Identification using plate solving

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Chris A
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Identification using plate solving

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Hi Robin

I know Sharpcap Pro already has a plate solving for mount position, but could you possibly implement a way to identify objects like very faint galaxies on ones live image using some type of plate solving method?

Thank you,

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If you're Live Stacking just save as seen and upload here http://nova.astrometry.net/upload The site will blind solve your image and annotate. If not live stacking upload a single frame works just as well.
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You know that I know this Chris, but I want to do the actual solving of galaxies on the live stacking image. I was watching Jim in IA last night doing this in real-time with some other program and it was so cool!

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Didn't even see who posted this and just gave the option of astrometry.net I think what your asking is a way to show astrometry.net annotations on on the SharpCap display. That would definitely be an awesome feature.
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Yes, I agree with Chris that it would be a fantastic feature to show live to our NSN viewers.

Cheers!

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Nice idea,

Another interesting twist would be to automatically name images based on the most prominent feature found in the (M 31, NGC 1024, etc. Etc.)

Cheers, Robin
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That also sounds great Robin and I hope that this can be all implemented in the very near future in Sharpcap Pro.

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I just want to add a vote for this feature. I will note that ASTAP can do this identificaiton already. As the simplest possible implementation, one could just CALL ASTAP automatically with command line options (as with plate solving) and have it open in an new window. A "cleaner" implementation would extract the data the ASTAP and then annotate the live stack itself.
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Hi,

I think I'm definitely moving in this direction – if you check the latest SharpCap 3.3 beta then the 'Sequence Planner' tool has the option to choose one of the Messier objects from a drop-down to go to that target before imaging. I intend to add other catalogues to the list of objects available including the NGC catalogue and the Caldwell catalogue - this means that SharpCap has data on the positions of various deep sky objects and could potentially work out the names/identifiers of objects that are within the field-of-view after a plate solving operation has been completed. Another thing I have in mind is to sort all filter the list of objects based upon their current altitude above the horizon – so many things to do :-)

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ASTAP: can already do this: Tools > Deepsky (HyperLeda) annotation
Does a very excellent job:
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