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Reading Serial Data from the TriMetric

So I LOVE the Bogart Engineering TriMetric TM-2030 and SC-2030 monitor and charge controller.  A match made in heaven, for sure. Now, according to the TriMetric’s Technical Manual : Serial data output: For extreme techies only: The TM-2030 also has … Continue reading

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Handling SHO Magenta Stars in PixInsight

One of the most common complaints we hear when imaging narrow band targets is “How do I get rid of these bright pink/purple star halos in my SHO/Hubble palette image?” In this video, I cover 3 simple methods to begin … Continue reading

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New PixInsight Tutorial : Creating Mosaics with a simple StarAlignment and GradientMergeMosaic workflow.

I’m generally not known for my image processing prowess. (Quite the opposite in fact…if I’m known at all, it is for my ability to murder perfectly innocent data in the prime of its life.) Every so often, however, I manage … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part V.V – Data Acquisition (Roman Decimal Edition!)

Gonna try this whole YouTube Livestreaming of Data Acquisition thing again.  🙂 Tonight’s goal will be to “finish off” a final 6-8 frames for each filter. Once again, at 2100 CST tonight, 9/27, I’ll stream the beginning steps to get ready … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part V – Data Acquisition

Short post today, as I hope to bring this element of the process to you via Live Streaming on my YouTube channel. Beginning @ 2100 CST tonight, 9/23, I’ll stream the setup, config, and various steps to get ready for, … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part IV – The Problems

Welllllllll….this is a post I was really hoping NOT to write, but I should have known better. 🙂  And, frankly, if this series is to be at all “accurate”, it really ought to include problems…this is AP, there are always … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part III – Selecting a Target

Ok, so we’ve got a rig that can do this, and software that can tell it how…so…what are we gonna shoot??? Target selection is part personal preference (I’m a fan of flowy knotty nebulae myself), part conditions (both physical : … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part II – The Software

So what kind of software ties all the equipment together, and makes it all do its job? The “foundation” of it all is the ASCOM library.  ASCOM (Astronomy Common Object Model) is, essentially, a translater.  It presents a standardized set … Continue reading

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Creating an Astro Image Part I – The Rig

An astrophotography rig is generally comprised of 3 major components : A mount, a telescope, and a camera.  For the most part, everything else “supports” one of those 3 things. The mount is what moves the telescope (we hope) very … Continue reading

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The process of creating an astro image

From time to time I get asked various questions about astrophotography that essentially all boil down to “How do you do that?” So…I’m going to do a series of blog posts (largely for my own amusement, I suspect, but if you … Continue reading

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