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I recently got an Orion StarShoot Astrophotography Camera and have had difficulty getting it
to work right. The software that comes with it AstroCap seems horrible. The start/stop mechanisms
are vague, the images won't appear. The best I've been able to do is see scan lines and some
color light or dark variations on the screen after messing with the exposure and the gain.
Popping the camera into the reflector or the refractor telescope yields nothing. I'm told
there is other software that is better supported and more current including SharpCap
and NINA. However so far neither of those recognize my StarShoot with the ASCOM
Can someone tell me precisely what drivers I need to get the Option Starshoot (the original)
to work with SharpCap NINA or some other software? A link would be much appreciated.
What I downloaded from Orion have been AllInOneDrivers.ZIP AllInOneASCOM.ZIP and
ASCOMPlatform 6.1 and later 6.5. The only software where I'm able to deliver even
a poor image to the laptop has been AstroCap. Or if there's a new and improved
AstroCap beyond 1.3.9 do tell!
Hi all! I've been out of the game for some time now but nice to see familiar faces on SGL! I hope everyone is well and keeping sane and safe!
Lots seems to have changed! New cameras, new software, new lots of things! It's hard to get back up to speed after a few years. My Dad (Mick J) keeps me updated. The general image standard is now so high it seems!
I have a bit of a natural break in work and life things so enjoying some time in Crete with other half's family currently. First time using portable set-up for me and to be honest a lucky capture with the comet in the frame mostly by accident!
Approx 55 minutes total of 30s frames and some 10s frames for M42 core, ISO 400. Modded Canon 450D, Samyang 135mm F2. Skywatcher StarAdventurer.
Similar version of lockdown here so taken from city location and passing cloud but happy to just have some time to enjoy a bit of hobby time! Processing gradients wise was tricky!
Larger version here with annotations https://www.astrobin.com/xn9rd1/?nc=user
I run a Youtube Channel and as part of that I like to live stream the telescope. But the problem is lack of consistency.
Orion EON 110, Meade 10" SCT
Orion Mount - Exos2-PMC. Meade Mount 'push to' alt az with clockwork drive
APT, SharpCap, PHD2, Stellarium, ASCOM Hub
Focal Lengths Orion 660mm, Guide Scopes 188mm, SCT 2500mm
Powered USB for ZWO cameras (120 and 294)
Here is what happens:
Cameras, sometimes work, sometimes don't. I am not making the mistake of trying to get APT and SharpCap to view the same camera. I used APT for the guide scope and SharpCap for the main tube and the 294. Sometimes APT will take an image, sometimes it will do live view, sometimes both, sometimes neither. It is very distracting to the stream to spend an HOUR turning the computer off and on, plugging, unplugging and replugging the cameras just to get them to image.
When I do get an image it plate solves at the NCP, but if you move away, setting the coordinates to the scope position or the object I am looking at, it doesn't consistently plate solve. Sometimes it does, sometimes not. It is completely irregular and can change within a session.
Not all three plate solving means even work, for blind solve,
ASTAP never seems to work, either in point craft or locally stand alone
PS2 and ASPS work intermittently, as above
I did download all the catalogs and they are in the default directories.
This is very frustrating and I was wondering if anyone else is having this issue or has suggestions.
By Andrew Bennett
I have a Skywatcher Newtonian telescope ( D:200, f:1000) The other day I noticed that the 'O' ring which was attached to the finder scope had broken. After a bit of digging around, I obtained what I believe is the correct size replacement ( 1.5 mm thickness, 52mm internal diameter). However, I can't see how it attaches to the finder scope ! Can anyone offer some guidance ? Many thanks in advance.
I'm relatively new to the whole telescope thing but have done my research and was fixed on getting the Orion skyquest XT8i or XT10i. By spending that much money, I didn't like the idea of purchasing it online from their website without seeing it in person (and not having the reassurance of being able to take it back) and looked for stores in the UK that would supply them. After plenty of research, it seems like they don't exist anymore and they are only in the US? Is this right or could anyone help me?
(I've looked at the Sky-watcher 250PX/200PX flextube skyscan goto but it is significantly heavier and the noise of the goto mechanism sounds like a table saw so that's put me off of it...)
Any help would be much appreciated,