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max sidorov replied to the topic 'M 62' in the forum. 2 days ago

It's very good for one sub. If you had many more it would be much better.
Do you have a field-flattener?

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max sidorov replied to the topic '1st light: NGC 7000' in the forum. 2 days ago

Well, it's an easy target if one has the right tools.
Looks like the OP has an un-modded DSLR. It's not an easy target for an un-modded DSLR.
Just look at the picture he took - it doesn't show much.
I am actually shooting a mosaic of North America/Pelican right now. With a dual-band L-Enhace filter. With this filter and and ASI294 it's for sure easy.

El Corazon wrote: You may want to focus on The Wall or the Neck of the Pelican with such a long focal length.

I disagree with Max, NGC7000 is actually an easy target, the Trifid is more difficult, if you want to see the reflection nebula, that is.

NGC7000 is very bright, but you may need an Halpha filter to get rid of the light pollution.

This is a stack of 50 x 120s Ha exposures.



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max sidorov replied to the topic '1st light: NGC 7000' in the forum. 5 days ago

Mohamed,
I would strongly suggest to pick some easier target to start. Something smaller (to fit your field of view) and more colorful. Such as Iris or Trifid.
North America is a difficult target.

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'How to frame correctly (with "nothing" in the center)?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Great tips - thank you!

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'How to frame correctly (with "nothing" in the center)?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

No, I was talking about regular acquisitions. Didn't try it in the scheduler.

In fact, I used the scheduler for the first time over the last two nights to build a four-panel mosaic of Veil. That worked beautifully.

Maybe the scheduler is the answer.
I'll try the scheduler with a regular job (not mosaic) to see how it handles the frame repositioning.

Thanks!

Below is what I've got with the Veil. Four pane mosaic. One hour each pane. Bortle 9.


knro wrote: Is this for use for the scheduler? If yes, then you can specifically a FITS image captured at that exact location and select it there.



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max sidorov created a new topic ' How to frame correctly (with "nothing" in the center)?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

Hello,
Have been using KStars/Ekos for two years but don't know how to do this right.
So, I have two objects in FOV and I want the center of the frame to be exactly in between those objects.
Usually there's some object (a large star or some small NGC, say NGC 1234) which is close but not exactly there.
I slew to it, plate-solve to center.
To get the frame center exactly where I want it, I right click where I want (there's "nothing" for KStars there) and select Mount/GoTo - and it goes.
This works well. Unless...
-- there's a meridian flip or
-- I want to continue next night and do "Load & Slew"
The mount goes to NGC 1234, not where the frame was centered. I understand why this is happening but is there a way to do this right?

Thanks!

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max sidorov created a new topic ' Lost the Menu button after update' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hello,
After an update a few weeks ago I lost the Menu button - the one in the top/left corner of the desktop.
It's actually there but it's a thin strip without an icon. Its settings seem to be OK - the path to the icon (/etc/stellarmate/icon.png) is correct and the icon.png opens in an image viewer just fine.
Installed a large update today (including SM 1.5.3) - that didn't fix it.
Any idea on how to fix this (I am not good with Linux)?

Thanks!

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max sidorov created a new topic ' SM 1.5.3 - why its' not discussed?' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Today, I booted my RPI/SM for the first time in 10 days, checked for updates - there was a bunch including SM 1.5.3.
Testing right now (with some clouds). Running OK.
Two things I noticed:
-- Calibration Plot in Guide module and
-- Alt and HA limits in Mount
-- KStars is up to 3.4.3 from 3.4.2

Is there a change log somewhere?

Thanks!

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max sidorov replied to the topic 'issue after update & upgrade.' in the forum. 1 month ago

Yes. I had this twice. KStars and PHD2 disappeared. Had to revert to a backup.

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