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NGC/IC Project / Re: Corrected NGC v0 online
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:59:04 AM »
I think trying to implement Astrometry on the web server is a bit ambitious for now.   The current graphics are all static JPG files, and I think our initial goal should be to get back to the level of content that the old site had, all the background material and such.

TAC Imaging / Re: Lunar imaging question
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:18:47 PM »
I'd just adjust one factor, the gain, at least until you run into some sort of limitation....   lowering gain shouldn't increase noise, which is your biggest enemy.

TAC Imaging / Re: Lunar imaging question
« on: April 26, 2017, 03:08:49 PM »
1/200th is 5 milliseconds (1/200 = 0.005)

of course, I have no idea how to correlate your "gain" setting to ISO.

TAC Imaging / Re: Lunar imaging question
« on: April 26, 2017, 02:40:12 PM »
using a regular (DSLR) camera, I've based my lunar exposures on daylight. good old 'sunny 16' rule,   shutter speed == ISO at f/16.    f/10 (your C8) is about 1 stop faster than f/11, so if you're using ISO 100 equivalent, then try 1/200th.

NGC/IC Project / Corrected NGC v0 online
« on: April 26, 2017, 12:56:03 PM »
I've crudely organized the raw NGC html files I got from Akarsh in folders per 100, and put them up here,  so at least there's SOMETHING here.

So who has the IC data?

NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 25, 2017, 04:24:19 PM »
I'd prefer the people with server access all be locals known to us long timers, vs who knows who from cloudy nights.

NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 25, 2017, 01:04:02 PM »
so who's good with web scripting?      we need someone to take point on building a simple framework for the ngcicproject website.

the server is centos 6, can run php, perl, python, and I can probably setup most anything else, but I'd prefer any development is in something relatively mainstream and not new wave stuff like node.js or ruby, so I don't need to learn a new language to fix it.    I personally would prefer using a postgresql database, but I can manage mysql too.   I should be able to take the raw notes and munge them into database format, if you want to go that way, or just run with static .html files for each object, whatever.

you can probably pull a lot of the static text off here,

I already have .htm files with images for the entire NGC catalog courtesy of Akarsh, and hope to cobble up a lookup page for that in the next day or so.

NGC/IC Project / Re: NGC/IC Project
« on: April 24, 2017, 04:13:15 PM »

I got these from Arkash aka kstars, but he only had the NGC not the IC files.

NGC/IC Project / NGC/IC Project
« on: April 24, 2017, 02:48:22 PM »
The long running website almost was lost forever when the original website owner passed away.  We are in the process of pulling together the pieces and recreating it.

This forum section is for discussions related to the process of resurrecting and restoring this valuable astronomy resource, and ongoing maintenance once its back in place.

Equipment Discussions / new toys
« on: April 19, 2017, 11:50:40 AM »

(new ones being the 18 and 24)

now I guess we get bad weather inspite of the forecast?

Equipment Discussions / Re: acquired a celestron ci700 (losmandy g11)
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:54:23 AM »
So this tripod doesn't have any sort of way to level it short of shims under the legs.   Asked my friend for advise, and he came up with this, courtesy of his 3D printer...

now if itw ill just stop raining :-p

TAC Imaging / A question for you DSLR imagers...
« on: April 07, 2017, 05:28:22 PM »
About to dive back into DSLR astrophotography, initially using my 80 f/11 on a losmandy made CI-700 (yeah, overkill!)...    will be using my Windows laptop to handle autoguiding via phd2, yada yada.    Wondering whats the SW of choice for Canon DSLR management, is it still BackyardEOS ?

Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: March 30, 2017, 03:04:08 PM »
gotta say, those *were* some of the funkiest and most beat up portapotties I've ever seen.

Annual Star Parties / Re: Lake San Antonio reopens!
« on: March 30, 2017, 02:12:45 PM »
k... I was just curious.

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