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Offline deepsky

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Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« on: 18:22:31, 20 September, 2007 »
Just wondering whether people on this forum have come across the TiltingSun2 and TiltingSunG freeware programs by Les Cowley ? I happened to stumble on his website after looking at some of his prominence sketches on the Cloudy Nights/Solar forum and he has an excellent freeware programme that does the following....... 
 
"TiltingSun2 is freeware which shows the Sun's orientation, poles, equator, rotation direction, prominence position angles and drift direction for any date, time and location. The view can be customized for any telescope and mounting. The meridian tilt, the solar parameters Bo, P and Lo are also displayed numerically. TiltingSun-G is a special graphics tool to overlay the disk orientation and latitude-longitude grid onto images. You can generate an oriented graphic and transfer it to PhotoShop or other graphics programs. Disk size in pixels can be specified. All colours can be chosen. The grid interval and other parameters can be specified."
 
I have tried it out and it works fine with Windows XP and would probably be extremely useful for other solar imagers/observers. Here is the link to Les's webpage for the software http://www.atoptics.co.uk/tiltsun.htm
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #1 on: 06:25:04, 28 September, 2007 »
Nice link - thanks for that.

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #2 on: 07:47:38, 28 September, 2007 »
Coolness :urock:

I wondered where this lived as I'd seen it in other imagers work before!

Nice one.

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #3 on: 16:45:57, 28 September, 2007 »
Use it...very good software

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #4 on: 15:31:53, 29 September, 2007 »
Another set of solar observing software was created by Peter Meadows and includes Helio v3.2, Helio Viewer and Helio Image Creator. This software is primarily aimed at sunspot recorders rather than imagers, but can be of use to both - link is here http://www.petermeadows.com/html/software.html
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #5 on: 16:10:46, 01 October, 2007 »
Mabey, my selfwritt'n tutorial  SolarImaging on a Budget can be somewhat of a help?

http://astrosurf.com/obsolar/colabora/colaboradores/veldhuis.html

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #6 on: 16:21:51, 01 October, 2007 »
Great Link  :urock:
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #7 on: 20:07:46, 17 February, 2008 »
Hi , new to this forum. This looks an excellent piece of software, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #8 on: 18:00:24, 03 June, 2008 »
Great link..
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #9 on: 08:47:27, 07 March, 2012 »
I contacted Les some time ago, because of the problems running TiltingSun in Windows7, his response was to do an update. Can't get better than that!!
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #10 on: 09:38:16, 07 March, 2012 »
I've tried those last April.
Don't remember if I posted results here:

http://einarin.1g.fi/kuvat/sun/2011/04_16/sunhalfa_2011_04_16_1518.jpg
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #11 on: 17:56:51, 07 March, 2012 »
I use tilting Sun quite a bit and it works well - I use it with Windows 7 and have no problems.  Hesr is an example of a grid overlay onto one of my images:


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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #12 on: 12:13:20, 08 March, 2012 »
Yeap, it works fine for me too on Win7.

Can someone however tell me how to overlay the grid in CS4.  I copy to clipboard and create a new layer but because is copies the white background it never comes out right - I just need the wire frame ?

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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #13 on: 17:50:44, 08 March, 2012 »
Create a new image in PS and paste the whole grid image from tilting Sun into it (use the "copy to clipboard" button in Tilting Sun).  Then crop the image image to leave just the disc with the grid on it (I use the rectangular selection tool for this - you are just chopping out all the peripheral stuff that you don't need).  Use the Magic wand tool to select the WHITE part of the grid image, then go to select>Inverse.  This will swap your magic wand selection of all the white bits to just the grid (black bits) which is what you want! (thats the clever bit!).  Then click copy and you have just the grid on your clipboard.  Paste at will.

The additional trick I use for solar images (it will work for any image) is to first decide how many pixels my solar disc should be - Tilting Sun will create a "copy and pasteable" disc/grid of up to around 600px.  Set it up do do that and collect your 600px disc image onto the clipboard(see above).  Then on your full disc solar image use the ruler tool to measure the diameter of the  solar disc on the image and then calculate the reduction needed to get the image to 600px (as a percentage, its easier).  Then using Image sizing set the size to percent (from the default of pixels) and type in the percentage reduction you want into the size box.  Hit OK and the disc on your image will be 600 px across.  You can then paste your grid over the image and it will appear, at exactly the right size, in a new layer.  Use the move tool for final adjustments.  Flatten and Job Done.  Hope this helps.
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Re: Some useful software for solar imagers/observers
« Reply #14 on: 20:45:16, 08 March, 2012 »
Cracking - that was actually how I was trying to do it apart from the clever bit... job jobbed - cheers !!

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