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Suggestions / Please start a section for the new Horizon
« Last post by JimH123 on Today at 04:44:33 AM »
I suppose there will be considerable interest in the Horizon.  Can you create a new section for just the Horizon?
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Atik Infinity / Re: Infinity not working
« Last post by bwa on September 25, 2017, 01:40:55 AM »
I re-built the computer software, re-loaded the Atik software...the Infinity now works!!  Spent several hours imaging last night!  Need to learn how to fine tune the focus, and process images...but it works!

Clear skies to all.
Glad you got it running!  Both the mono and color Infinities are great little cameras.  Have fun!

bwa
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3- and 4-Series Cameras / 460m Cooler issue
« Last post by nightster on September 23, 2017, 02:02:46 PM »
This problem first popped up last Saturday night. I couldn't get the CCD to cool below 7c then. I did some powerdowns and it began working. Cooled to -5 as I normally have it set. Today I'm running it on the bench to debug this issue. I'm using a regulated powersupply at 13.8v to power CCD. I've used several different USB cables and 2 different power cables. There is no problem connecting to the camera and the cooling power percentage changes when setpoint is changed. All seems to be working, the camera takes images and downloads them.  I've used APT and SGP and run the cooler today and from the ASCOM driver. Trace on is ON and there is no errors in log, but that is avail if needed.  The only issue is that is can't seem to get full cooling.  Last weekend the ambient was about 18c and the lowest it would go was about 7c.  Indoors today it is about 23c and the lowest it will report CCD temp is 16.6c. 

Is this cooler failing?

 
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Atik Infinity / Re: Second Monitor NOT being Automatically Detected.
« Last post by JimH123 on September 23, 2017, 03:29:57 AM »
Not sure what your problem is.  I have connected a second monitor to my laptop via HDMI and used it with Infinity SW when working with a group of youth showing them the wonders of the night sky.  I set up the monitor to duplicate what I see on the laptop screen so that I do not need to look at the larger monitor while I am doing this.  It worked perfectly.  The key here is that you set up the screen behavior before you ever launch the Infinity SW.
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Atik Infinity / Re: Question about 2" nosepiece
« Last post by JimH123 on September 23, 2017, 03:24:00 AM »
The answer to your question can go several ways.  There is not a good agreement among eyepiece manufacturers as to what thread sizes that various eyepieces are going to use.  Here is a web site that spells out a number of them:

http://www.rudolf-reiser.de/astro_atm_gewinde_en.html

The Atik Infinity comes with a nose piece that can be unscrewed exposing a 42mm x 0.75 thread size.  In my case, I screw my 1.25" filter wheel right on to the Infinity.  The other side, I use a 2" adapter so that I can insert into the 2" focuser of my telescope.

As for focal reducers, I do have one that is 1.25", but I haven't been using it.  If I were to, it would be best to put the nose piece back on the Infinity and use a different adapter for the filter wheel.  The focal reducer produces different focal reductions based upon how far it is from the Infinity sensor and it wouldn't make sense to put it on the telescope side of the filter wheel.

Now in your case, you already have a 2" focal reducer.  Overkill for the Infinity, but should work OK.  You would need to have an adapter to go from 42mm x 0.75 to a 2" barrel so that the reducer can screw into the bottom of the barrel.  This can then be inserted into the 2" focuser of the telescope.  Or, you can use a 2" filter wheel which would go between the focal reducer and the telescope.

There is quite a step up cost in filter wheels and filters going from 1.25" to 2". 
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Atik Infinity / Second Monitor NOT being Automatically Detected.
« Last post by jeffpayne on September 22, 2017, 07:59:13 PM »
I have a second monitor connected to my laptop via a HDMI cable.  I then start the Infinity software with the camera connected.  I never see a popup indicating that the second monitor was detected.  I can duplicate the screen via Windows 10.  Any ideas?

Thanks, Jeff.
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Atik Infinity / Re: Infinity not working
« Last post by gsteele on September 21, 2017, 04:43:04 PM »
I re-built the computer software, re-loaded the Atik software...the Infinity now works!!  Spent several hours imaging last night!  Need to learn how to fine tune the focus, and process images...but it works!

Clear skies to all.
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Software and Everything Else / Re: Dawn
« Last post by tom on September 21, 2017, 11:35:21 AM »
Hello Ian,
Does Dawn show any error message when you try to open the OSC1 template?  Also, which version of Dawn are you using?

Tom.
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3- and 4-Series Cameras / ATIK420m Question
« Last post by AZ-Astro on September 21, 2017, 02:57:57 AM »
I recently purchased a 420m and have installed the software on my laptop.

When I launch the Artemis software it finds my camera. I managed to find some clear skies the other evening and thought I would try to take a practice shot at a portion of the sky.

I took 6 or 8 images - and they all look like dark frames - even after a 300 second exposure as test, it looked precisely like the image from a 3 second exposure - and no evidence of star trails

I was not able to get a preview photo on the computer screen either. It appears that I am missing a fundamental piece of information on how to actually get it to 'look' at something and I'm wondering if anyone else has had this issue.

Thank you

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3- and 4-Series Cameras / 383 mono hot pixels
« Last post by AlanC on September 20, 2017, 11:02:27 PM »
I bought atik 383 mono and it has a lot of hit pixels. We shot 5min darks at -5C, with 1m usb cable. Can you give us advice on what might be wrong? We want to do photometry and we were wondering how hot pixels affect photometry?
Thx
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