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by _Zakalwe
Thu Aug 06, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Photoshop and layers
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Photoshop and layers

Layer Masking is simple and prevents destructive editing. It's one of the most powerful tools in PS and well worth the time invested in learning it.
by _Zakalwe
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: Solar Software
Topic: Photoshop and layers
Replies: 6
Views: 160

Re: Photoshop and layers

Switch all the layers on again and move to the top layer. With the eraser tool set the tool to a reasonable size and choose maybe 50% or 60% opacity. Gently brush over the spot area to reveal the brighter layer underneath. Keep brushing in a sensitive way. You can always go backwards and try again ...
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: ASI 174MM and Firecapture - endless issues - looking for alternatives!
Replies: 26
Views: 4842

Re: ASI 174MM and Firecapture - endless issues - looking for alternatives!

Hi, I connected my zwo cameras through usb2 port and the PG through a usb3. Not checked the display frame rate but will do That next. I get a message that there are a few drivers out of date, the machine, Laptop Dell 15 5000, is about 1 year old if that. if I click to update the drivers will it cos...
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Solar Scope Modifications
Topic: Lunt 80mm + Refractor 150. Need Help guys.
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Lunt 80mm + Refractor 150. Need Help guys.

Are you trying to replace the objective on an existing Lunt solarscope or trying to mount a Lunt 80mm external etalon to a refractor? You could use a smaller ERF mounted inside the OTA. As long as the light cone is contained within the diameter of the ERF then that could suffice. How to find the cor...
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jul 12, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Lunt 60MM full discs
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Re: Lunt 60MM full discs

rsfoto wrote:
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:01 pm
Well done but I guess your orientation is upside down :?:
There's no upside or downside in space.... :cool: :lol:
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Lunt 60MM full discs
Replies: 8
Views: 173

Lunt 60MM full discs

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50104875683_1b6bfed1a3_h.jpg L12_07_20 Lunt DS Full Disc Normal Proms Inverted Disc Mono by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50105685477_2c7751639d_h.jpg 12_07_20 Lunt DS Full Disc Inverted Proms Normal Disc Pseudo Colour by Stephe...
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar prom animation, 06-27-20
Replies: 13
Views: 241

Re: Solar prom animation, 06-27-20

That's one of the best that I've seen. Stunning spicule action!
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: Solar prom animation, 06-27-20
Replies: 14
Views: 203

Re: Solar prom animation, 06-27-20

That's one of the best that I've seen. Stunning spicule action!
by _Zakalwe
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Full discs and nice prom 25-06-20
Replies: 10
Views: 199

Full discs and nice prom 25-06-20

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50044298761_089b7b75c8_b.jpg 25_6_20- Full Disc Pseudo Colour by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50043737003_b11b4f7258_b.jpg 25_6_20- Full Disc Pseudo Mono by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50043...
by _Zakalwe
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Unpowered Quark
Replies: 25
Views: 774

Re: Unpowered Quark

It's junk, send it back :( You would hope that Daystar would have gotten a grip on their QC by now. They clearly must do the minimum of quality testing on these devices before they ship them. Bandwidth variance I understand at this price point, but having half of the FoV not working is ridiculous.
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:15 am
Forum: Commercial Solar Filters/Cameras/Hardware
Topic: Unpowered Quark
Replies: 25
Views: 774

Re: Unpowered Quark

It is disappointing. I went out this morning to repeat the testing and the result was the same. Changing the dial on the Quark just seems to move the good area from right to left. I can either have it in the middle (-5), which makes most sense as it covers more of the FOV, or to the left (around 0)...
by _Zakalwe
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: 3D made in Switzerland
Replies: 14
Views: 357

Re: 3D made in Switzerland

I love the solar one...the 3D effect is rally noticeable! I find that the best way to see these is to click on the image, then right-click and select "view image". Hit F11 to make the browser full screen. The cross your eyes and allow your eyes to de-focus. Consciously keep your eyes de-focused and ...
by _Zakalwe
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar animation - 2020-06-20
Replies: 8
Views: 181

Re: Solar animation - 2020-06-20

Beautiful job!
by _Zakalwe
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Full Disc 20-6-20
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Full Disc 20-6-20

A nice palindromic date! Caught this before the clouds inevitably rolled in this morning. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50025417441_e39309a179_h.jpg 20_6_20 Full Disc Inverted Pseudo Colour by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50025675642_f0cffcd6ba_h.jpg 20_6_20...
by _Zakalwe
Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

Denanaby: let us not forget Astra Image. It is an absolutely great program that I use all the time and it is moderately priced. I recommend it. Franco I used to use Astra Image...very powerful albeit slow. I haven't touched it since ImPPG came along. The Lucy Richardson deconvolution routines in Im...
by _Zakalwe
Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

denababy wrote:
Wed Jun 17, 2020 6:22 pm
Thank you Zakalwe, I have put them both on my desktop and will try them tomorrow ( Thursday) thanks again. :D
No worries. Shout out if you need some help.
by _Zakalwe
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

Hello everyone, I have taken your advice and have downloaded two programs, Autostakkert 3 and Reigstax 6 but cannot manage FireCapture or ImPPG, does not matter what I do they will not download, I have tried different servers Google chrome and Explorer, I have also turned off my Mcafee fire wall. I...
by _Zakalwe
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

There really isn't a one-stop shop for solar, to be honest. There's just too many variables. However, it's very easy to build a workflow and the only difference in doing that is that the various stages are done in separate programs rather than in a single program. The steps would be the same even if...
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: The Sun - 14th June 2020
Replies: 17
Views: 271

Re: The Sun - 14th June 2020

Nice set of images

:hamster:
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: SPoD Archive
Topic: ISS Solar Transit 14th June 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 174

Re: ISS Solar Transit 14th June 2020

Superb set of images Stu!!!
I wish that I had known about this (Im in Morecambe)...it was sunny here most of the afternoon. :o
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: ISS Solar Transit 14th June 2020
Replies: 22
Views: 407

Re: ISS Solar Transit 14th June 2020

Superb set of images Stu!!!
I wish that I had known about this (Im in Morecambe)...it was sunny here most of the afternoon. :o
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:46 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

Why is there not a software program that does everything necessary for both Solar and nighttime astronomy instead of having various programs? Even if it had a price tag, but let’s face it Photoshop is not cheap, and we use only a very small part of the program. I have watched Marty Wise videos and ...
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Solar software.
Replies: 21
Views: 446

Re: Solar software.

Hi here I am again hoping you can point me in the right direction as to which you consider to be the best stacking and processing software to make my images better. I have Autostakkert 2 and Photoshop cs2 but having read so many write ups I feel confused. There is a software named AVIstack that is ...
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: Full discs, hedge prom and Active Region Saturday 13th June
Replies: 11
Views: 220

Full discs, hedge prom and Active Region Saturday 13th June

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50005599812_5ec7d94d65_b.jpg AR 2765 Mono by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50005341721_c19c62ac6f_b.jpg AR 2765 Pseudo Colour by Stephen Jennette , on Flickr https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50003007497_0ce9011cec_b.jpg 13th ...
by _Zakalwe
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: This is SolarChat !!
Topic: June 7th full discs. Testing new ASI178 camera
Replies: 10
Views: 211

Re: June 7th full discs. Testing new ASI178 camera

How do you do the earth comparison? On full discs I just use the ruler in Photoshop to measure the diameter in pixels. I divide that by 109 to get an equivalent Earth diameter. I then have an Earth image that I scale to get it the correct size. On partial discs I use some simple maths (it has to be...