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#1 Jeffmar

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Posted 27 February 2021 - 01:39 PM

Hi all,

I have been using a stacking program that worked on a mac. I made the mistake of downloading a more recent OS and found that my mac would no longer run my program. I had to get Parallels and start using windows stacking software, which was fine for quite a while. Recently, I found that Parallels will no longer load on my mac. The error message says, “INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE”. I got on line and have tried at least a half dozen procedures folks on youtube claim will fix the problems. So far it hasn’t worked. I have called and emailed Parallels people a bunch of times. When I call I get a message saying all agents are busy and to call back later. When I emailed them, their first response was, “INACCESSIBLE BOOT DEVICE ISN’T ENOUGH INFORMATION”, which was the only information I had to give them. When I emailed back and told them it was all I had, they finally responded and gave me a list of things to do, in sequence. I have tried that several times and always get stuck somewhere in the process. 

 

Do any of you know of a stacking program that isn’t super complicated that will work with up to date an up to date OS for macs?

 

I have a PC laptop I use to run my autoguiding, but it is was inexpensive and doesn’t have nearly the processing power my mac has for post processing and stacking.

 

 



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 01:59 PM

I've used Nebulosity for years for shooting (unless its Nikon) and stacking processing etc.  Affinity Photo just came out with a full suite for processing astrophotography,  which I'm going to be trying.  It is very good ,lots less $$ competitor to PS, for every sort of photography.    And Pixinsight, of course, (never used it) if you want to pay a lot more and climb a big learning curve from what I read.   All Mac native.  


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 02:01 PM

Few listed here but not read all the way through, I had book marked the site some time ago:

StackingSW

 

One says Mac, may be worth a try or look at.

 

Also check the Software section on CN sure I read someone had produced a new stacker but as I didn't read it I suppose it was Windows orientated, but look.


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#4 Ken Sturrock

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Posted 27 February 2021 - 02:09 PM

Yeah, Apple's OS updates will do that to you.

 

I use PixInsight, but you may want to search under the "Capturing & Processing" section on Andrew's Mac Observatory site. As you found, though, not all may be 64-bit.


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#5 Dean J.

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Posted 27 February 2021 - 02:21 PM

I haven’t used Parallels for a while but I preferred VMWare Fusion when I was running Windows programs on my Macs.  VMWare Fusion isn’t cheap.  For the more adventurous there is Virtual Box and it is free.

 

Have you tried Boot Camp?


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 03:03 PM

I haven’t used Parallels for a while but I preferred VMWare Fusion when I was running Windows programs on my Macs.  VMWare Fusion isn’t cheap.  For the more adventurous there is Virtual Box and it is free.

 

Have you tried Boot Camp?

Years ago I tried Boot Camp. For some reason I couldn’t get it to work. I could certainly give it a shot again.



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 03:39 PM

I use Parallels on my MacBook Pro and haven't had any problems with Windows... but Big Sur has been challenging.

 

However, for the Mac, I currently use AstroPixelProcessor (APP) which is awesome.  Just use the default settings and you get great results.  Additionally, it's "remove light pollution" function is magic.  I have also used Nebulosity4, but it isn't simple to use... but gets good results.

 

For post processing, APP is good... but limited.  I have recently started using StarTools.  Lots of capability, but has a learning curve.  I also utilize Topaz Labs software... particularly DeNoise.

 

Good luck!

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Posted 27 February 2021 - 03:48 PM

Another one using pixinsight on a Mac.

Latest update makes calibrating images stacking fairly simple and easy. I believe they have a free trial. You can watch a few of Adam Blocks videos on you tube bit lengthy but very well explained how to use the Batch processing script.

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Posted 27 February 2021 - 04:03 PM

ASTAP does a very nice job and works for all platforms

http://www.hnsky.org/astap.htm


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 04:41 PM

I've used Nebulosity for years for shooting (unless its Nikon) and stacking processing etc.  Affinity Photo just came out with a full suite for processing astrophotography,  which I'm going to be trying.  It is very good ,lots less $$ competitor to PS, for every sort of photography.    And Pixinsight, of course, (never used it) if you want to pay a lot more and climb a big learning curve from what I read.   All Mac native.  

I downloaded the Affinity Photo app. It shows some promise. At the very least I now have a program that will stack photos with having to deal with Parallels.

 

Thanks, Ron


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 04:43 PM

PixInsight is da bomb.


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 06:55 PM

PixInsight is da bomb.

I tried pixInsight for a few weeks. It probably wasn’t long enough to get to know the program, but I gave up on it. I usually only use stacking software just to stack, and then take the image to Lightroom or Photoshop for post processing the stacked image. I have heard good things about PixInsight, but didn’t have the patience to stick with it.



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 07:17 PM

I tried pixInsight for a few weeks. It probably wasn’t long enough to get to know the program, but I gave up on it. I usually only use stacking software just to stack, and then take the image to Lightroom or Photoshop for post processing the stacked image. I have heard good things about PixInsight, but didn’t have the patience to stick with it.

I have been a Mac user for years. Some of the best advice ever posted here in my opinion is from a very experienced user who is, I believe, a big PC guy. It turns out his advice is platform agnostic (well, not truly, but available for everyone) :  we spend thousands on gear to acquire images and fret about minutiae but won't shell out less than the cost of a medium quality eyepiece or an autofocussing device or a filter when it comes to half of what we need to do: process images. PixInsight. Learn it; you will  spend some time learning it but you will not  regret it. My 2 cents. 


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Posted 27 February 2021 - 07:42 PM

I downloaded the Affinity Photo app. It shows some promise. At the very least I now have a program that will stack photos with having to deal with Parallels.

 

Thanks, Ron

be sure to watch their videos on using the astro parts -and others if needed for daylight.  Its 'structured' a bit differently then PS but many processing tools are the similar.  


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Posted 28 February 2021 - 01:56 AM

Siril is awesome on the Mac.



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Posted 28 February 2021 - 03:31 AM

Most Windows emulation software (Parallels, VMWare) requires paid upgrades for each MacOS upgrade (=yearly). With so many good stacking solutions out there natively for Mac, it’s a waste not to use them. 
Andrew has published pretty much the whole list (and any other Mac software you may be interested in): https://www.macobser...ronomy-software

+1 for PixInsight. It’s a bit of a learning curve, but completely worth it. And the just released version 2 of their preprocessing script (=stacking) is actually not difficult to use at all. Even if you just use PI for stacking, it’s worth it. I wrote some of the most important improvements here:

https://www.astrowor...ents-in-wbpp-20

And Adam Block has published very good (free) training videos on using the script:

https://youtube.com/...8hCgqwkrxsk7CDn



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 02:43 PM

Native mac stackers I'm aware of : AstroPixelProcessor , PixInsight, ASTAP, Regim



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Posted 03 March 2021 - 06:03 PM

Native mac stackers I'm aware of : AstroPixelProcessor , PixInsight, ASTAP, Regim

Plus Nebulosity and Affinity.

 

Ron




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