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Deep Sky Images / M97 The Owl Nebula
« Last post by CraigG on March 07, 2021, 04:12:31 pm »
Ok, time to get this party started again! We're having a decent string of good weather here so I hauled out the scope for a couple of nights now. This little guy was a stacked 10x120 seconds through an Optolong L-eXtreme multi-band filter attached to my Atik Horizon OSC. I used multi-star PHD guiding for the first time and it improved my Vixen Sphinx tracking. Clear skies everybody!
Accessories / EFW3 - running two in SGPro - working then crashing.
« Last post by tooth_dr on March 02, 2021, 11:04:30 am »
Hi guys
I recently bought a 16200 mono and an EFW3.  I am pairing this with my QHY268M and another EFW3.
SGPro recognises them with different serial numbers.
Over the past couple of nights I am struggling to get both working.  When I connect both, the first one will rotate once to a desired filter, then it becomes unresponsive.  The second one wont work at all.  Both appear as connected initially.  However they subsequently disconnect themselves from SGPro, and although I can reconnect, they wont move.  I need to turn off PC to get them working again, then the above repeats.  I decided to leave the EFWs and just concentrate on images with the Luminance filter, however the 16200 then wouldnt take an image, given a problem with starting exposure.
I have previously used the camera for a few exposures on it's own without connecting the wheel so I know the camera is working.  Just to add, I'm connecting both EFWs through my Hitec Astro Mount Hub Pro V3.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Atik Air / Re: i need your opinion for creating Atik's leads
« Last post by IphigeniaHypatia on March 02, 2021, 04:05:33 am »
List of popular songs for him, I have made a new music collection on mobile.
Software and Everything Else / AtikBase switch off
« Last post by bhenderson50 on March 01, 2021, 07:06:14 pm »
Is there any way other than via the Stellarmate App to switch off the AtikBase? I am finding that when I use the app to switch off the unit, the only way I can bring it back to life in Kstars is to disconnect the 12V power and reconnect. I found through extremely frustrating experience that just depowering the unit without first shutting it down via the app causes all sorts of problems!
The problem with using the app is that my iPad now tells me that I need to update the Stellarmate app to use  the AtikBase control, although I am using the latest AtikBase version 1.5.3...
Resolved for me!   Somehow the "PREVIEW" button was turned on.  Once off, my Bias frames reduced by 10x.   Went from a crazy 3900 to 317 where they  use to be.   Not sure how that got turned on, but wish it was not an option without a big red "ARE YOU CRAZY?" warning first :)

Only 2 months of data lost... at least I can restart.


 I have an Atik 314L, which until recently has given me good performance. Testing some new equipment, I found the camera "doesn't seem to see" anymore.

It will give me the same grayish appearance as if in a lighted room (or shooting flats). It doesn't darken when I close it off,  brighten when I shine a light on it., nor change with 1, 3, 5, etc. seconds exposure (day & night)

Recently having tested OAG focusing, my thought was maybe it had something to do with this, and had taken a 5-10 sec. long full-dark exposure to "reset it).

I've also used different cables, and different computers, checked the settings in Artemis (also reinstalled drivers, no dice.  Nothing untoward has happened to it.

This testing was under a full moon at 1 second exposure time. During the day, I seem to be able to get inverted pictures (like negatives) at 0.001 seconds.

I have attached a few screenshots. Any advice would be appreciated.

Any advice would be appreciated. Below is a screenshot of how it  looks.

- Andy -
Just got a very nice reply from Atik Support.  As those in IT like to say, PBTKAC.  (Google it ;-)). I was enabling "Preview" on the ASCOM setup panel for the driver.  This will turn something, I'm assuming an amplifier, that is causing the glow on my images.  There is no firmware upgrade required.  Disable Preview mode and the cameras should work fine.  Many thanks to the Atik support staff!
Software and Everything Else / 314L+ and 320E do not work correctly with ASCOM driver
« Last post by rimcrazy on February 25, 2021, 06:22:11 pm »
Sorry for using an ancient camera but I purchased both of these years ago, then life got in the way and now I'm back and have time to work with them again.  I've encountered and issue right off the bat where neither of these cameras appear to work correctly with the ASCOM driver for Atik cameras.  This can be seen in the following DARK frames I took.

All of the frames below were taken with a 5 sec exposure, DARK with the camera covered, all the same temp, no delay between frames

The top is a DARK frame using the Atik Artimis capture program. This looks correct.
The second is a DARK frame using SkyX and the ASCOM driver.  This is Frame 1 of a sequence of 100 frames
The bottom is a DARK frame using SkyX and the ASCOM driver.  This is Frame 100 of a sequence of 100 frames

Hmmm well my pictures are not showing up.  The description below describes what is happening.  The top frame from
Artimis looks like a perfectly normal DARK frame.  The next two, Frame 1 has a bloom at the top and by frame 100 the
bloom has covered the entire array.
As you can see the ASCOM pictures start with a severe bloom at the top and after a series of 100 frames the entire array is saturated.  What is going on?  I saw on a different post that their may have been firmware updates to these cameras but there does not appear to be anything available in the download sections. It is very possible they may have been available at one time but now are not and my cameras are old enough that they are still running on very old firmware.
Software and Everything Else / ASCOM driver for ST4 port ?.
« Last post by jackyjoy123 on February 25, 2021, 02:19:12 pm »

n the old Artemis CCD Yahoo group there is a message indicating that there is an ASCOM driver for using the ST4 guideport on the camera (in my case an Atik 16HR) when guiding via another camera.

Unfortunately, this group is now closed and only members can get access to the files, so I can't get that file.
Does anyone know of a source of the driver or another solution to allow me to guide via one camera whilst using the ST4 port on my Atik camera to guide?
FWIW I use PHD for guiding with a Meade DSI Pro as a guide camera.

Announcements / The current Atik repairs situation
« Last post by vince on February 25, 2021, 10:30:37 am »
We just wanted to keep you all up to date regarding the repairs situation at Atik & QSI. Whilst we see our service offering as one of our strengths, the pandemic has meant that we have not been able to achieve the same quick turnaround times that we aspire to. As you may know, our production and repair facilities are in Portugal, where the virus has hit particularly hard and means the country remains in lockdown with schools closed. Although we have maintained stringent COVID protocols at all our facilities, the nationwide restrictions have made it very difficult for us to have the team fully operational due to essential childcare and family needs. Whilst we continue to work hard to mitigate any impact, it has meant that we are unable to process repairs as quickly as normal.

However… good news is on the horizon. We are working hard to process the repairs we currently have in house; once that work is complete, we will be getting in touch with those waiting to send their cameras back in for service/repair. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten anyone and will contact you as soon as possible to arrange your return.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our website and we’ll do our best to help. We are hugely grateful for your patience at the moment and look forward to helping you all as soon as possible,

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