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#51 Robrj

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:19 AM

Work has been busy and I have been focusing mostly on my languishing scientific imaging projects for the past few weeks. SharpCap continues to evolve quickly. If there is interest I can refresh the guide with recent changes.

I think an updated version would help, mostly in regards to the newer histogram controls.  I still send new people to your guide and they're probably downloading the latest version.

 

I think the guy who did the 2.9 manual for Robin is also working on an updated 3.1 manual.


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Posted 07 June 2018 - 10:34 AM

You are the MAN, Hiten. I would have languished in this hobby without your help. Thanks for all you have already done. 

 

What scientific efforts, if you don't mind my asking? 



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:04 PM

OK, enough gushing. I would like a nice tutorial on the 'brain'. I haven't used it (not sure I need to), and feel like I am missing out on something. I pay for SharpCap and feel like I should be able to use all of it.



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Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:34 PM

See the SharpCap website about using 'The Brain':

https://www.sharpcap...smart-histogram


Edited by roelb, 07 June 2018 - 04:46 PM.


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:02 AM

Thanks Kevin.

 

I am focused on Photometry for Exoplanet observing. Trying to get a few light curves under my belt before joining a pro-am collaboration. 

 

My guide is meant to get you started with EAA using SharpCap but is not meant to be a substitute for the user manual. I will look at the new features and see what make sense for inclusion. I think some of the Brain functionality may make sense. 

 

Appreciate the feedback.

 

Hiten


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Posted 08 June 2018 - 08:03 AM

Rob, glad that you and other folks find it useful.


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Posted 09 June 2018 - 08:31 AM

Of course, there’s quite some interest! Thank you for that very helpful document!



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Posted 23 October 2018 - 05:36 PM

Haven't been here awhile. But add my voice to the interested bunch. 



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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:19 AM

Have received a few requests over the past couple of months. Work and family commitments keep getting in the way. Working on a version with much more content. Will post this spring.


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 07:38 PM

Thanks again Hiten for this great guide!


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Posted 14 February 2019 - 08:31 PM

Thanks Hiten, I sure appreciate the work you've done on previous versions, and look forward to the updated guide!


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:22 AM

See the SharpCap website about using 'The Brain':

https://www.sharpcap...smart-histogram

Maybe a read this wrong but the Brain seems more applicable to long-exposure AP rather than EAA. Is that true?



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Posted 15 February 2019 - 11:50 AM

Maybe a read this wrong but the Brain seems more applicable to long-exposure AP rather than EAA. Is that true?

No, I think that the brain is quite useful for for EAA to determine exposure length and if it is best to use 8 or 16 bit. I use my ASI224 and C11 at f/5 anywhere from 15 to 60 seconds subs and stack them on the fly using SC. The brain lets me know what gain is best to use for those exposure times.

 

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 05:46 PM

Something that Robin Glover recently said: for successful stacking try to get 50-100 stars as being recognized in the Alignment tab under the Smart Histogram. Too many or too few can cause ignored frames and unsuccessful stacking.  Increasing the Digital Gain goes a long way in boosting a low number of recognized stars, as well.

 

Robin Clark said to adjust the R and G color balance on the right column to somewhat match the B color balance in the Smart Histogram +before live stacking+.

 

So many Robins to keep track of. :)

 

Honestly, once it gets warm, I want to make a YouTube video on "EAA+294 for beginners in the city". I've learned so much that I want to record it... more for my brain... and maybe to help anyone that is struggling. Nothing wrong with Hiten's Quickguide! It's good to have a visual tutorial along with a printed one.


Edited by 39.1N84.5W, 13 March 2019 - 08:23 AM.

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 11:05 PM

Something that Robin Clark recently said: for successful stacking try to get 50-100 stars as being recognized in the Alignment tab under the Smart Histogram. Too many or too few can cause ignored frames and unsuccessful stacking.  Increasing the Digital Gain goes a long way in boosting a low number of recognized stars, as well.

I’d love to take the credit for this but I think it was Robin Glover, SharpCap developer, who provided those tips.waytogo.gif




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