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Astronomical Photography / Cannot view image attachments?
« Last post by jimjam222 on Today at 06:13:27 AM »
For some reason I cannot view images from this site, no matter what platform I am using (Android, iOS, Windows).

This post has a photo attached to it, which I can download, but in windows I get:
Windows Photo Viewer can't open this picture because either Photo Viewer doesn't support this file format, or you don't have the latest updates to Photo Viewer

Are other people getting the same problems?

Astronomical Photography / Re: [Moon] Advertising for QHY5L-II
« Last post by easybob95 on February 27, 2015, 05:02:44 AM »
But this is my favorite version of my colored Copernic (reduced size) :

And in order to change the target, a small reprocessed Mars (not bad but not good) :

Astronomical Photography / Re: Guiding with a QHY5L IIM
« Last post by Bodkin on February 26, 2015, 06:15:31 PM »
Cheers rob for the info.  ;)

Does ASCOM pulse guiding work with the Vixen GPD2? as far as I am aware the Vixen GPD2 mount only has the ST4 port in the hand controller. Sorry I am a bit new to the whole guiding thing. I guess we all have to start from somewhere. Plus I don't live in my native country and have absolutely nobody I can discus these things with. 
That would seem to indicate either a power or bandwidth issue. The QHY5L-II-M does draw a fair amount of power, it might be that in battery mode the laptop has power management for the usb ports enabled - i might look at disabling the power management options for usb ports for your laptop to see if that works (under your power performance plan options).
Astronomical Photography / Re: Guiding with a QHY5L IIM
« Last post by brown_rb on February 25, 2015, 10:38:37 AM »
I use the QHY5L-II-M on an Orion ED80T-CF as a guidescope. I connect to the QHY using the ASCOM driver and PHD2 (I am still using 2.3.1 as I find that works the best for me), exposures about 1.5s, gain 12%. I have the star perfectly focused using a Bahtinov mask (I am one of those that do not believe in defocusing the guide star). Make sure the star profile is turned on and that the star is not clipped at the top (ie not saturated). Make sure you have enough calibration steps during calibrate (like 12).

For mount control (I have an EQ8) I use ASCOM pulse guiding. Yes its possible to use ST4 guiding (I even have the cable connected), I use ASCOM pulse guiding, it has much better control than ST4 and should give better results. In my mount I think I have the RA and DEC pulse guide settings at around 30%.

You might want to look at the PDF document I uploaded yesterday which outlines all of this with a QHY5L-II-M and PHD2
Robert Brown
Astronomical Photography / Guiding with a QHY5L IIM
« Last post by Bodkin on February 25, 2015, 09:17:02 AM »
Hi all I'm new to the forum and to guiding with a QHYCCD

I am newish to AP and have been taking unguided photos thus far. I have been deliberating for a while now on what autoguider to get. I was going to get the Orion Starshoot  Autoguider which is ST-4 compatible but opted for the QHY5L IIM, which I believe is also ST-4 compatible. I want to use it with the Orion St80 as a guide scope via an ST-4 port on a vixen DD3 hand controller, guiding a 200mm F5 newtonian(AP ready and modded)and kiss X4 camera. My PC is running Windows 7 64bit and I'll be using PHD or PHD2.

Does anybody have any advice for driving, operating, focusing and using the QHY5L IIM with this kind of set up?. Any pitfalls or potential problems with driver set up and screen freezes on ST-4?...Any experience or words of wisdom welcome.

thanks Brown.. I did see that setting but only got the camera working by uninstalling its ASCOM driver. Weird.

I also discovered that removing  the power to my laptop, which switches it to power saver battery profile also stops the camera. Changing to " high performance" profile makes it work again.
did you set up the usb bandwidth etc?
CCD Camera / QHY5L-II / Red Light Flashing, but no Image in EZ Planetary (or any others)
« Last post by dylano on February 24, 2015, 04:57:58 AM »
Latest Ascom drivers installed, reinstalled all latest QHY5L-II drivers.

Camera shows up in Camera Menu when plugged in, the light starts to flash when you select a resolution (eg 1280 x 960) but the right hand window remains grey. Sometimes black.

The status bar says "HDD:0FPS" in the corner.

Other programs (eg Nebulosity) have similar results. Camera detects and connects but no read output.

Any ideas?
CCD Camera / Re: QHY27/28/29
« Last post by jijc76 on February 23, 2015, 01:41:15 AM »
I'm waiting for something like QHY22 but with the largest sensor size QHY9 ... that would be fantastic!
I think, KODAK counterattack to SONY ICX because their sensors are very good, if there was an upgrade KAF8300 ....

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