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by PDB
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:33 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Computer help required Please-SOLVED...Phew
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: Computer help required Please

Stu, probably you tried, but another possible cause can be found this way: open explorer right click on 'this Computer" properties advanced system settings visual effects check if Microsoft has decided that your computer can handle "show thumbnails instead of icons" P. If this does not help, don't k...
by PDB
Tue Mar 02, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Computer help required Please-SOLVED...Phew
Replies: 11
Views: 155

Re: Computer help required Please

Stu,

have you checked via File Explorer -> Options-> Change Folder and Search Options -> View

Always show icons, never thumbnails should be unticked
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Paul
by PDB
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Siril
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Siril

James, My main desktop machine is a Linux Ubuntu 20.01 (with Mate Deskop). It used to run W10, but I moved that to a VM on the Linux machine. (Since I paid for a license, I still use it sometimes, mostly for testing software that needs to be platform independen. For Solar Work I still have a separat...
by PDB
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:07 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Looking for a new imx 174 Camera
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Looking for a new imx 174 Camera

For Solar I always(with some exceptions) use my ASI178 in 16bit mode and 14bit ADC. On that camera (if your USB is good) there is no speed difference between 16 and 8 bit. (There is if you change to high-speed with 10bit ADC, but you loose dynamic range)

Paul
by PDB
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Siril
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: Siril

Siril is mainly for deep-sky stacking and processing and does a very good job for that. (Much better than DeepSkyStacker) The interface not always very intiutive, but the result are very good. The version on Ubuntu repos is "old". For the latest and much better one could add this ppa: https://launch...
by PDB
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Looking for a new imx 174 Camera
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Looking for a new imx 174 Camera

According to ZWO, the 12bit full frame rate is 128fps and 164 in 10bit. In Firecapture, I only have a checkbox for 16bit on/off To get the highest speed and use the 10bit ADC you have to set the tick mark in 'High-Speed'. Without the tickmark, the ZWO cams operate in the highest bit-depth of the AD...
by PDB
Mon Feb 01, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Gamma not working on camera
Replies: 11
Views: 292

Re: Gamma not working on camera

Firecapture needs to be 'opened as administrator' then any settings you change in FC will be saved for the next time you open it. Do you have a little button to click next to the gamma setting? Alexandra Alexancra, that only happens because you have installed FireCapture in the Programs (Programs X...
by PDB
Tue Dec 08, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New flats from DayStar Filters!
Replies: 22
Views: 715

Re: New flats from DayStar Filters!

and Genika has autofocus (works very well)
Attacheh a file on how to focus using the histogram (would quote the author, but no way I can find it back)

Paul
by PDB
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: New flats from DayStar Filters!
Replies: 22
Views: 715

Re: New flats from DayStar Filters!

Looked at the video on their page on how to use it. Particulary enjoyed the part where the guy is saying to "trash this Quark, our customers will never get such a bad one" . Maybe he should come and look at mine, which now serves as excellent paper weight.

Paul
by PDB
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: November 28
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: November 28

Thanks Mark & Eric.

P.
by PDB
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: November 28
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: November 28

Thanks everyone for the comments and the SPOD.
Oh Paul! always do a systems check like an aircraft before proceeding
Alexandra: if you look at "Aircrash Investigation" you see pilots, from time to time, seem to forget or don't follow these either. ;)

Paul
by PDB
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: November 28
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: October 28

Very good but just wanted to let you know we are in the month of November

yeah, little confused lately, too much going on.
Even almost fried the camera this morning, forgot to put on the AstroSolar. Luckally the Sun was still hiding behind a building. That's why I never do visual.

Paul
by PDB
Sat Nov 28, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: November 28
Replies: 9
Views: 156

Re: October 28

Very good but just wanted to let you know we are in the month of November

yeah, little confused lately, too much going on.
Even almost fried the camera this morning, forgot to put on the AstroSolar. Luckally the Sun was still hiding behind a building. That's why I never do visual.

Paul
by PDB
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: November 28
Replies: 14
Views: 285

November 28

Too much work testing all kind of things but once in a while some solar imaging. Low Sun, buildings and trees so very small capture window. Full disk with the 80 mm f/6, (view image to see full resolution) 2020-11-28-0955.jpg detail with the 120 mm f/8.3 (view image to see full resolution) 2020-11-2...
by PDB
Sat Nov 28, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: November 28
Replies: 9
Views: 156

November 28

Too much work testing all kind of things but once in a while some solar imaging. Low Sun, buildings and trees so very small capture window. Full disk with the 80 mm f/6, (view image to see full resolution) 2020-11-28-0955.jpg detail with the 120 mm f/8.3 (view image to see full resolution) 2020-11-2...
by PDB
Fri Nov 20, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Deciding which capture frames to keep
Replies: 5
Views: 899

Re: Deciding which capture frames to keep

Hello David, Maybe you could try to match the SSM log file (either from Airylab or my software) to the frames from FireCapture. Best would be in that case to capture in SER format, where every frame will have a good timestamp. Difficulty will be to match it with the "sorted" frames in AS!3. Probably...
by PDB
Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: Forum Support Issues
Topic: SPOD and sponsor images
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: SPOD and sponsor images

Hi,

looks like these come from www.solarastronomy.org

Rgrds,

Paul
by PDB
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Forum Support Issues
Topic: SPOD and sponsor images
Replies: 10
Views: 514

Re: SPOD and sponsor images

Alexandra, what I understand from this: images which are on a "non-secure" website (http) wil not be shown when linked in a page. The website containing the image must be https (an therefore have a certificate to prove it is the correct one) Maybe a bit exagerated in this case, but I can see the nee...
by PDB
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: I think I caught the ISS (or a flea on my objective)
Replies: 12
Views: 402

Re: I think I caught the ISS (or a flea on my objective)

According to the info from Calsky in your previous post, the ISS is 30" in diameter. (size can vary a lot, but 30" is not that small)

Did the calculation right for an ASI174 but my figures seemed to large ....

Anyway 30" is in between the size of Mars and Jupiter, so should be clearly visible.

Paul
by PDB
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Ser files review
Replies: 2
Views: 443

Re: Ser files review

Hello Franco,

I use SER player: https://sites.google.com/site/astropipp/ser-player

Works very well, and allows to extracr individual images and other processing.

You can use also PIPP to do some extractions, qualiity sort and lots more.

Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Fri Aug 21, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 745

Re: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020

Have you tried Genika? You can try without the camera registered in the licence file, it will work but you won't be able to use the record function. If that shows the same problems, then there is something wrong with the ASI Camera driver. (That should install by itseld in latest W10, but you can al...
by PDB
Fri Aug 21, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 745

Re: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020

Hi, well the speeds have nothing to do with AVI orr SER. The camera just deliver a "raw" image to the sofware, and the software decides how to convert it/write to file ... Usually the speeds drops to half the speed when you change to 16 bit (and AVI can't do 16bit, SER can) Theoretical speed for the...
by PDB
Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 745

Re: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020

Alexandra,

if you recorded in SER format, the player will report the framerate the file was recorded.
If I look at the size & speed (in '/min) for that transit, I would say everything above 40fps the ISS image will be overlapping from one frame to the next. (80fps probably half the ISS size)

Paul
by PDB
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020
Replies: 24
Views: 745

Re: I saw the ISS today 20-08-2020

That's a good one Alexandra.
Luck is usually the major factor for these events. (Needs to be one, low passagge, weather needs to be good ...)
Do yo have some info on the shutter speed you used. Since it is CAK probably you couldn't use the shortest exposure, but still remarkable sharp.

Rgrds,

Paul
by PDB
Sun Aug 09, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ISS Transit 2020-08-08
Replies: 13
Views: 424

Re: ISS Transit 2020-08-08

wow nice what camera did you use

I use the ASI178MM. The small pixels are a good match with the f8.3 scope.

Paul