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Re: [ap-ug] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

We look forward to seeing how the eagles are doing and life on the pond through your scopes.

 

Both high risk professions. This is a challenging time for anyone in the medical profession and also the service industry, which is a large part of our economy.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-ug.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-ug.groups.io] On Behalf Of Pete Lardizabal
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 6:28 AM
To: main@ap-ug.groups.io
Cc: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-ug] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

This challenge won’t alter my routine much other than to refrain from sharing the view in the eyepiece. 👁 

 

I have a sister-in-law and brother-in-law ,both in Michigan, under 14 day quarantine having been exposed. One works in the medical profession and the other in the restaurant industry. Cases are on the rise here in Florida. 

 

Stay safe,

 

Pete



On Mar 14, 2020, at 11:38 PM, Marj Christen <Marj@...> wrote:



To all of our friends,

 

As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.

 

Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

Dominique Durand
 

Little evening with my club last night and I hope not last after many very cloudy nights.The 92 Stowaway, installed on an Azgti and an aluminum tripod did its best, in a sky with its light pollution to the north (Bordeaux).Its optical qualities have given much pleasure to the usual observers and passages. M42 and around, the pleiades and M81 / M82 among others were of the party.
Thank you Majr for your good advice, the events of the moment should not prevent us from the good air of our starry nights.
What doesn't keep us apart brings us closer.

Dominique


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Spring will surely lift us all up. Enjoy the morels.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of thefamily90 Phillips
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 3:41 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Love this advice! I went for a walk through the hardwood forrest on my Farm this morning at dawn. It was beautiful especially with all the tweedle birds singing. The morel mushrooms should be coming up soon (yum!). And, hopefully, we will get some clear skies soon (fingers crossed).

I learned the hard way a long time ago that the most important thing in life is not your wealth. It is, without question, your friends and family. Hang onto them tightly.

 

All the Best to all my Astro- Friends! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Jim Phillips

 


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:29:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Thanks Marj Good advice.

Are you and Roland still in Hawaii ?

They were showing the immigration lines in Chicago this morning on the news. The wait is several hours long. Fortunately, when you come home you will not have to go through immigration, but the airport will likely be a circus. On the upside, I expect that after the initial rush of people trying to get into the country from the EU, things will slow down a lot. Your biggest risk will be that they cancel your flight due to lack of travelers. I suppose if you are going to get stuck somewhere I can't think of a better place than Hale Lalani Hoku.

I count myself very lucky. I was scheduled to fly home from Germany on Saturday, but decided on Wednesday to fly home a day early. Luckily I did this a few hours before they announced the travel ban, and I got home OK with surprisingly little problems. I am currently in self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
 
Daleen is planning to ship my upgraded 180 EDT on Monday. If the weather cooperates I hope to spend some time outside with my scope during my quarantine.


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Mike,

 

We leave on Monday and fly direct to Chicago from Maui. So far, the flight is on schedule and there are empty seats all around us. I wish we could stay longer, but Roland has scopes and mounts to produce along with our staff. We arrive at Ohare at 5am when the terminals will be empty.

 

You were wise to leave Europe early. I have seen the news reports about delays and confusion at airports.

 

Enjoy your time with your 180!

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of M Hambrick
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 3:30 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Thanks Marj Good advice.

Are you and Roland still in Hawaii ?

They were showing the immigration lines in Chicago this morning on the news. The wait is several hours long. Fortunately, when you come home you will not have to go through immigration, but the airport will likely be a circus. On the upside, I expect that after the initial rush of people trying to get into the country from the EU, things will slow down a lot. Your biggest risk will be that they cancel your flight due to lack of travelers. I suppose if you are going to get stuck somewhere I can't think of a better place than Hale Lalani Hoku.

I count myself very lucky. I was scheduled to fly home from Germany on Saturday, but decided on Wednesday to fly home a day early. Luckily I did this a few hours before they announced the travel ban, and I got home OK with surprisingly little problems. I am currently in self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
 
Daleen is planning to ship my upgraded 180 EDT on Monday. If the weather cooperates I hope to spend some time outside with my scope during my quarantine.


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Cytan,

 

Yes, there are no known cases in our area and with schools closed and events cancelled, local communities and the state are taking steps to reduce the risk and spread.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Cheng-Yang Tan via Groups.Io
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:38 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

 

Hi Marj

  Will AP online store continue shipping stuff? I was planning to put in a small order of accessories next week.

 

cytan



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On Sunday, March 15, 2020, 1:28 AM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:

Dale,

I think that we will all homebodies for a while.

Clear Skies,

Marj Christen
Astro-Physics, Inc
11250 Forest Hills Rd
Machesney Park, IL 61115
Phone: 815-282-1513
Fax: 815-282-9847
www.astro-physics.com


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From: main@ap-gto.groups.io [mailto:main@ap-gto.groups.io] On Behalf Of Dale Ghent
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 8:15 PM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature


With the normal places we take our 18 month old closed and activities cancelled, I worked all day in the yard while he played in the dirt for the first time. He had a great time while I, who was clearing a 100x20' patch of english ivy, aka "green bullshit", was a different story. All for the good, however, as it's in preparation for taking down a dying tree that'll finally allow me to image from my back yard.


> On Mar 14, 2020, at 11:40 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:
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> To all of our friends,
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> As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.
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> Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.
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> Clear Skies,
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> Marj Christen
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> Astro-Physics, Inc
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> 11250 Forest Hills Rd
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> Machesney Park, IL 61115
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> Phone: 815-282-1513
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> Fax: 815-282-9847
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> www.astro-physics.com
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Re: [ap-ug] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

Richard Crisp
 

Great advice!

I’m working on my garden and are getting spring rains right now

“Corrected” by my iPhone

On Mar 14, 2020, at 8:38 PM, Marj Christen <marj@...> wrote:



To all of our friends,

 

As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.

 

Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


Re: Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

Dale Ghent
 

You can also try it in NINA’s native FLI driver. I have it so that if the driver has issues grabbing a row and the FLI SDK throws an error, that will be logged. If no error is thrown when the affected row is fetched then the issue is in the data and the FLI SDK is not aware of whatever the deeper problem is. 

On Mar 15, 2020, at 12:06, Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...> wrote:

Hi Ben,

No, the area remains exactly the same. I've used Voyager/SGP and also tried it in FLI Grab. The bar shows up in all of them. Heres a quick video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDDz82ud1I&feature=youtu.be

Good point on the mode change because I was doing 2 min exposures with a focus run every 30 min...which works out fairly close to this bar occuring around each focus run...which changes from 2MHz to 12MHz.

I did try a different cable as well as connecting direct to the computer, as opposed to going through a hub. Didn't help.

I looked at Harmuts driver properties and I don't have any pre-flush settings set...maybe I need to change those?

<FLI_ML16200.JPG>


Re: GTO CP3 connection problem via COM port in Windows 10

Peter Nagy
 

Can you try with a different Windows 10 computer and see if it behaves differently? 

Peter 


Re: Ascom driver will not connect to mount

Peter Bresler
 

The problem got fixed. I think it was because the small box "use IP address" in the window that displays the IP address with the search button in APCC had not been checked..


Re: More AP900 Goodness - Caroline's Rose

Don Anderson
 

beautiful image Dean!

Don Anderson


On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:31:09 p.m. MDT, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:


.. and another restored and tweaked image - open clusters NGC 7790, NGC 7788, Berkeley 58, Frolov 1, Harvard 21 and King 12 in Cassiopeia:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/366208/0/

A full resolution, 4656 x 3520, was posted for this one too.

--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: [ap-ug] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

Pete Lardizabal
 

This challenge won’t alter my routine much other than to refrain from sharing the view in the eyepiece. 👁 

I have a sister-in-law and brother-in-law ,both in Michigan, under 14 day quarantine having been exposed. One works in the medical profession and the other in the restaurant industry. Cases are on the rise here in Florida. 

Stay safe,

Pete

On Mar 14, 2020, at 11:38 PM, Marj Christen <Marj@...> wrote:



To all of our friends,

 

As events and activities are cancelled and stressful news abounds, you may wish to consider indulging yourself in activities that you enjoy – hikes in the woods, preparing your garden beds for Spring, bird watching, astronomy, etc. Get up off the couch and enjoy a night under the stars and finally process those images that you have been capturing. Be sure to share your observing experiences and images with our group.

 

Be kind to one another and those that you love. Be safe.

 

Clear Skies,

 

Marj Christen

Astro-Physics, Inc

11250 Forest Hills Rd

Machesney Park, IL 61115

Phone: 815-282-1513

Fax: 815-282-9847

www.astro-physics.com

 


Re: Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

Hi Ben,

No, the area remains exactly the same. I've used Voyager/SGP and also tried it in FLI Grab. The bar shows up in all of them. Heres a quick video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StDDz82ud1I&feature=youtu.be

Good point on the mode change because I was doing 2 min exposures with a focus run every 30 min...which works out fairly close to this bar occuring around each focus run...which changes from 2MHz to 12MHz.

I did try a different cable as well as connecting direct to the computer, as opposed to going through a hub. Didn't help.

I looked at Harmuts driver properties and I don't have any pre-flush settings set...maybe I need to change those?



Re: Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

Steve Reilly
 

Had that issue before and turned out to be the USB port or cable. Seems I narrowed it down to the port. Changed to an inside computer to test and no issues using same cable.

 

-Steve

 

 

From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> On Behalf Of Tony Benjamin
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 11:16 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io
Subject: [ap-gto] Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

 

I've noticed that I am getting a "Black Bar" across some of my images (at regular intervals) and was wondering what might cause that? Here are its characteristics:

  • Occurs on the very 1st image each night;
  • Occurs on every 13th image thereafter; and
  • Occurs in both 2Mhz and 12Mhz download speeds.

I'm using the same driver I always have (Harmuts), which has never given me any problems. The only real change is that I recently got the camera back from FLI.

Any ideas?


Re: Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

Ben Koltenbah
 

Tony:

Does the location or size of this bar change each time?  What acquisition software are you using?

Is there a change of download mode occurring in your sequence before each of these frames such as for auto focus or some other periodic step?  I ask because one thing that could cause this is mode change and the buffer is not cleared before the next frame.  You end up with a mix of data from different modes.  You can see this happen with FLIGrab.  In fact, I suggest you take some frames with FLIGrab to see if the problem occurs there as well.  I can't recall now whether or not Hartmut's driver has some step to mitigate this.

If you haven't done so already, be sure to check with a different USB cable and if possible another computer just to eliminate these as sources of the problem.

Ben


Re: More AP900 Goodness - Caroline's Rose

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Dean, we all suffer that I think. Every time I look through my gallery for an old photo I cringe. I want to redo them all. LOL!

I hope the gallery rebuild goes fast for you. Sounds like a major hassle.


On Sun, 15 Mar 2020 at 10:50, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:
Thanks Stuart, in looking at them this morning I'm wondering if I overcooked them a little... but whatever.  Too late now.

Restoring my Astrobin gallery hasn't been as simple as I thought it would be.  With every image I get hung up on wondering if I could "make it look better" with the processing I may have learned in the last year or two.

The only time I am truly finished with an image is when I stop looking at it.  :-)
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


Black Bar Across Image (ML16200)

Tony Benjamin <tonybenjamin@...>
 

I've noticed that I am getting a "Black Bar" across some of my images (at regular intervals) and was wondering what might cause that? Here are its characteristics:

  • Occurs on the very 1st image each night;
  • Occurs on every 13th image thereafter; and
  • Occurs in both 2Mhz and 12Mhz download speeds.
I'm using the same driver I always have (Harmuts), which has never given me any problems. The only real change is that I recently got the camera back from FLI.

Any ideas?


Re: More AP900 Goodness - Caroline's Rose

Dean Jacobsen
 

Thanks Stuart, in looking at them this morning I'm wondering if I overcooked them a little... but whatever.  Too late now.

Restoring my Astrobin gallery hasn't been as simple as I thought it would be.  With every image I get hung up on wondering if I could "make it look better" with the processing I may have learned in the last year or two.

The only time I am truly finished with an image is when I stop looking at it.  :-)
--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


Re: More AP900 Goodness - Caroline's Rose

Stuart <stuart.j.heggie@...>
 

Dean, both these shots look super to me! 


On Sun, 15 Mar 2020 at 00:31, Dean Jacobsen <deanjacobsen@...> wrote:
.. and another restored and tweaked image - open clusters NGC 7790, NGC 7788, Berkeley 58, Frolov 1, Harvard 21 and King 12 in Cassiopeia:

https://www.astrobin.com/full/366208/0/

A full resolution, 4656 x 3520, was posted for this one too.

--
Dean Jacobsen
http://astrophoto.net/wp/ 
Image Gallery - http://astrophoto.net/wp/image-gallery/
Astrobin - https://www.astrobin.com/users/deanjacobsen/ 


--

Stuart
http://www.astrofoto.ca/stuartheggie/


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

thefamily90 Phillips
 

Love this advice! I went for a walk through the hardwood forrest on my Farm this morning at dawn. It was beautiful especially with all the tweedle birds singing. The morel mushrooms should be coming up soon (yum!). And, hopefully, we will get some clear skies soon (fingers crossed).
I learned the hard way a long time ago that the most important thing in life is not your wealth. It is, without question, your friends and family. Hang onto them tightly.

All the Best to all my Astro- Friends! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jim Phillips


From: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io> on behalf of M Hambrick <mhambrick563@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 15, 2020 9:29:48 AM
To: main@ap-gto.groups.io <main@ap-gto.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Time to enjoy astronomy and nature
 
Thanks Marj Good advice.

Are you and Roland still in Hawaii ?

They were showing the immigration lines in Chicago this morning on the news. The wait is several hours long. Fortunately, when you come home you will not have to go through immigration, but the airport will likely be a circus. On the upside, I expect that after the initial rush of people trying to get into the country from the EU, things will slow down a lot. Your biggest risk will be that they cancel your flight due to lack of travelers. I suppose if you are going to get stuck somewhere I can't think of a better place than Hale Lalani Hoku.

I count myself very lucky. I was scheduled to fly home from Germany on Saturday, but decided on Wednesday to fly home a day early. Luckily I did this a few hours before they announced the travel ban, and I got home OK with surprisingly little problems. I am currently in self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
 
Daleen is planning to ship my upgraded 180 EDT on Monday. If the weather cooperates I hope to spend some time outside with my scope during my quarantine.


moderated Re: Time to enjoy astronomy and nature

M Hambrick
 

Thanks Marj Good advice.

Are you and Roland still in Hawaii ?

They were showing the immigration lines in Chicago this morning on the news. The wait is several hours long. Fortunately, when you come home you will not have to go through immigration, but the airport will likely be a circus. On the upside, I expect that after the initial rush of people trying to get into the country from the EU, things will slow down a lot. Your biggest risk will be that they cancel your flight due to lack of travelers. I suppose if you are going to get stuck somewhere I can't think of a better place than Hale Lalani Hoku.

I count myself very lucky. I was scheduled to fly home from Germany on Saturday, but decided on Wednesday to fly home a day early. Luckily I did this a few hours before they announced the travel ban, and I got home OK with surprisingly little problems. I am currently in self-quarantine for 2 weeks.
 
Daleen is planning to ship my upgraded 180 EDT on Monday. If the weather cooperates I hope to spend some time outside with my scope during my quarantine.

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