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  1. As I am ready to invest in this new CMOS camera from ZWO the Asi2600mc pro , I am trying to understand why this camera will be better than a DSLR with a filter Infront.... How this camera will give me better images ? I have used DSLR camera some years ago , when I was starting this hobby but after that I have been through mono ccd's , since the time I realized that unfortunately due to lack of time I can not continue with mono imaging and filters.... So I am thinking to give it a try with a brand new, let's say technology of Color CMOS and see what I can get out of it.... I see some really nice examples on the net but am I going to achieve them ? The Zwo Asi294mc pro widely used around the world is also very promising...Discontinued already as I hear...Amp glow issues....is it really so annoying ?cheaper than the new asi2600 MC pro by half price.... So can someone persuade me that the Zwo Asi2600mc pro is better than the others ?
  2. Hi Can I please ask, is there anyone out there with the following or a similar setup to this: William Optics Z61 Scope + WO 61A Flattener + ZWO ASI533MC Pro (or other ZWO Camera) ? Currently, I have been using the following setup: William Optics Z61 Scope + WO 61A Flattener + Nikon DSLR However, by the end of the week I am hoping to have this new setup: William Optics Z61 Scope + WO 61A Flattener + ZWO ASI533MC Pro I was really just wondering how the more experienced out there had configured/connected their equipment together? How people connect their ZWO cameras to the flatteners? Are the flatteners still required with the smaller sensor cameras ? I was just wondering if anyone has any pictures of similar setups to above please (equipment trains)? Thanks in advance for any comments or advice.
  3. Question, is my pier out of level if I'm trying to PA (with asiair pro) and both directions are moving when I adjust the alt bolts? I can't get the mount polar aligned. Mount neq6 pro Pier mounted on a concrete slab OTA c8 with .63 reducer Camera asi294mc pro Zwo OAG Thanks in advance
  4. How can I set up APT so that it always connects by default to my imaging camera? I have an irritating problem that APT will regularly connect to my guide camera, even though that camera is already connected in Phd2. I have created two APT shortcuts on the desktop, one specifying camera 2 (which usually is the guidecam) and the other specifying camera 1 (which is usually the imaging camera), but it looks like cameras 1 and 2 are not absolutely assigned to the ASI1600mm (imaging) and ASI290MC (guiding). At APT startup, in the log it will say 'Connected to ASI1600mm' and then imediately say 'sensor size 5.6mmx3.2mm'. Then I know I have a problem as it's obviously not the 1600! I can usually sort it out by disconnecting, Shift-Connecting (to get the camera selection dialog), and selecting cameras 1 and 2 until I get the correct sensor size. There must be a better way?
  5. Just wondering what other people have experienced with this camera. I'm using a MacBook Pro, and want to use this camera with my Celestron 8SE. Primarily interested in the planets and the moon, but some deep sky images would be great if it's up to it. It seems to be out of stock every where, but at $249 is about what I can afford to spend (no income at the moment). All of the research I've been able to do on this camera indicates it should work well with my set up. I'm just curious if you have had any issues or problems. Thanks in advance!
  6. Note on this issue: A suggestion from another forum seems to have found the problem but I'm not sure. It was suggested that after 3 hours my power tank was drained enough to inhibit the operation of the cooler. I attached my second (smaller) power tank and it seems to be working now. Of course the camera sat for awhile before I was given the idea that power was the issue and decided to try a test with a new power source. If anyone has any additional information or suggestion for me they would be appreciated. Original issue is below: HELP PLEASE! ASI294 MC Pro Stopped cooling Also have an image saving issue. I'll try to give as much detail as I can: Using APT with an ASI294 MC Pro - CAMERA IS NEW Cooler is powered by a Celestron Powertank 17 fully charged connected using an Orion DC cable w/Auto Lighter Plug Connecting via ASCOM ASI Camera 1 setting Properties are Image Type RAW 16 Bayer RGGB Unity Gain Gain 120 Offset 30 USB limit 40 The camera is plugged directly into the laptop NOT a USB hub. I believe all my laptops USB ports are USB 2.0 No other software (such as PHD2) was running. No other cameras attached. Trying to create a dark library. Cooling to -5C from room temp of around 25-30C Camera and cooler were working fine for a couple of hours but I then ran into a snag: I got a time-out message from APT saying "Still waiting image from the camera - 30s" also - The cooling stopped working. (Red light indicating power is still on. Fan is still spinning.) I'm also noticing that the laptop is making the chime noise it makes when something is unplugged or plugged in. I tried connecting to the camera just using APT's ZWO camera setting with the same results. Black level and USB speed settings were left blank. Disconnecting and reconnecting everything seems to fix the problem only for a minute then I'm right back into the same problem. Changing USB ports does not help. I tried using ZWO's "ASI Studio" and I did not seem to have any problems capturing images but the cooler didn't seem to be working. (Power was = 100%) I tried using Sharpcap and did not seem to be able to do anything but I'm very unfamiliar with that software. I went back to APT and tried doing 10 lights exposures of 30 sec each with no power to the cooler. Those went ok. I then connected the cooler. The cooler cooled the camera down to 23.2C then stopped. Cooling Aid settings are Target -5 Step 5 Pause 5 Timeout 120 (also tried timeout 300) Disconnected the cooler and ran another set of 10 30 sec light subs. These went ok. Tried set of 10 10 sec darks without cooler. This also went ok. I tried reinstalling the ASCOM drivers from the ASI site, restarted the laptop, restarted APT. Camera cooled from around 30C to 25.3C then stopped cooling (Red light indicating power is still on. Fan is still spinning.) I again started hearing the plugged/unplugged chimes from the laptop. So right now this seems to be some issue with the cooling. Is the camera defective? While I'm not computer illiterate, I'm not highly technical. I'd appreciate any help or advice but please put it into simple straightforward terms.
  7. Hi All, Im looking for preloved zwo asi 183mm Pro or 1600mm Pro and a zwo 8x1.25 inch EFW. Let me know if you have anything suitable. Many Thanks, Ronan
  8. Sony IMX294 4/3 CMOS Sensor Extremely low read noise - 1.2e @30db gain 14Bit ADC - provides real 14bit dynamic range Electronic shutter - no issues with vibrations sometimes found in mechanical shutters USB3.0 Port (back compatible with USB2.0) - 16fps@4144×2822 AR coated protective window - all light can pass Compatible with Windows / Mac OS / Linux LIKE NEW £750 FLO price with delivery is £1,022.95 ill pay shipping getting ASI6200mc Pro why I'm selling camera is perfect. The camera will be shipped in box with all the extras
  9. Restoring a Backup on a Mac Something else I came across and a chap called Terry on Facebook had a solution. Again, you might already know this, but just in case. Backup You buy a new ASIAIR Pro, you are pretty much advised that one of the first things you should do, is to create a backup of your software(includes your license key) from the supplied SD card. And one of the common methods suggested for Mac users is to use the “Apple Pi Baker” program/application. So, I used the application to create my backup and saved it in a safe place, in fact I made two copies(belt and braces). Then, yesterday, I thought I should really try to restore one of these backups to make sure they actually work, else what is the point of having a backup for that rainy day. And actually, I will keep the original safe and use my copy going forward. Restore So, I inserted a new blank SD card(Fat32) and started the restore process, letting it run its course. Once it had finished, I did a quick eye ball to compare the copy to the original and all the files appeared to be there. I then plugged the restored SD card back into the ASIAIR Pro, but the device would not start/boot up! Just in case, I then reformatted another SD card and tried that one, but still no good. I then created another backup from the original SD card(so all in all I had img and zip versions) and tried to restore them, the same result, fail. On further investigation, it looks like this is fairly common. Terry on ASIAIR Facebook group suggested downloading the file from the ZWO website, but then using your own License file. I then used the ASIAIR PRO link above(from the “How_to_Restore_ASIAIR_OS.pdf” on line doc) to get the file. First, keeping a copy of my zwoair_license safe of course(still on the original SD card). The file is pretty large, unzips to about 31 GB and takes a while to download(9GB zipped) even on cable. I then restored(using Apple Pi Baker) this new downloaded file to my new SD card and once it had completed, I then overwrote(replaced) the existing “zwoair_license” file with my original(my unique supplied copy). Next, I then inserted the new copied/restored SD card into the ASIAIR Pro and it started. Finally, I then connected via the ASIAIR app using my IPhone and was prompted to update the firmware to the latest version which I did. Happy Ending Bingo all good, the original SD card supplied by ZWO stored in a safe place and I am now using this copy going forward.
  10. Hi! Have anyone tried to make a DIY version of hand controller for zwo eaf focuser? Or tried measuring what is the output of the controller? I want to print a hand controller +battery case all in one but unfortunately do not have the controller to check what needs to be outputted thru connector. I assume it will be pretty basic like shortening contact but maybe someone has already checked Thanks for looking!
  11. Because of the current situation, I have, as many of you guys probably have too, spend a lot more time under the stars when possible. It has literally been over a year since last I was out doing some astrophotography because of work. So here is my second take after the long break, NGC 3344 (The Sliced Onion Galaxy). Initially I thought it would be a lot fainter than it was, so it was basically a shot in the dark, of just trying to get back at doing this. But the final image actually showed a lot more detail than I would've hoped for! Spring lent a lot of clear night, but those seems to be gone already. I would've hoped for a few more hours to add some more luminance data to it, as I did have to push it quite a bit. I am not too happy with the shape of the stars either. Guiding was not very stable through the night, even though balance and polar alignment seemed to be good. Might need to update my Celestron PEC data? Any advice or feedback is very welcome! NGC 3344 (Sliced Onion Galaxy) _______________________ Image: Luminance - 13x16 min RGB - 2x16 min each Flat and Dark calibrated Gain 111 Offset 40 Total Integration - 5 Hours 4 minutes (LRGB) _____________________ Gear Used: Skywatcher 150PDS Celestron AVX Mount ZWO ASI 183MM-Pro Baader 2'' Neodymium Filter Baader 1,25'' RGB Filters ZWO Mini EFWExplore Scientific Coma CorrectorToupTek Camera G-1200-KMB Mono GuiderOrion Mini 50mm Guidescope ______________________ Software:SharpcapPHD 2Photoshop CS2Deep Sky StackerStellarium/Stellarium ScopeAstrotortilla
  12. Hi all, Since a few days, I'm the proud owner of the asi1600 Pro. Performed some first tests, see: https://youtu.be/hHJBbpNoi2I I used SGP Pro to test cooling and dark frames (2m and 5m) on unity gain settings. Is it ok to use unity gain (139) setting or should I use high dynamic range? Also, this is my first mono. Do I need to take flats/bias frames for each filter separately? And how could I stack either broadband or narrowband images? I'm used to deep sky stacker. Cheers, Wido
  13. Uncooled ZWO ASI178MC camera
  14. For sale is my used for 10mins ASI120MC-S, this is the new USB3 colour model, cost me £228 from telescope house. It is in as new condition, i used it for 10mins with sharpcap but have decided to stick with my DSLR, i just feel more comfortable with what i know. Bargain (new as) £190 includes free special delivery next day by 1pm. Save yourself £40 odd and buy mine instead. Thanks.
  15. Hey fellas I have a 1600mm cooled version. I was spending Last couple of nights in field trying to do some AP, but the camera didn't work. Everything seems to be ok. I have temperature's info, the 120mm data comes in flawlessly, EFW works just fine. But when camera finishes the exposure it hangs on downloading. I reduced usb traffic, no luck. I switched programs, sharpcap, SGP, nebulosity and even maxim-dl. I switched cables, and again no luck. I took my rig home, set up evertything and camera works just fine. Everything is ok. I took 40, 4 min frames, not a single problem. Then I took it out last night, tried to capture, and again it fails to download and hangs on downloading. It is getting really frustrating. Could you please help me out? Regards, Rez
  16. ZWO provides you inside the box of the ASI1600 a couple of washer to be used between the camera body and the filter wheel so everything keep it's proper orthogonal alignment. In my specific case, when using the ZWO EFW 8 slots, I needed a few more spacer millimeters between the camera's body and the filter wheel, so I decided to print them. You've got a couple of sizes to download: 0.25mm 0.50mm 0.65mm 1.00mm Download the models from Thing 2426248.
  17. From the album: DSO Imaging

    M52 20 x 3 min guided subs 10 each flat, bias and darks
  18. Having a clear out to fund a feather touch microfocuser for my edge. Baader diamond track SCT (lovely but a bit too heavy ) £180 2 months old , as new.-----Sold elsewhere --------------------------- ZWO asi120MC £80--------------------------------------------Sold to charl, Many thanks. William optics 2" extender £18 --------------------------Sold to Adrian, Many thanks . FLO premium Cheshire £18-------------------------------Sold to Ultramol , Many thanks ----------- Postage £6 each item PayPal / cash meet up around M25 / 127 area.
  19. I used my ZWO ADC a couple of nights ago for the first time, well the first time 'properly'. However, the end result is an image with lines across it. Anyone any idea what is causing this? I wasn't able to properly align the colours so captured a video anyway so maybe that is a possibility? Thanks Colin
  20. Hi guys, I am after a camera for high-resolution imaging of our Moon. I would like to try planetary imaging as well but Moon is a priority. Looking at the prices it's pretty much between ZWO and Imaging Source brands. The telescope that will be used with the camera is a C9.25 f10. Any advice is appreciated. Cheers.
  21. Apologies for asking a question that must have been asked a thosand times before - but where can I find a simple step by step guide to capturing and processing a planetary image? The bright shiny red ZWO camera arrived today , and I have got it talking to FireCapture on the laptop, and even making a short movie. The movie is monochrome (the camera label assures me it's colour) but I mustn't quibble. But then what happens? Does SharpCap sort and stack the frames? I crave simplicity, and (preferably) written answers (on one side of a postcard). Can anyone point me in the right direction?
  22. Hi, I bought my first telescope, SW 150pds about 6 months ago with the purpose of astroimaging "when i feel ready". So far ive used my Nikon D810 for that, and I'm now planning on taking the step buying my first AP camera. My targets would be DSO's, and not planetary. I want a mono-camera, not color. I want to get away with a very good camera to a reasonable price (wouldn't we all...) and in this regard I've been drooling on the ZWO ASI 1600MM Mono for some time. The price for it is in the upper part of my budget, but I'm willing to if its worth it. I've seen from other treads that sensor-size isn't everything, and dynamic range and gain and all is just as important, but i have trouble understanding it all 100% when it's all new to me, but in my experience i am a practical person who learns things much better and faster with the gear in my hand. So without getting to technical, and staying as objective as possible - please help me with; 1. Is this a good camera to go for? 2. It's sold with options of filters 1.25", 31mm or 36mm - Why these options, and what determines what i would choose? 3. Would you go for another camera in this price range, and why? - Or to rephrase it a bit; If you were in my shoes, which camera would you og for? I'd appreciate any help:) I might add, that i understand that with my lack of experience, buying a mono-camera with filters and all might seem premature, but for some strange reason. I enjoy these "way over my head"-projects and figuring out things as time goes - I just need some guiding in the right direction.
  23. Hi I have recently purchased a ZWO ASI120MC-S webcam from FLO. I wanted to try it the other night so I decided to get some test images for the moon. I was using Sharpcap for this. I manged to get the video and was using Autostakkert to stack it. On the final stacked image I can see that there are some strange vertical lines. I have attached a picture of that. There is also a zoomed in image of a region and I can see some small squares almost resembling the pixels on the sensor. Below are my capture settings as given by SharpCap. [ZWO ASI120MC-S] Debayer Preview=On Pan=0 Tilt=0 Output Format=AVI files (*.avi) Binning=1 Capture Area=1280x960 Colour Space=RAW8 Temperature=19.2 High Speed Mode=Off Overclock=0 Turbo USB=86(Auto) Flip=Both Frame Rate Limit=60 fps Gain=50(Auto) Exposure=0.001993 Timestamp Frames=Off White Bal (B)=95 White Bal (R)=52 Brightness=0 Auto Exp Max Gain=50 Auto Exp Max Exp M S=30000 Auto Exp Target Brightness=100 Mono Bin=Off Apply Flat=None Subtract Dark=None #Black Point Display Black Point=0 #MidTone Point Display MidTone Point=0.5 #White Point Display White Point=1 TimeStamp=2018-06-25T23:13:22.6772909Z SharpCapVersion=3.1.5214.0 For Autostakkert (v2.6.8 ) I was not doing anything fancy. Pressed analyze and then used 50% of the frames to stack. Used 200 as the AP size. Also, had the drizzle as 1.5x My camera was mounted to a skywatcher 200pds and HEQ5 mount. I am failing to understand what is going wrong here. Is the camera a problem or stacking is an issue ? Please let me know if there is any more information that you need. Thanks and Regards, Yogesh moon_25062018_1min_00_13_20_g4_ap35_Drizzle15.tif moon_25062018_1min_00_13_20_g4_ap35_Drizzle15_ZOOM.tif
  24. I am imaging with a ZWO 178mc-cooled and am having trouble removing amp glow. I am using darks in the same conditions as lights and stacking and imaging with SharpCap. I am left with a image looking like below. No matter what I do I seem to be always left with this residual amp glow signature, Any ideas out there? Rich
  25. See pdf attached ZWO v Omegon ADC.pdf
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