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  3. Graham

    Startools Tutorials

    Thanks Rob. I already have pixinsight but I rarely have the time needed to use it.
  4. Graham

    Startools Tutorials

    Thanks. Will have a look at it once I get home from work
  5. Nightspore

    NEO Asteroid close pass this Saturday.

    I think it will be low though.
  6. Bottletopburly

    Startools Tutorials

    @Graham here is a page on startools with a list of PI commands and what the startools equivalents are http://forum.startools.org/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=447
  7. red dwalf

    Startools Tutorials

    pixinsight Graham is a lot more involved and expensive than Startools, but can get great results, costs around £200, Startools in my opinion is straight forward, i follow a work though sent to me by Steve with tweaks here and there i do now i`m a little familiar with it and i`m very happy with the results, it`s very general first time user work through to get you started, can supply it if needed, it`s much better than using Photoshop on it`s own and does a great job at noise reduction and as Startools is around £40 it`s a very worth while option, if you think gradient x terminator is £40 on it`s own then Startools looks a bargain, i usually get a few elliptical stars and it can round those off too, something i`ve picked up recently. very worth while consideration i think.
  8. Graham

    Startools Tutorials

    Now that is what I was after. A report from someone who actually uses the software. Worth a look then Rob compared to pixinsight???
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  10. Graham

    NEO Asteroid close pass this Saturday.

    We might get a glimpse of it on the 27th or 28th
  11. red dwalf

    Startools Tutorials

    i use startools and like many software applications it can be involving, although i follow a set routine with tweaks here and there and one thing startools is great for is noise reduction and control, for the money and simplicity you can`t go wrong in my humble opinion. i do sometimes tweak results in photoshop CS3 too.
  12. Interesting read here below. Its a pity is not visible for us Northern Hemisphere folk, and i believe its a faint Magnitude 12. https://earthsky.org/space/double-asteroid-1999-kw4-closest-may-25-2019
  13. Nightspore

    Inexpensive But Decent EP's?

    http://www.talteleoptics.com/eyepieces.html I've always wanted to try one of these.
  14. Nightspore

    Inexpensive But Decent EP's?

    The Moonfish look familiar to me. I've never owned one, they might be GSO, although they are reminiscent of some of the old Barsta wide angle EP's that University Optics used to sell. http://www.moonfishgroup.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=87 I think the 'mock-Pentax' Sky-Watcher 2" EP's are actually made by Synta. http://skywatcher.com/product/let-2-28mm/ I've only really seen the 28mm's on sale. Retailers tend to claim that they have been separated from an Evostar package. I have a pair of them; I bought one a couple of years ago and one was included with my ED80. Oddly, I was looking at Cassiopeia last night with it in my ED80. They're pretty good for the money and look fairly indestructible.
  15. Nightspore

    Death Star Moon

    Tuesday night I used my 90mm Mak to have a quick butcher's at the Moon between the clouds. I thought I may get lucky and catch the rille of Petavius near the terminator. It was too far away though. However the terminator had caught the Humboldt crater very dramatically making the Moon slightly resemble the Death Star from Star Wars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_(crater) Humboldt at about 00:30 British Summer Time 20/5/2019 These Moon Atlas images don't really do it justice. The terminator had basically bisected the crater. I believe the Moon has a 178 year nutation and libration cycle. So it's impossible to see it exactly the same twice.
  16. Doc

    Inexpensive But Decent EP's?

    The original 25mm TAL eyepiece with the purple glass was very good and a few years back still reasonable in price.
  17. Ron Clarke

    Messier list 2019

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  19. Ron Clarke

    Can someone identify this Camera.

    Mines black and it's broken!!
  20. Sunny Phil

    Inexpensive But Decent EP's?

    I don't use eyepieces much these days. It sounds like these Skywatchers sound good but they weren't around a few years ago. I also like the Moonfish Group (GSO??) eyepieces.
  21. Graham

    Can someone identify this Camera.

    Thanks Phil. Been confirmed from ABS.
  22. philjay

    Can someone identify this Camera.

    Certainly looks like one, mines black tho
  23. Graham

    Can someone identify this Camera.

    Might have solved this mystery. Any agreement with it being a QHY 5 T
  24. Had this camera kicking about this place for ages. I don't have a clue what it is but I would like to know so I can download a driver for it and see if it works. Thanks
  25. Sunny Phil

    White Light

    I'm still struggling with hydrogen alpha at the moment. It doesn't help that my webcam crashes Windows quite regularly. On the other hand, I have been having some results with white light, with some images of the recent sunspot with my DSLR and filters. This photo shows it most clearly out of the ones I have taken recently.
  26. Sunny Phil

    AWOL

    I didn't "Like" your original message. However, I would like to give you some further encouragement. Just drop in from time to time to let us know how you are getting on.
  27. Stephen

    Hello fellow clouds spotters....I'm in East Markam

    Hi welcome to the EMS
  28. Bottletopburly

    Startools Tutorials

    The video is just to give you an idea of roughly how it works for someone using it for the first time graham , like any software it takes time and years to master, for me I can get something I’m happy with at the end fairly quickly , photoshop for me was way over my head and too time consuming and costly , but it’s just finding something that works for you and your needs . There’s another video ivo did a few years ago with data supplied by josh lake m42 on hydrogen Alpha I thought with my untrained eye was quite good
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