Trouble finding Stars during Frame Alignment

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Trouble finding Stars during Frame Alignment

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I am new to EAA and live stacking with SharpCap Pro. Last night I went out and was observing M42 the Orion Nebula and did about a 5 minute total exposure and only dropped a few frames. The Logs showed that it found at least three stars for frame alignment

I then decided to observe and stack the bright star Sirius. I was not able to find enough stars to perform a frame alignment so I turned off the alignment frames box to get an image. I could see plenty of other stars around Sirius so why did SharpCap Pro not find at least three stars? It worked fine when I was observing and stacking Orion.

I am sure there is just some kind of setting that I need to change. i played around with a few of the options for star magnitude, sizes etc. but could not get it to work.

Any input would be appreciated for this new user in EAA.
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Hi,

The most important trick here is to check the box that highlights the stars that have been detected – that way you can see exactly what effect your changes are having as each new frame comes in. Sometimes you may need to turn up the exposure or gain if tinkering with the star detection settings fails to help. It's also possible to get the star detection settings in a bit of a mess by random adjustments so it's often a good idea to go back to defaults by pressing the reset button.

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The most important trick here is to check the box that highlights the stars that have been detected – that way you can see exactly what effect your changes are having as each new frame comes in.

I am not sure what you mean check the box that highlights the stars that have been detected?
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Hi

Just underneath the maximum star width control – as can be seen here:https://docs.sharpcap.co.uk/3.2/#Alignment%20Tab

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Thanks Robin I will give it a try.
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By doing what you recommend and lowering the black level threshold, that solved my problem.

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Excellent, glad to hear that it worked.

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