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#1 MikePaling

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Posted 09 August 2017 - 12:03 PM

Hi folks .... maybe somebody can give me some pointers about "Plate Solving".

 

Now that I am confident in using Autoslew and CdC for visual and imaging on my DDM60Pro I need to try to understand the mysteries of plate solving.

 

Thus far, for imaging,  I have been taking things step-by-step using Astro Photography Tool (APT) and BackyardEOS (BYE) for imaging using my Canon DSLR. I really ought to start using my Moravian CCD camera now that the nights are starting to draw in.

 

I already have MaximDL, PinPoint and Sequence installed on my laptop but I have been hesitant to get to grips with these as the various manuals that came with these seem pretty complex for a total novice like me :-(

 

Can anybody suggest where I might find useful videos or PDF guides which will get me started with these bits of s/w ... and in particular plate solving ???

 

I have had a good look on the internet and YouTube etc. without a great deal of success so far.

 

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Mike



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Posted 10 August 2017 - 03:28 AM

Hi Mike,

 

Firstly, I'm pretty sure you need the full Pinpoint - not the MaximDL one.

 

Secondly, there is a document entitled 'Sequence 200' which takes you through the set-up. If you can't find it send me your email address and I'll send it to you. (It's too big for me to upload it here)

 

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 09:45 PM

Hi Mark ...

Thanks for this .... since I sent my message I have discovered the "Sequence 200" pdf file and I have been studying it trying to make sense.

 

I "think" that I am making some sense of it.  I already have the full version of PinPoint ... but I am not sure yet how it fits into the scheme of things.

 

Also ... today  I have been trying to get my QuickSync FT40 electronic focuser to link up to Autoslew and Maxim ... I have made some progress but keep hitting brick walls. There is an absolutely nothing in any Autoslew manual that I have about this aspect :-(( I have installed the ASCOM driver for this focuser correctly ... but Maxim just freezes when I ask it to connect to the focuser ... and Autoslew "hardware add-on procedure" is confusing.

 

At he minute I have hit a dead end .... I have also written to Dietmar (at ASA) if he can supply some extra guidance with all of this .... fingers crossed.

 

Mike



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Posted 12 August 2017 - 01:26 PM

When you install Pinpoint you must also install a star catalog - GSC is generally recommended. You can download it from dc3-dreams website. GSC sits on the PC hard disc, and the route to it must be entered into Sequence > Settings > Plate Solve > Set path. In my case the path is simply C:\GSC11.

 

Hope this helps

 

Mark



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Posted 13 August 2017 - 09:13 AM

Sequence has settings to control Pinpoint, but it might be an idea to get familiar with Pinpoint before you try.

These are my settings - you will need to alter the vertical and horizontal scale factors.

When you get Pinpoint to solve your images you will then know what to enter into Sequence.

 

 

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Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:52 PM

When you install Pinpoint you must also install a star catalog - GSC is generally recommended. You can download it from dc3-dreams website. GSC sits on the PC hard disc, and the route to it must be entered into Sequence > Settings > Plate Solve > Set path. In my case the path is simply C:\GSC11.

 

Hope this helps

 

Mark

Thanks Mark for this ....

Now done it .... one more little step on the path to enlightenment! 

 

Mike



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Posted 14 August 2017 - 01:54 PM

Sequence has settings to control Pinpoint, but it might be an idea to get familiar with Pinpoint before you try.

These are my settings - you will need to alter the vertical and horizontal scale factors.

When you get Pinpoint to solve your images you will then know what to enter into Sequence.

 

 

pinpoint1.jpg

Thanks George ....

I will now get reading the Pinpoint manual to see where it takes me !

 

Mike






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