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Offline chris.bailey

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FireCapture 2.5beta Surface Guiding
« on: 14:07:14, 12 May, 2016 »
For anyone who has not noticed it in Rofus's Transit thread, Firecapture 2.5beta now supports surface guiding. I have tried it on close ups with a Quark Chromo and wide field with a Lunt 60 and it works pretty well using it with EQMOD pulse guiding. You do need to reverse Ra guide settings in FC after flipping but other than that, default settings work pretty well. It works best when there is a well defined sunspot in the frame but once locked and guiding, it will keep that spot in the same place for a hour or more.

Its a great feature if your mount is not that well aligned and for sequence imaging.

It is a beta and I cant always get it to lock onto a surface detail but 9 times out of 10 is not bad and I am sure it will develop further.
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Re: FireCapture 2.5beta Surface Guiding
« Reply #1 on: 16:00:53, 12 May, 2016 »
Hi Chris,
That's good news. I downloaded the 2.5 beta but could not get it to install. Could you please clarify where you said "You do need to reverse Ra guide settings in FC after flipping"
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Re: FireCapture 2.5beta Surface Guiding
« Reply #2 on: 17:41:33, 12 May, 2016 »
Hi Chris,
That's good news. I downloaded the 2.5 beta but could not get it to install. Could you please clarify where you said "You do need to reverse Ra guide settings in FC after flipping"

Ian

Firecapture does not install per se. You just unzip and copy the folder to wherever you want and run the executable by double clicking it. Very old school. It does mean, however, you can have multiple versions installed at the same time.

Most guiding programmes reverse RA when you do a flip. In Firecapture you have to do it manually by clicking a box under options. Other than that I ran it with default settings and my normal EQMOD guide settings. When it works it works very well but it is a bit finicky about what it will lock on.

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Re: FireCapture 2.5beta Surface Guiding
« Reply #3 on: 20:05:45, 12 May, 2016 »
Very old school.
You say old school, I say "portable app" :)

Personally (and I have a background in this tech) I prefer apps that don't tie themselves into the registry etc !  Makes updating things much easier if you're not restricted :)
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Re: FireCapture 2.5beta Surface Guiding
« Reply #4 on: 22:04:33, 12 May, 2016 »
Thank you very much Chris, for the clarification.

Ian


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