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I'm using ASIAIR pro with Nikon D3300 DLSR, everything seems fine no majors issues expect operator error at this point 😂
Only question is, why do I only see ISO 100, 200, 400, 800 available in ASIAIR pro (see screen shot)? Does the app limit the ISO because I shouldn't need more than ISO 800 or is there is glitch? Does the DSLR need to be set to a particular setting before connecting to ASIAIR pro? I've asked ZWO the question on their forum, all they said install Beta v1.5 and send log file...done the needful don't see any change in ISO selection and don't know who to transfer the log file.
I wondered if anyone using ASIAIR pro and DLSR has come across something similar.
ps: Nikon D3300 is one of their tested cameras with ASIAIR Pro (as listed on their website).
First of all mine english is not so good so sorry for that.
I am a new to astrophotography. And my setup is
Mount : Skywatcher EQM 35 PRO
Tube : Skywatcher Explorer 150PDS (newtonian)
Camera : Canon 550D
Guide scope : Svbony 60mm compact guide scope
Guide cam : Svbony SV105
I know my setup is weak and cheap but for now I have them (budged problem )
I started the hobby at May and I took some photos that not bad for beggining. I reached 60-90 seconds without guiding.
After that I thought that the time for starting improve the guiding and I bought guiding scope and cam. I know the cam is not for guiding but it was cheap, and I am planing to change it with mono guide cam (like zwo asi120 mono) at next months.
But my first experience for PHD2 was terrible.
I've detected some errors and tried to fix them.
First thing there was a unbalancing. I mounted the guide scope on the position of finder scope which is very close to edge of the main scope.
So I fixed it (after the night I tried to guide with PHD2) and put it on the bracelet (over and middle of the main tube)
And second thing was that there is a backlash and I tried to fix it too. I opened to gear of dec and adjusted to gear mesh.
Except them the alignment was not so good because location was in the city (bortle scale 9) and I haven't got finder scope as you know. So I am not sure that if the stars (3 star alignment method) are correct because with nacked eye I could't see them. Next time I will do better alignment with finder for sure.
After them I am planing to try next weekend again. But before that I need your advises to eliminate the problems which I couldn't detect or I don't how to fix them.
For example I can not see any pulse for RA on the graph what does it mean and how can I fix it.
And also I am not sure if there is any problem with ascom. There is no option in the drop list for EQM 35 PRO. So I choose ASCOM.SkyWatcher.Telescope and I downloaded/installed ascom driver from webpage of skywatcher.
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
Thanks in advance
By Bob Barker
I've just got a asiair pro and an asi294 mc -the're brilliant - Well worth the 4 month wait
I'm struggling with transfering files from the memory stick to my computer
Through the app on my android everything works fine - but on the computer for every fits file I have an associated jpeg thumbnail file which I have to delete one at a time which is a total pain in the neck
How can I stop it generating the wretched things ?
Also deep sky stacker insists on turning the fits files into gray scale - I've tried every combination of Bayer pattern there is rggb grbg etc - makes no difference
They're definitely colour files when I open them in asicap I can see the colours in the nebula
Hope you can help Bob
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.
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.
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.
Bingo all good, the original SD card supplied by ZWO stored in a safe place and I am now using this copy going forward.