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#1 Alien Observatory

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Posted 08 November 2021 - 10:29 AM

This thread is to discuss all things for the Stellina telescope as it relates to the EAA Forum Guidelines.  EAA Guidelines prohibit posts on Post Processing of Images, Post Processed Images and any discussion of Post Processing SW or Processing.       Pat Utah smile.gif

 

 

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This is the Link to the First Stellina Thread 

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Posted 08 November 2021 - 10:54 AM

  If you want to discuss how to process Stellina's images, go there: https://www.cloudyni...rocess-the-fits


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Posted 08 November 2021 - 03:13 PM

     glad to see this thread.  I have been busy observing with my Stelina.  Have had some nice views of the Helix  in both standard and high res. mode.  Also nice views of the bubble, Cresent Nebula, Western Veil,  and what I think was a very nice Double Cluster.  Needless to say I have been enjoying my Stelina.  

 

     I recently upgraded the battery to a 23,800 mah version of the one that came with my Stelina,  made by Charmast.  It appears to have about 9 hours of power if no dew heater is used.  I am in the desert so dew is not all that common.

     Some of my unprocessed captures can be viewed at this link:

https://www.flickr.c...eposted-public/


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Posted 08 November 2021 - 03:48 PM

Nice images Larry, I want to try the Hi resolution on a Planetary Nebula (saved as a TIFF) and Manual Mode before the Snow arrives.  Pat Utah :)


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Posted 08 November 2021 - 03:54 PM

Nice images Larry, I want to try the Hi resolution on a Planetary Nebula (saved as a TIFF) and Manual Mode before the Snow arrives.  Pat Utah smile.gif

    Thanks, but Stelina did all the work. lol.  This thing is great.


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Posted 09 November 2021 - 12:58 AM

I did get NGC 7662 (Snow Ball Nebula) in Hi Resolution tonight.  Zoomed and Cropped 10 minute, 10 sec subs.   Hi resolution (Bin 1) looks to be better for Smaller Objects in the Cosmos.  Pat Utah smile.gif

 

 

 

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Posted 09 November 2021 - 09:28 AM

I did get NGC 7662 (Snow Ball Nebula) in Hi Resolution tonight.  Zoomed and Cropped 10 minute, 10 sec subs.   Hi resolution (Bin 1) looks to be better for Smaller Objects in the Cosmos.  Pat Utah smile.gif

Nice!  The other PNs in this month’s challenge have interesting detail, might be worth a try too. 



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Posted 10 November 2021 - 01:02 PM

Here is something that I have learned about using the Stelina with a wifi extender.  Maybe my posting this will help someone else in the future.  I have figured out that there is a specific order to follow when using an extender or maybe even without using one.  

 

1.Turn on Stelina and wait for the light around the button to turn solid blue.

2.  Turn on your extender

3.  Open Singularity on your device.

4. Tap on open wifi settings. and connect to your extender or directly to Stelina if not using an extender.

 

     What I was doing wrong was disconnecting from my wifi and connecting to my extender before turning on Stelina.  When I did this I was not able to connect to and control Stelina.  Following the above order seems to work every time.  It would be nice if Stelina came with a comprehensive manual.


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 01:26 PM

I leave my extender plugged in all the time and I use a slightly different sequence of events.   Pat Utah smile.gif

 

My extender has 3 lights that turn Green as the following events occur:

 

1)  After 30 seconds or so the extender is powered on and enabled (as mine is plugged in most of the time, one green light is showing).

 

2)  When the Stellina WIFI Signal is captured by the extender, this second light turns Off to Green (Stellina must be On for about 30 seconds and the Stellina Button is a solid Blue)

 

3) When my computer / iPad / iPhone is connected to the extender thru the WIFI Settings as Stellina_Ext, the 3rd light from turns Off to Green after launching the Singularity App (takes about 30 seconds)

 

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Posted 10 November 2021 - 01:36 PM

I leave my extender plugged in all the time and I use a slightly different sequence of events.   Pat Utah smile.gif

 

My extender has 3 lights that turn Green as the following events occur:

 

1)  After 30 seconds or so the extender is powered on and enabled (as mine is plugged in most of the time, one green light is showing).

 

2)  When the Stellina WIFI Signal is captured by the extender, this second light turns Red to Green (Stellina must be On for about 30 seconds and the Stellina Button is a Spiraling Blue)

 

3) When my computer / iPad / iPhone is connected to the extender thru the WIFI Settings as Stellina_Ext, the 3rd light from turns Red to Green (then I launch the Singularity App)

    I'll give that a try next time.  My problem could have been that I was not connecting to my extender through the Singularity app.


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 02:53 PM

Hello,

 has anyone actually downloaded the Singularity app to their Mac M1? I cannot find it it in the app store.


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 02:59 PM

I leave my extender plugged in all the time and I use a slightly different sequence of events.   Pat Utah smile.gif

 

My extender has 3 lights that turn Green as the following events occur:

 

1)  After 30 seconds or so the extender is powered on and enabled (as mine is plugged in most of the time, one green light is showing).

 

2)  When the Stellina WIFI Signal is captured by the extender, this second light turns Off to Green (Stellina must be On for about 30 seconds and the Stellina Button is a solid Blue)

 

3) When my computer / iPad / iPhone is connected to the extender thru the WIFI Settings as Stellina_Ext, the 3rd light from turns Off to Green after launching the Singularity App (takes about 30 seconds)

 

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    Just tried it the way you do ( as above )  and that works fine too.    Thanks.


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 04:38 PM

Hello,

 has anyone actually downloaded the Singularity app to their Mac M1? I cannot find it it in the app store.

I have, but from the Stellina / Singularity Anoucement email link,  Not from the App Store.  Pat Utah smile.gif

 

 

I just went to the Stellina link I down loaded it from and the Mac (OSX) version has disappeared.   Sorry :)


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Posted 10 November 2021 - 07:15 PM

I am glad this thread is back up I enjoy reading it?
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Posted 11 November 2021 - 04:05 PM

2021-11-10 N America 60m crop.jpg     Last night I observed NGC 7000 and saved images at 360 stacks and 720 stacks.  Here is the 360 10 second subs stacked image.   My wife and I could not tell any difference between the two so I am posting the shorter one.  It has been cropped to make it small enough to post in EAA.

 

 


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Posted 11 November 2021 - 06:16 PM

glad to see this thread. I have been busy observing with my Stelina. Have had some nice views of the Helix in both standard and high res. mode. Also nice views of the bubble, Cresent Nebula, Western Veil, and what I think was a very nice Double Cluster. Needless to say I have been enjoying my Stelina.

I recently upgraded the battery to a 23,800 mah version of the one that came with my Stelina, made by Charmast. It appears to have about 9 hours of power if no dew heater is used. I am in the desert so dew is not all that common.
Some of my unprocessed captures can be viewed at this link:
https://www.flickr.c...eposted-public/

Nice start! You have a lot more days use than I have but I’ve enjoyed all of them. Every clear night I have had it out. I followed you on Flickr, too.

I’ve still only got the two 10K batteries but I have a cable and adapter coming to run off the outside outlet. So soon I might try the plan my night option. Hopefully it will re-autofocus between shots since in my area the temp changes more than the 5F that triggers the warning.

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Posted 11 November 2021 - 06:20 PM

Hi All. I've been lurking here for a while and I finally created an account to share my experiences and observations. As someone who has long had an interest in Astronomy but never the time or energy to invest in the more manual processes, the Stellina smart scope has finally given me an opportunity to observe the things I have only been reading about on the internet. Anyway, here's my observation of NGC6960 (Veil Nebula) from my bortle 6 backyard last night. I think this image straight from the Singularity app looks pretty good, but I was able to clean up the TIFF some more (as you can see in my album).

 

Veil Nebula (NGC6960)   Unprocessed

362 x 10s subs


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Posted 11 November 2021 - 07:01 PM

Nice start! You have a lot more days use than I have but I’ve enjoyed all of them. Every clear night I have had it out. I followed you on Flickr, too.

I’ve still only got the two 10K batteries but I have a cable and adapter coming to run off the outside outlet. So soon I might try the plan my night option. Hopefully it will re-autofocus between shots since in my area the temp changes more than the 5F that triggers the warning.

    As far as I know, at least on the Android version of Singularity  the only way to auto focus is to do it yourself and then you have to start over.  I hope that gets changed.  Sometimes I can go 2 hours without re focusing but not all that often.  I have got into the habit of focusing everytime I start a new target.  Although I rarely do more than 2 targets in a session.  I have only missed one night so far since my Stelina arrived.  Tonight will make the second night.  I need to post more on Flicker, I am a little behind.


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Posted 11 November 2021 - 10:13 PM

Caught the Moon tonight between the clouds and got the Lunar X (2nd time this year) on the Stellina...  Pat Utah smile.gif

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Posted 11 November 2021 - 11:40 PM

And the Lunar V as a Bonus...Pat Utah smile.gif

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Posted 12 November 2021 - 07:04 AM

Has anyone tried the Plan My Night feature yet?

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Posted 12 November 2021 - 07:14 AM

Has anyone tried the Plan My Night feature yet?

  Unfortunately, it's not yet available on Android.

 

  On FB, many iOS users have tried it, with good success. It seems that the problem currently is that it's not possible to program the autofocus, so that you still have to be awake to launch it yourself. Apparently that does not interrupt the plan.

 

  I'm not sure as I have not followed those threads very attentively as I am on Android.



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Posted 12 November 2021 - 07:31 AM

Has anyone tried the Plan My Night feature yet?

I tried it once. I like how you can scroll the list of objects and see a graph of each object’s altitude over time. However, I discovered that it does not save a TIFF at the end of the observation, nor does it park the scope at the end of the plan. So it is good (for me) for deciding what to observe but not for automating the night. 


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Posted 12 November 2021 - 07:35 AM

I tried it once. I like how you can scroll the list of objects and see a graph of each object’s altitude over time. However, I discovered that it does not save a TIFF at the end of the observation, nor does it park the scope at the end of the plan. So it is good (for me) for deciding what to observe but not for automating the night. 

  It does not even close itself automatically when the sun rises, as usual?



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Posted 12 November 2021 - 08:11 AM

  Unfortunately, it's not yet available on Android.

 

  On FB, many iOS users have tried it, with good success. It seems that the problem currently is that it's not possible to program the autofocus, so that you still have to be awake to launch it yourself. Apparently that does not interrupt the plan.

 

  I'm not sure as I have not followed those threads very attentively as I am on Android.

Interesting. Seems that have some distance to go before it's a truly useful feature. Now, if they put in the automatic re-focus when needed option without stopping the observation then that would kill several birds with one stone.


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