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CFG47

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Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« on: March 01, 2012, 11:18:02 PM »
Is there a guide anywhere for beginners, just simple stuff like how to capture and what settings to use.  The info on the disc doesn't cover these basics.

thanks

CFG47

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012, 08:00:17 AM »
OK, have worked out how to capture, just need to know what settings to use.


Kaidan

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 07:38:34 PM »
It's highly dependant on so many factors that we cannot help you really.

If there was universal settings that work for every situation, the software wouldn't need any settings at all, right ?
Jeremy Skuza
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Lex

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012, 09:45:25 PM »
Hi,

Indeed Kaidan is right  :-\
There is some many stuff to deal with that it is not possible to use of the shelf settings...
Simply try, there is no danger to break something  ;)

Best

Lex
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hgrant

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 04:03:14 AM »
I have to agree, in as much as there are a lot of users that could be scavenged and asked from online, I am not quite sure it would be that easy to talk to them about you own setup.

The best that they could probably help you with is how their own setup works, but I don't think there would be a more concrete answer beyond that.

There just are too much things to consider and deal with when talking about your very own setup.

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2012, 08:59:51 PM »
CFG47,
  In the interest of making an honest effort to help, here is an example of what I do with my ATIK320e mono camera when shooting Deep Space Objects with Artemis Capture:

Connect all hardware and verify windows recognized everything (always does)
Start PHD Guiding and connect to the guide camera, and mount and start looping frames
Start artemis capture (auto connects to camera)
Open the Exposure window (4th icon from left)
Set exposure to 5sec
Open the Display window (3rd icon from left)
Check the Auto Stretch checkbox
Click the Loop icon (10th icon from left)
You should see a field of at least a few stars
Pick the brightest one, lower the exposure so its not too big and click the SubFrame icon (7th from left)
Make a box with generous space around the star and the double click on the star
Adjust focus until you get the lowest FWMH and highest Brightness values possible
Locate and frame your target, adjusting exposure as necessary, but usually 5sec is enough to frame the object (pro tip: set the BinX to 2 and BinY to =X to brighten the image, just make sure to set the BinX back to 1 before starting the image saves)
Once the target is framed I lock onto a guide star using PHD Guiding and let it calibrate
Once calibrated, stop guiding and loop the images in PHD Guiding again
Do the final framing of your target in Artemis Capture
Turn on guiding in PHD Guiding
Extend the exposure time of Artemis Capture until your brightest star starts to fully saturate (by turning odd the Auto Stretch checkbox and moving both Black and White sliders in the Display window to almost the far right you'll see if your stars are nearly saturated)
When correct exposure is obtained, set the target directory, base file name, and sequence vale to zero
Then click the Autosave icon (2nd from left) and Artemis will start saving images.

This is a rough "how to", but I Hope it helps.
-Jason Melquist
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CFG47

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Re: Beginners Guide for Artemis Capture
« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2012, 10:27:52 PM »
Thanks Jason, I have made a note of all that.  Sorry I have not replied before but I haven't been on this forum for a while.

Thanks

CFG