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Offline Malcolm L

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Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« on: 09:34:45, 23 April, 2017 »
Am a new member to this site,  I've been into astronomy for some time, the last few years, I've just found out what I like to image which is deep sky
a question  if am going to do 2 or 3 star alignment how far apart should the star be from each other, at the moment all am doing is 1 star alignment, which is best ?   

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #1 on: 16:49:30, 23 April, 2017 »
Hi Malcolm and welcome to UKAI.

3 star alignment will get you more accurate GoTo's as there is more data to interpolate between. Spacing them around the sky helps a little as does having one of the points on the other side of the Meridian.

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #2 on: 16:59:12, 23 April, 2017 »
thanks very much Chris that's a big help

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #3 on: 20:31:42, 23 April, 2017 »
Hi Malcolm....

Welcome along to UKAI from me...

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Offline Malcolm L

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #4 on: 00:03:53, 24 April, 2017 »
thank very much Phil
 I hope to enjoy it talk to you all with help and advice, I may have a problem with my atik 16ic ccd camera
when i take an single image, ( 3min long ) its very bad image its seams to be very grainy,i tried to upload it to show you all,its a tiff file
I don't know how to convert it to another file.
 

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #5 on: 09:44:37, 24 April, 2017 »
Welcome to UKAI Malcolm.

You can convert them in a mage processing package like Photoshop (which costs) or Gimp (which is free but has limitations) or PixInsight (which have an Everest like learning curve)... the other way is to save them out as a .fit and use Fits Liberator [copy and past into google] to convert it.

The most likely problem with the Atik is the power... I have the 16ic and it was generally power related whenever I had grainy subs ! Check cables, connections etc.  Might also be worth trying a different USB cable as that can also cause problems !

S.

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #6 on: 16:47:03, 24 April, 2017 »
Thanks  s  :thumbup: i didn't think about the USB cable or the power, my USB cable is about 5m long , so i can use my laptop in the garage & have the telescope outside
the power am using is AC output 12v 0.75A.
which USB cable would you recommend plus power 

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #7 on: 21:30:57, 24 April, 2017 »
which USB cable would you recommend plus power 

Nothing special to recommend Malcolm... sometimes there's no reason one cable works over another... just try a couple of different ones and see if you find one that solves the issue ?

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #8 on: 22:17:15, 24 April, 2017 »
...and if you have a multimeter, make sure there is a good 12volts at the connector into the cable. A lot of cameras struggle if the voltage drops below 12 volts (and some like it a little hotter still, I run most of mine at 13.5!)

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Offline Malcolm L

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #9 on: 23:20:22, 24 April, 2017 »
Thanks guy's i will try your advice once again big thanks :thumbup:

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #10 on: 23:43:32, 24 April, 2017 »
All part of the service  ;) :thumbup:  Let us know how you get on !!

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Scopes: Astro-Tech AT-111EDT Triplet, TS65ED Quad, Orion ST80, Modded PST-90 Solar Scope, PST Cak (on loan)
Cameras: SXVF H694, Atik 16ic, Canon EOS 600d, DMK41, DMK21, QHY 5L-II (mono & colour)
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Offline Malcolm L

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #11 on: 20:34:58, 25 April, 2017 »
I will let you know how i get on with your advice, it may take some time, its not always clear in Warrington  :thumbup:

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #12 on: 21:23:47, 25 April, 2017 »
lol... same here... we feel your pain  :hurt:

You could still test it by just putting the end cap on the front of the scope and taking a long exposure (3mins plus).... you should get a dark image (with some hot pixels) but you will soon know if it's working.  In effect you're taking a dark-frame  ;) :thumbup:

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Scopes: Astro-Tech AT-111EDT Triplet, TS65ED Quad, Orion ST80, Modded PST-90 Solar Scope, PST Cak (on loan)
Cameras: SXVF H694, Atik 16ic, Canon EOS 600d, DMK41, DMK21, QHY 5L-II (mono & colour)
Accessories: SX USB Filter Wheel, SX OAG, Baader LRGB Ha SI OII Filters, SharpSky Focuser
Mount: EQ6 (EQMOD), SW Star Adventurer, plus a lot (and I mean a lot) of other bits and pieces

Offline Malcolm L

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #13 on: 19:24:57, 26 April, 2017 »
Hi guy's just to let you know, i have found the right main power supply for the atik camera's if any of you are interested  ,
they sell them at www.widescreen-centre.co.uk  go on there web site go to search - power supply.   

Offline Malcolm L

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Re: Hello from Warrington Cheshire
« Reply #14 on: 19:31:27, 26 April, 2017 »
i forgot to say Guy's I've ordered mine this afternoon   

 

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