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by donstim
Mon May 20, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari

Hi Robin, The new Celestron PWI (CPWI) telescope control software appears to be the PC-based program that will get this to work, and it can all be done wirelessly. The CPWI program has its own mount driver that appears to talk to the Celestron ASCOM driver (at least, that is how I understand it). An...
by donstim
Mon May 20, 2019 1:15 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari

Please don't distract the discussion from what I am seeking. I am specifically seeking a way to use SharpCap's plate solving without using the handset for alignment. The SkySafari WiFi alignment is quicker, easier, and more accurate. I may switch from SkySafari to Celestron's new CPWI software, but ...
by donstim
Fri May 17, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari

Hi Robin, Yes, that's pretty much the way I understand it. I am using SkySafari via Celestron Wifi to connect to the mount for alignment and gotos. This does not use the ASCOM driver and the alignment information is kept entirely within SkySafari. (I think it computes and stores an offset from the m...
by donstim
Fri May 17, 2019 5:22 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari
Replies: 7
Views: 206

SharpCap Plate Solving/Celestron Evolution and Sky Safari

Hi, I use Sky Safari 6 connected to my Celestron Evolution mount via WiFi for alignment and gotos. This has the unfortunate consequence that the mount does not have the correct position of where it is pointing for any given goto. Since SharpCap Pro uses the mount's position data via a USB cable conn...
by donstim
Wed May 15, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: HOWTO Process a Lunar Video
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: HOWTO Process a Lunar Video

Nice job! Thanks!
by donstim
Thu May 02, 2019 3:33 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: unguided galaxies
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: unguided galaxies

Is there something that can be done to remove the artifact at the bottom of the photo other than clipping the black level? That's a tough trade to have to make, and I can see why you did what you did in the first photo. By the way, I believe that outer space is indeed black. It is not gray. It is on...
by donstim
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Live Stacks January 5 and 6 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Live Stacks January 5 and 6 2019

Thanks Wikkett. I may have to juggle some things, but I will try to tune in. Good luck with the weather forecast!

Don
by donstim
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Live Stacks January 5 and 6 2019
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Live Stacks January 5 and 6 2019

Fantastic images! I hope you don't mind answering some very basic questions about the Live Stacking technique you used. 1. Are you making any changes to the histogram settings (black, mid, and white levels) while the stack is building? 2. If so, when do you stop making such changes? 3. How do you de...
by donstim
Sun Jan 06, 2019 12:56 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M42 chronicles
Replies: 21
Views: 1872

Re: M42 chronicles

Thanks Rob. I'm not looking for a camera, but maybe this will help others. The "camera" (Revolution Imager 2) I have is not billed as an astrocamera. It is an imager primarily meant for beginning EAA that came bundled with my telescope purchase (i.e., it was essentially free). It meets and exceeds i...
by donstim
Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:12 am
Forum: Gallery
Topic: M42 chronicles
Replies: 21
Views: 1872

Re: M42 chronicles

This thread is more about the journey and to try to get over to beginners that my improvement is about mount alignment, polar alignment, focusing, checking the histogram of a single frame in FITs Liberator rather than equipment. But Dave, at the risk of coming off argumentative, which I am really n...