars which i could see better by averting my gaze. It dawned on me again. I cant be doing this all night without any clue of technical knowledge. Bewildered, I stood up and looked toward the South West and saw what i know to be Jupiter and i think Saturn (fainter). This again brought it home just how little i know and just how much learning is needed just to get going. I went inside and on my PC ( i dont have an i -phone or android tablet ) and found Stellarium. Looked at the online sample, stuck in my location and upcame a northerly view of what i had been looking at. I found the names to my delight and ran outside to try and match up what i had seen. But it took at least 10 minutes before my eyes got used to the dark again. Then identified said bright star as Arcturas and below that faint collection as Gaia. ( i think ) Cocker hoop, i ran back inside and looked again at the PC for more names. This went on for about an hour or so. I felt elated at finding the star called Dubhe which was my boyhood top of saucepan star and on to Polaris. Back to Ursa major across again to Arcturas and below that Gaia, carefully usig my thumb to get the right measure. I couldn't see capalla coz of cloud to the east. Back inside I thought just how do other people do this. Hence this message. I need to work out a plan, what are the right maps, is Stellarium good start or something similar. What hard copy maps and best beginners books? Is it a good idea to pick up a small bit of sky, and work outwards from that, then when comfortable, move on to other directions. Or do I pick out known objects, like the Moon and other near planets and go from there. Or do I do a bit of everything bit by bit.? What is the best way of logging my progress? And many more questions..... Sorry for length of this topic matter, if I have made mistakes with names and if the questions asked are basic. I would be grateful for your thoughts and advice - thanks a million. Garry
  5. I am sure there are loads of these polls but there seems so many available now I was wondering what, and why, people are using them. Poll is set to close end of August so it doesn't go on running forever. Thanks for participating Steve
  6. Hello, Since a couple of months I'm a EQ6-R Pro user. So far I've been using the synscan handcontroller to do the star alignment. I would like the use software like stellarium, kstars or cartes du ciel thru the direct connection with mount, so no longer using the synscan handcontroller. I've tried but when I search an object and make the software slew to it, it's way off. I'm quite confident with my polar alignment as I'm using the QHYCCD PolarScope (and furthermore I've read on this forum that polar alignment and star alignment are not the same). Can somebody please explain how to do star alignment with software like stellarium, kstars or cartes du ciel - I suppose there's is some general procedure that applies to software like the three I mention? Many thanks, AstroRookie
  7. Hi everyone I am a proud member of a team working on a multi-platform live stacking solution : ALS (Astro Live Stacker => https://als-app.org) It runs fine on PC (GNU/Linux and Windows 7 to 10), OSX and RaspBerry. Current stable version is very basic : Polling a folder to detect new images (any FITS or DSLR RAW) then align + stack (Mean or Sum) + autostrech + levels + RGB balance. ALS also has a built-in webserver so your pals at the astroclub can see the results, provided everyone is on the same network. We are working hard on new features like Dark subtraction + Hot pixel removal and are providing nightly builds for you guys to try it out. Check out https://als-app.org/nightlies/ Handling image capture directly inside ALS using INDI protocol is on our roadmap too. check out our Github repo to know more about it If you could give it a try and help us make ALS a fun & easy way to see and share all those wonders above our heads, that would be much appreciated ! Clear skies to all ! -- Fred
  8. Hi am posting this in case it helps anyone who has suffered the same problem as myself. In a nutshell: Own a Skywatcher Gti mount for some time now and used with some success, also purchased some time ago Skysafari and wanted to use both, with a problem much reported on the web and so much information out there that it can get a bit confusing and certainly in my case frustrating, after all just want stuff to work! After much experimenting and help from other postings this is what happens when you fire up the Gti. The mount generates its own wireless network and becomes the gateway, its IP address is always you see this when making a connection with the Synscan app/program, its very similar to a normal router that serves you the Internet. Any device that then connects to this network then gets an assigned address one up from this, i.e., .3, etc. However if you run the Safari app and go in to settings you will find it has also been allocated an address which is one up from the device you are using. In my case my Ipad was connected to the wireless network and had been given the address of but when I checked the IP address in the settings page of SkySafari it was ! If you accept this you get the error that the app cannot join the wireless network check your settings etc. If you now manually change that address to the same as the device running the Synscan app in my case .2 it should connect and work. However there is a caveat to this, I tried using an Iphone 4 and an old Ipad and they would not work together no matter what. I got the other error message that I had joined the network but the mount did not recognise the device type I had selected (Skywatcher Synscan Alt Az GoTo) and no amount of changing things would solve it. To get around this I used my trusty Win 7 laptop to run the Synscan program and things worked perfectly so it can be done don't give up! Sorry this is so long but I hope it helps someone out there. So to round off when you fire up the mount it becomes address no 1, any physical device gets the next address 2, any software running on the that device gets the next address 3. When you fire up SkySafari it must have the same address as the one that the SynScan app has got and this can e changed in SkySafari settings. None of this makes any sense to me as I thought software couldn't act in that way but there you are. I hope I have got this right feel free to contact me if things don't work Regards Bill
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 !!
  12. Hi Using deepskystacker, I get double images after images are processed, any ideas to what is happening? Frank
  13. 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/
  14. 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??
  15. 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
  16. Anybody know of a piece of software that could detect the change the occurred in an image? I'm doing a project to see if I can find an asteroid or comet without any prior knowledge of where said asteroid/comet is. I'm not really sure where to look for something like this, so any help would be appreciated. Also, I would like something that could run on Mac. But I'll run it on bootcamp if there is no other options. Thanks.
  17. 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
  18. Hello! Today we published first release candidate to version 0.19.1 - please help us testing Stellarium! List of changes between version 0.19.0 and master ( - Added allow to search an inactive meteor showers in Search Tool/Lists tool - Added 'Azimuth vs. Time' graph into AstroCalc/Graphs tool - Added feature to show tracks for latest several selected planets (GH: #539) - Added calculation and showing the orbital period for artificial satellites - Added revolutions per day info for artificial satellites - Added tools for jumping to the next or previous time of rising, transit or setting for selected object (GH: #484) - Added new behavoir for AstroCalc/Graphs when clicking within graph area now sets current time. - Fixed issue in script 'Mercury Triple Sunrise and Sunset' - Fixed crash of Stellarium for eyepieces with permanent crosshair - Fixed Stellarium crash when Remote Control plugin is working - Fixed computation of assume radius for minor planets. - Fixed the issue of the scrolling not working properly on Mac (GH: #393) - Fixed crash in Scripting Engine (Hide artificial satellites through StelProperties in core.clear() method to avoid crash if plugin was didn't loaded) - Fixed planetarium crash in HiPS (network manager delete problem) - Fixed position problems on the Poles (GH: #391) - Fixed scaling Telrad sign on HighDPI monitors - Fixed surface occlusion bug even with landscape turned off in scripting engine (GH: #680) - Fixed building with cmake -DBUILD_SHARED_LIBS=ON (GH: #683) - Fixed error in constellation file format (Babylonian) - Fixed Europe/Volgograd time zone settings (GH: #686) - Fixed HiPS handling of allsky download (GH: #671) - Fixed progress bar rendering (GH: #671) - Fixed positive declinations issue in AstroCalc tool when option 'Use decimal degrees' is enabled (GH: #690) - Fixed file names inconsistency - Fixed constellation line in "Japanese Moon Stations" skyculture - Fixed file name for constellation boundaries in Stellarium User Guide - Fixed the user interface problems in Oculars plug-in (GH: #580) - Fixed getting the wrong values in objects/info method for selected object for different formats (Remote Control plugin) - Fixed refresh plots when AstroCalc dialog becomes visible again (AstroCalc/Graphs tool) - Fixed jquery vulnerability (GH: #694) - Fixed date and time dialog behaviour: Hour/Minute/Second spinners now correctly trigger signals dateChanged(), dateChangedByYear and dateChangedForMonth() when days, months or years are affected by it. - Fixed update graphs in AstroCalc/Graphs tool when days change - Updated planetary nomenclature - Updated common names of stars and DSO's - Updated cmake rules for Windows deployment - Updated DSO textures - Updated behaviour of HiPS survey if Stellarium started without network (GH: #681) - Updated GUI for ArchaeoLines plugin (GH: #689, #682) - Updated default pulsars catalog (v1.60) - Updated list of asterisms - Excluded Armintxe skyculture and landscape from default package Download link: https://github.com/Stellarium/stellarium-data/releases/tag/beta
  19. I wasn't sure where to post this tip....it is probably of most use here.... Many of us with observatories or indoor Mission Control use Windows 10 Pro Remote Desktop to control a scope side computer running camera and scope control software from a second computer indoors. This works superbly at 1080p resolution. However, I have struggled for a year trying to perfect a wireless solution that works with 4K UHD cameras terminating in a 4K UHD display. Until now, whilst cat 6 cable does work fine, wireless even at 5Ghz 802.11ac has struggled with some lag and poor performance. I have spent a fortune upgrading wireless adapters and range extenders, but this isn't the issue! Here is a solution; 1. Seperate your dual band network into distinct 5Ghz and 2.4 Ghz channels. This is easy with (say) a BT Home Hub. If you don't do this, it can be a bit hit or miss whether your 5 Ghz wireless adapters connect to the right channel. You will now see TWO channels, one at 2.4 Ghz with a suffix like <hub name> and another at 5 Ghz named <hub name -5>. Connect your 5Ghz adapters to the latter. If your internal adapters are merely 2.4Ghz, you can disable them via Device Manager and plug in a USB version costing around £5. Note that at 5 Ghz wireless range might drop. If so, a Netgear EX8000 wireless extender is recommended as it employs 'mesh' technology. 2. ONLY if you have a fast network, and powerful CPUs and quality graphics card, try DISABLE 'RemoteFX compression' in RDP. This allows uncompressed screen data to flow across RDP. I have found this improves performance whether using 802.11ac wireless or cat 6 cable. What RemoteFX compression appears to do is limit effective RDP speeds to under 10Mbps (due to translation times). That is crazy if you have 433 Mbps adapters, and an 802.11ac network (or catv6 cable). Unleash the beast! Send across uncompressed data! The issue is not with speed or bandwidth, it is an artificially imposed limit in RDP. To do this type 'Edit Group Policy' in the Windows 10 Pro search box (doesn't work in Win 10 Home). You need to drill down through about five levels of Windows Configeration Folders, and Administration Templates and Remote Desktop Services/Host folders to find a utility named <Edit RemoteFX Compression>. In that, your options are <disable> compression or <enable> a compromise mode. If you don't know how to do this try Googling 'Disabling RemoteFX Compression' to find a lengthy Microsoft tutorial. Or visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/performance-tuning/role/remote-desktop/session-hosts . I deliberately don't here state the quick route sequence to access this deeply embedded network utility command because you are delving deep into developer/administrator territory and do need to understand what you are doing and how to revert to your original RDP settings if your network can't handle these levels of uncompressed screen data. We don't want any novice attempting this on a cheap Compute Stick on an inadequate network! 3. When employing RDP from your computer indoors, select <WAN 10 Mbps> or <LAN 10 Mbps> as appropriate via <Options><Experience>. The default <auto-select my connectivity> often selects too low an option. The irony here is you can select this and still not enjoy faster speeds unless you have edited/disabled RemoteFX compression. I now have Atik Infinity plus CPWI software running in an end to end 4K UHD system terminating in a 4K UHD monitor. Over 802.11ac wireless it is now rock steady. Over cat 6 cable my system is now turbo powered. If you don't need RemoteFX Compression, don't let it restrict your network performance. It is evidently set to ensure it works on lowest common denominator networks. If you have a fast network/CPU, disable RemoteFX compression and finally release the beast of 4k UHD over RDP.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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?
  25. 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 !
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