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  Skytools 3 amd Meade Stella
Posted by: rpsutton - 2018-04-30, 02:01 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Support - Replies (5)

Can skytools 3 control my 12" meade lx600? and if so, will it connect wirelessly thru the meade stella wifi adapter?



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  Jupiter animation of 39 Frames, with GRS and Europa. Brisbane 21/22 Apr 2018.
Posted by: Dennis - 2018-04-27, 07:03 AM - Forum: Solar, Lunar and Planetary Imaging - Replies (1)

We had a clear spell in Brisbane on the evening of Sat/Sun 21/22 Apr 2018, although the seeing was quite variable, estimated to be between 3-5/10 on the Pickering Scale.
I grabbed 39 sets of RGB data, 30 sec each filter with a pause of 210 secs between sets, spanning 11:50pm (21st) to 03:15am (22nd) with Jupiter transiting the Meridian at 01:07 am (AEST). From these RGB sets I managed to generate a 39 frame animation.
South is at the top of the animation.
Tak Mewlon 210 F11.5.
TeleVue 2” PowerMate x2.0.
Camera=ZWO ASI290MM.
SX USB Filterwheel.
R=30 sec.
G=30 sec.
B=30 sec.
Pause=210 sec.
Focal Length=4830mm.
Start = 78 deg (E).
End = 57 deg (W).
Variable from 3 to 5 Pickering Scale.

Link to animation on PVOL website: 
I have attached a single frame from the sequence, where the seeing had dropped to around 4/10. It is interesting to see the larger image scale using the ASI290MM (2.9micron pixels) compared to my previous effort with the ASI120MM-S (3.75micron pixels).

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  Yearly Planner?
Posted by: DaleEason - 2018-04-25, 09:26 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (11)

Is there a way to list the objects in your list as to the best time in the year to observe them?  Perhaps best month?  I would like to order my list so that I know which months to plan for my objects.  I know about the yearly view in the individual object view but I would like to have that listed for each object in my list and then order the list based on that.

That was a request back last year on the old yahoo group.  You said you thought the next version 3 would satisfy that need.  I could not find that addressed anywhere.

Dale Eason

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  show sun spots from soho
Posted by: DaleEason - 2018-04-22, 07:17 PM - Forum: New SkyTools Users - Replies (2)

In your demo you quickly show how from the interactive map one can search for SUN and then press OK.  Then a view of the sun with sunspots is shown.  When I try it a little progress bar is quickly shown and goes to 100% then goes away.  But no image of the sun spots in produced.  I have skytools 3.2k DL Pro.  Any ideas what else I need to do?

Dale Eason

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  Binocular Views
Posted by: RonM64 - 2018-03-23, 06:32 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (2)

I was trying to compare views of M42 using various binocular options and found it curious that in some views the outline of the nebula were shown but not in others, and displays seemed counter-intuitive.  I haven't done much binocular viewing, and the setup in SkyTools for binoculars seems trivial, so curious about the results shown below.

Mag x Aperture, FOV,  Nebula Outline Shown   
  7 x 50,  7.1,  No
  8 x 40,  8.2,  Yes
  9 x 63,  5.0,  No
15 x 63,  3.7,  No

I thought for sure if the nebular outline was shown in the second entry above, it would also be shown in the last two entries. Curious as to why the outline was not shown in 1, 3, and 4, but was in 2.

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Wink Nightly Observing List Generator Problem?
Posted by: khughey - 2018-03-01, 04:55 AM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Support - Replies (3)

When I run the list generator, it does not return anything for most of the options, except a few items in the Showpieces and Shallow sky.  I was trying to generate a list for Mar 2.  My location is Gainesville, GA (selected from the list).  

The time range (red bars) was from 19:00 to 01:30.  All the filters were set to the least restrictive.  The instrument was a Skywatcher 8" Dob, with a 24mm EP.

It appears to be searching the database, but returns "No Objects Found".

Thoughts on what I might be doing wrong?

I had just upgraded from the Starter edition to the Standard edition w/real time.  Version shows as SkyTools Version 3.2j R2 DL SE

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  Will not update new objects
Posted by: ncwolfie - 2018-02-27, 08:52 PM - Forum: Minor Planet and Comet Astrometry - Replies (2)

Why can or I not update the database to include new minor planets, namely NEO's?
I have downloaded the MPCOrb.dat file, then tried update by the to read option but nothing gets updated. Huh


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  Jupiter, Europa, Io & Ganymede
Posted by: Dennis - 2018-02-21, 11:42 PM - Forum: Solar, Lunar and Planetary Imaging - Replies (7)

Here is an image of Jupiter with Galilean moons Europa (with shadow), Io and Ganymede taken on 10th Feb 2018.
Generally, the seeing was quite good with some light cloud around.
Taken with a Takahashi Mewlon 210 F11.5, TeleVue Powermate x2.0 (efl 4800mm), ZWO ASI 120MM-S and Starlight Xpress USB FW.
The image is made up of 30 sec R, G and B AVIs and is my first time using RGB filters in planetary imaging.

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  ?SNR and exposure window?
Posted by: Colin Pearce - 2018-02-15, 12:45 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (1)

i have installed ST3 on my desktop pc and on my laptop.
All settings are absolutely identical but the exposure time windows are slightly longer on my PC and the SNR figures are approximately double what they are on my laptop.
Does anyone know why this is? Surely both installations should be identical in the readouts they give?

Thanks in advance.

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  Adding catalog name to existing object
Posted by: SteveGoldberg - 2018-02-10, 04:04 PM - Forum: SkyTools 3 General Discussion - Replies (4)

How can another name be added to an object already in the main database?
In the database is object LEDA 2085077. I believe this is the same as IC4617.

When I put in the coordinates for IC4617 into the Designation Search Tool, and bring up the Interactive Atlas, the LEDA object is highlighted.
Therefore I can assume the 2 objects are the same, just different catalogs.
So, can I add IC4617 to the LEDA object in the primary database? Or should I add a new object to the Supplemental Database?
Steve Goldberg

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