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by PDB
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Solar FLAT for FULL Disc only - cannot seem to be able to use it
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: Solar FLAT for FULL Disc only - cannot seem to be able to use it

Hi Mauro, can you explain how you make flats for the full disc? (Maybe post a picture of the flat) If you do by "unfocuse" on the disc that will probably not work. - You will have to bring it very far out focus to cover the sensor - There will be gradients not caused by the cam (which you would neut...
by PDB
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:04 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: March 19 - AR2735
Replies: 5
Views: 69

Re: March 19 - AR2735

Hi Alexandra, yes you may ask. Quark started to show some hazy fields, like some deposit which I tried to clean, but there was nothing on the outside of the filter, so that did not help. Looked like some "dirt" or deterioration somewhere in between layers. (and when not in use, Quark is alwast store...
by PDB
Tue Mar 19, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: March 19 - AR2735
Replies: 5
Views: 69

March 19 - AR2735

Hi, this cycle 24 spot popped up yesterday. Luckely there was plenty of sunshine this morning, but by the time gear was setup, clouds started to roll in. So I had to wait for some non-cloudy periods. (And there were a few :) ) Used the Skywatcher 120 wit Astrosolar 3.8. (with the Quark ready for the...
by PDB
Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes
Replies: 33
Views: 456

Re: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes

Mark, yes both programs are in the 'Programs folder'. Unless it is different for a Flir camera, it does not really matter where the FireCapture software is placed. With the newer versions you just unzip the FireCapture folder somewhere on your computer, and then you can have and run different versi...
by PDB
Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes
Replies: 33
Views: 456

Re: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes

Well guess what. Plugged in my ZWO cam in the front USB-3 of my desktop and got "this device can run faster if you plug it in an USB3 port" After rebooting the computer, it worked again until the PC got to sleep mode and woke up. Then same problem, cam at USB2 7 fps speed. I know that USB port is no...
by PDB
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes
Replies: 33
Views: 456

Re: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes

Lost all my settings by doing that
Bart,

to avoid that I always save a copy of firecapture.ini

After re-install copy the saved one in the new installation (make a copy of the new ini file first to be on the safe side)
That should give you back all your settings ...

Paul
by PDB
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes
Replies: 33
Views: 456

Re: Grasshopper 3 / Flycapture / Firecapture woes

Hi Alexandra, complicated and probably more than one thing causing this. Agree with Mark & Bart about the mix of FC and FlyCapture that causes FC not to start. A DLL is just a function library, in this case containing the code to talk to the hardware of the cam. They come in 32bit & 64bit versions. ...
by PDB
Sat Mar 09, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sun 2019-03-07 Full Disk
Replies: 8
Views: 122

Re: Sun 2019-03-07 Full Disk

Hi Rainer, Yes this one is by far the best of your series. To get rid of the last uneven bands have you tried with pseudo flats? (the way Marty does) That might still give a more "even" look. Sorry to hear about that Quantum. One should expect that from a Quark, but not from a $$$$$ PE model. Where ...
by PDB
Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Citizen Science Update
Replies: 22
Views: 575

Re: Citizen Science Update

Not pessimistic Laura, just realistic.
Clear defined targets would be preferable.

Paul
by PDB
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Fire capture woes
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Why reboot? no need for that. If you have dowloaded you should have a file FireCapture_v2.6_x64.zip Alternative to the right click method for installing double click on the FireCapture_v2.6_x64.zip (watch out: .zip may not be shown if you hide known file extensions in your PC, which is Microsofts de...
by PDB
Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Fire capture woes
Replies: 10
Views: 259

Re: Fire capture woes

Have you uncompressed the firecapture software?
That's my first thought too.

FC has java it's own Java version embedded, so you don't need anything special installed except camera drivers. Please describe more in detail exactly the steps you are taking to get/install FC.

Paul
by PDB
Tue Feb 26, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Sun 26-02
Replies: 11
Views: 184

Re: Sun 26-02

That's a good capture and processing Maurits. Agree with that B&W images can't be beaten by the colored ones. (It's always pseudo color anyway) Even like non-inverted images more, but that is a matter of taste. (Sometimes inverted ones seem to show slighly more detail) I was also trying (maybe aroun...
by PDB
Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: February 23 - 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 125

Re: February 23 - 2019

Thanks for the comments. I think the filament lifted off over nigh Yes, by the time I had time to get equipment out, it was gone ... (need to check equipment anyway, there is some serious tilt somewhere in the image train) Well can't complain, we have sunshine, only seeing could be better. Regards, ...
by PDB
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: February 23 - 2019
Replies: 4
Views: 125

February 23 - 2019

Filament is moving towards the edge now. Seeing is getting better, but still not really transparant skies. (Moisture) Shot today before noon. 2019-02-23-1056_0-Ha-Sun.jpg Smaller part from the same shot (brightnes / contrast could be handled better on this cut-out) 2019-02-23-1056_0-Ha-Sun-Small.jpg...
by PDB
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: February 19 - Filament
Replies: 8
Views: 182

Re: February 19 - Filament

Thanks Eric

It's su dull always doing the same ...

P
by PDB
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: February 19 - Filament
Replies: 8
Views: 182

February 19 - Filament

Through passing clouds. So waiting for good moments. Some experiments with different placing of the focal reducer. Without tilt corrector and placed after the the tilt corrector. The first still gave some NT's but software helped to get rid. With tilt corrector there was heavy vignetting in one corn...
by PDB
Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What's wrong???
Replies: 36
Views: 546

Re: What's wrong???

Hello Maurits, going through my older notes, realized I never got it working with the reducer in front of the NR eliminator. (Luckaly if I put the reducer in front of the ASI178 there are no NR's) But got some inspiration from this post to try a few other combinations. (But busy with other things li...
by PDB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What's wrong???
Replies: 36
Views: 546

Re: What's wrong???

Will make some pictures tomorrow. (Camera in use at the moment ...)

P.
by PDB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:08 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What's wrong???
Replies: 36
Views: 546

Re: What's wrong???

Maurits, doesn't the 2" nosepiece you are using (left) no internal thread on the scope side? If yes I would try to place the reducer there and see. That is the only combination I can make it work (with adapters I have) with a 1.25" GSO Camera - Nosepiece - Reducer ---> eyerpiece adapter of the Quark...
by PDB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Feb-15
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Re: Feb-15

Thanks for the comments.
Very good action, that prominence was clearly very active

Unfortunately seeing was very active as well ...

Paul
by PDB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Feb 16 - The Dinosaur has moved
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Re: Feb 16 - The Dinosaur has moved

Thanks everyone.
by PDB
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: CaK, 16022019. SolarMonitor plus experiments
Replies: 17
Views: 353

Re: CaK, 16022019. SolarMonitor plus experiments

Hi Bart, very good testing you did. Great images. Autoguiding in Firecapture. Have to try it again. I could control the mount from within Firecapture, but could not autoguide. Have similar problems with my Skywatcher mount, sometimes it works, sometimes not. (And the Sun starts to move fast in the v...
by PDB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:26 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Feb 16 - The Dinosaur has moved
Replies: 8
Views: 178

Feb 16 - The Dinosaur has moved

Still not very good seeing and some hazy clouds.

Still looks like a long-necked diplodocus coming out of the surface :cool:
2019-02-16-1108.jpg
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Regards,

Paul
by PDB
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: What's wrong???
Replies: 36
Views: 546

Re: What's wrong???

Maurits, have you measured the distance from reducer to focal plane of the camera. Most of these reducers are built for a 5 or 5.5 cm distance from reducer to focal plane. The ASI174 has only 6.5mm distance from chip to camera front. So you might be to close Personally I would suggest moving over to...
by PDB
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Feb-15
Replies: 5
Views: 117

Feb-15

Lovely weather and sunshine, but lousy seeing and a so and so Quark ...
But some activity on the limb. Not good enough for a animation, but a few shots, shows some rapid changing (a few differences probably seeing related, but clearly fairly active)
Proto.jpg
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Regards,

Paul