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  2. Planetary Debacles

    lol, Probably not the only one. Tim I was using IC Capture. My monochrome camera would freeze after 30 or 40 frames. I tried using firecapture to no avail. I've reinstalled the camera and IC Capture but same problem. I've updated my PC a few months back to Windows 10 on a quad core PC. It is lightning fast, but I have a feeling the camera (which is about 10 years old) is at fault. It is the first time I've tried planetary with this new PC and I really need to update the camera to do the faster PC justice. My 7 position filter wheel which is a nautilus is also rendered useless with Windows 10. Great filter wheel but no drivers seem to work on Windows 10. Interestingly for lurkers that visit here (about 500 per month), I did the get nautilus filter wheel working in The SkyX for about 30 minutes until it crashed TSX and wouldn't go back to a functional state. I still had a good time under the stars. Welcome to AP. Ray
  3. Planetary Debacles

    What program/programs are you using for processing? Seems like I remember hearing about this conundrum before. Tim
  4. Planetary Debacles

    Yep - I thought a monitor had suddenly died - it was actually the VGA splitter cable that fed the monitor, the monitor was fine. I now have a spare monitor on the way - and to top it all off - I didn't actually need the splitter cable. Think senility is setting in. Greg
  5. Mars, not wasted time...

    Lovely result mate. Quite jealous. Ray
  6. Planetary Debacles

    Did anyone purchase anything new recently? I imagine that is probably the cause. Ray
  7. Mars, not wasted time...

    Nice work mate, bigger is always better or so they say lol. Shane
  8. Planetary Debacles

    Hate it when problems arise. It appears you're not on your own mate, Greg was having issues as well. Shane
  9. Not too bad of a night last night. I thinks it's time to search for a bigger OTA though...16"or maybe 20". Yeah right!
  10. Had everything setup tonight to finally shoot some Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Once I started my first sequence on Jupiter, the frame capture would freeze. After wrangling for half an hour (uninstalling, reinstalling capture programs and drivers, I decided to use my OSC camera instead of the mono and filter wheel, but even that had major issues. I couldn't seem to get colour from this camera either. I won't bore you with the other problems that hit me, but here is my effort from equipment that obviously doesn't like me. Mars0002.tif Saturn0001.tif Jupiter0001.tif
  11. Over population means more land clearing for housing and crops. If you look at maps of England, most of it used to be forest, now its pretty much farmland. At what point do governments cap the population / human breeding? Can they? Should they? How would you police those that keep breeding? What size population can the planet safely handle? Ray
  12. The positive feedback is way worse than that. The more forests that are cleared the greater the CO2 and the global warming. This then leads to all the bushfires you have seen and the forest fires seen in America and Russia which further reduces the trees and further increases the CO2. We are on an exponential rise to extinction and Gaia is fighting back in the only way she knows. She's probably done this a few times before as well, so she knows what she's doing
  13. I hope you can eat those mushrooms mate. And the moon looks really cool. There are a few streets here in Perth which put a huge effort into Halloween. My kids love it. Hope you had a few decent trick of treaters. Ray
  14. Just a few quick assorted pics. A little crappy on this composite, but it's supposed to be a Hallowmoon. Anyhoo...
  15. Wasted time.

    I am using ToupSky software. The software recognizes the camera is plugged in, but I cannot get a live view somehow. Windows devices also see the camera. I'll try and use another program and see what happens. Ray
  16. Wasted time.

    Tim that looks bloody awful, might be time to move.... just make sure to leave the jetstream where it is beforehand. lol Thats a bit strange Ray, my prostar colour cam works fine on win10. Although I do want to replace it for mono as its my guide cam. Shane
  17. Wasted time.

    Yikes! I had a crystal clear night on Sunday. However my Nautilus filter wheel won't work with Win10 and my ProStar colour camera won't work either. Couldn't do planetary in colour or mono! Not happy. Going to fiddle with drivers again today. Ray
  18. Obs refurbish/repair

    Welcome to the club guru. Ray
  19. SW Black Diamond 120mmx1000mm Refractor

    Before putting Trius M26C OSC CCDs on the back of the Canon 200mm prime lenses, I tried the lens out (for astrophotography) with a Canon 5D MkII DSLR. The results were absolutely superb, and as the 5D MkII is now an "old" model you can pick them up cheap. Greg
  20. Wasted time.

    So. It's clear, it's fairly cold, I'm sitting here watching some planet jump all over my screen, scratching my head, I'm going, wtf? Thinking back, (something I always used to check,) I forgot about checking the jet stream, AAAAARGH!
  21. Obs refurbish/repair

    it appears I’m going to have to rethink the roof and replace it. After several hours of light to mild rain overnight I still have a leak. I really thought I had it covered with the amount of silastic I used. Shane
  22. NGC7331 massive crop

    Awesome galaxy cluster there mate. Good catch Prof. Ray
  23. This is last nights effort. Hope to get some better images as it's beginning to get colder at night. Might steady things up a bit. Tim.
  24. Last nights Mars.

    About 9pm it pops out from behind a tree....But it's ideal about 11pm to 1am.
  25. NGC7331 massive crop

    Yep, that worked very well! Tim
  26. NGC7331 massive crop

    Wow. Nice combination. Shane
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