Posted 29 April 2008 - 12:44 PM
I spent hours trying to get a good focus on the screen but all I get is a bright blur that has a blulge. I finally started playing with the controls to see if I could change things. If I put the gain and contrast to zero, yes zero, I get a bluish looking thing that resembles Saturn. Since the manual doesn't look right I'm thinking it's really software for a DSI since the screen shots look the same. It does say LPI on the screen but....
Just for grins I tried starting it from the autostar image menu the gives a choice of LPI, DSI and Pictor cameras. It doesn't matter whether I click on LPI or DSI I get the same screen and it says it is an LPI.
I think they sent me the wrong software. What's your feeling?
Posted 29 April 2008 - 02:24 PM
Posted 29 April 2008 - 03:28 PM
What you are seeing is from over exposure.
Your exposure times for planets can and will be more likely like .0025 seconds maybe a bit longer or shorter.
As planets are very bright you will need to use a very very short exposure.
Fife Lake, Mi.
Posted 29 April 2008 - 05:40 PM
Posted 29 April 2008 - 09:21 PM
If you use the live mode it will let you go to just about zero exposure.
Fife Lake, Mi.
Posted 04 May 2008 - 04:55 PM
Now on to the latest. I'm not sure if it's my focus or if the scope is just shaking too much.
I don't get a clear image, it certainly doesn't look anything like the live image I see, and it moves what seems to me to be a lot. How much actual motion will the camera accomodate? I made a Hartman mask to help focus and that didn't help with the camera. It works great with live viewing but when the camera shows just one image the live picture still is fuzzy. I took some 500 frame shots anyway but it was no better. I trtied the image processing program using FITS and saving all the frames to see what I could do but I'm not any better with that than the actual camera. Is there some place on the web where I can get a tutorial on the processing of the images? As for the shaking I tied the tripod down and it doesn't move at all and very little vibration if any. I'm not sure if it helped.
I am assuming that the vibration comes from the tracking motor on the scope mount while it follows Saturn. Should I be concerned with that or the focus or...?
Posted 07 May 2008 - 10:26 AM
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