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#1 mathematics28

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Posted 01 December 2023 - 08:31 PM

Hello!

 

Is there any reason to use one over the other?



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Posted 01 December 2023 - 08:59 PM

I haven't tried Firecapture in a while, but used to use it until I tried SharpCap Pro. SharpCap Pro has some features I need, such as an easy-to-use advanced sequencer, python scripting, a seeing-monitor that saves only the best frames, and autofocus.

 

The sequencer lets me define subroutines that I can use in other sequences, making development of complex sequences easy.

 

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Posted 01 December 2023 - 10:53 PM

FireCapture is specific to solar system captures with video. SharpCap includes a lot of other features, including DSO's. If doing planets that night I use FireCapture. 



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Posted 02 December 2023 - 08:46 AM

SharpCap Pro is a one-stop shop, including polar alignment, plate solving, mount control, focuser control, ADC setting, various focus assistants and autofocussing, DSO and planetary live stacking, and of course, capture.

I used FC for a season but went back to SC and have never looked back.
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#5 mathematics28

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Posted 02 December 2023 - 08:55 AM

SharpCap Pro is a one-stop shop, including polar alignment, plate solving, mount control, focuser control, ADC setting, various focus assistants and autofocussing, DSO and planetary live stacking, and of course, capture.

I used FC for a season but went back to SC and have never looked back.



#6 mathematics28

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Posted 02 December 2023 - 08:56 AM

 

SharpCap Pro is a one-stop shop, including polar alignment, plate solving, mount control, focuser control, ADC setting, various focus assistants and autofocussing, DSO and planetary live stacking, and of course, capture.

I used FC for a season but went back to SC and have never looked back.

 

This is exactly what i was looking for. Sounds like this would be ideal for tracking the moon as well as capturing it. 


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Posted 02 December 2023 - 09:00 AM

Yes. SharpCap will track planets or the full disk Moon using center of gravity or surface features for less than full disk images, and will guide the mount to keep the image in the frame.
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Posted 07 December 2023 - 06:09 PM

Yes. SharpCap will track planets or the full disk Moon using center of gravity or surface features for less than full disk images, and will guide the mount to keep the image in the frame.

that is great to hear!



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Posted 09 December 2023 - 07:23 PM

FC is also cross-platform, whereas SC only runs on Windows.

 

I've used FC on the Mac, linux, and even Raspberry Pi. Which is cool!

 

But no doubt SC is a much more comprehensive do-it-all program.


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Posted 09 December 2023 - 08:13 PM

Wait until you try the new Planetary Live Stacking tool! It will as Elon Musk is overfond of saying, "blow your mind. 

 

See it "live and in living color" almost every night on NightskiesNetwork.com  three if the sky is clear along the east coast two or three of the regulars will likely be using the new tool on Jupiter.

 

Visitors at NSN are always welcome. No need to join. If you see a broadcast in progress, press the blue button to join as an observer. If you want to join the conversation some broadcasters prefer that you sign in with a name and location. Easy to do once you join. In the upper right part of the NSN window there are three vertical dots. Click on them and then select leave the meeting. You will go to a screen where you can type in your name and location. First name is fine and then something to ID where you are, a city, an area in a state, a country -your choice. It is a friendly group and a first name is much more friendly than "Observer3456."


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Posted 09 December 2023 - 10:53 PM

Wait until you try the new Planetary Live Stacking tool! It will as Elon Musk is overfond of saying, "blow your mind. 

 

See it "live and in living color" almost every night on NightskiesNetwork.com  three if the sky is clear along the east coast two or three of the regulars will likely be using the new tool on Jupiter.

 

Visitors at NSN are always welcome. No need to join. If you see a broadcast in progress, press the blue button to join as an observer. If you want to join the conversation some broadcasters prefer that you sign in with a name and location. Easy to do once you join. In the upper right part of the NSN window there are three vertical dots. Click on them and then select leave the meeting. You will go to a screen where you can type in your name and location. First name is fine and then something to ID where you are, a city, an area in a state, a country -your choice. It is a friendly group and a first name is much more friendly than "Observer3456."

Glad the word is getting out.




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