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Exposure, Gain, and Cooling oh My

Exposure, Gain, and Cooling oh My

So in my ever-evolving journey of Astrophotography, I keep opening new doors and continue to learn more and more about this hobby. It's not just about capturing the stars that make this hobby so exciting or sitting outside enjoying the stars above, it is also about...

Battery Time

Battery Time

So recently I found out about TAAS which is the Albuquerque Astronomical Society. What I didn't realize is we had this group so close to me and even better they have a private observatory about 11 miles from my house! While I am sitting on Bortles scale 3/4 skies in...

EQStarProEQM35 Review

EQStarProEQM35 Review

Update 5/17/2021: Spoke with SkyWatcher and they had me make some adjustments to my mount. They do not recommend users making these adjustments unless it's needed. If you are having weirdness with your mount please contact SkyWatcher, their support is amazing! I still...

SubframeSelector – PixInsight

SubframeSelector – PixInsight

Forward Now that I have a Mono camera I have decided to dive much deeper into my photos and make sure I am getting the best quality image out of my time in the field be it in my backyard or out at the GNTO! In comes, something I have been wanting to learn to do for...

Astro Rig 5.0

Astro Rig 5.0

Forward So I have been contemplating what I want to do with the stars and my rig. I moved from a Nikon D5500 to the ZWO ASI533MC Pro. I took great pictures with them both but even better pictures with the ZWO ASI533MC Pro. One of the things that added a bunch of fun...

ASIAir Pro + Wi-Fi Hack

ASIAir Pro + Wi-Fi Hack

Forward I love my little ASIAIr Pro however l am not keen on the weak password for WI-Fi and not happy they do not let me change it. Today I figure I am just going to modify Wi-Fi name, Wi-Fi password so let's get started making some edits to the ASIAir script using...

Reading ASIAir Pro Log Files

Reading ASIAir Pro Log Files

Forward So I have a new belt drive kit coming for my SkyWatcher EQM-35Pro mount along with the ZWO Off-Axis Guide (OAG), and also the ZWO ASI290MM Mini CMOS Telescope Guide Camera. Before all of the new items arrive I wanted to capture some log data from my previous...

ASIAir Pro + WiFi Adapter

ASIAir Pro + WiFi Adapter

So my Astro Rig is currently offline for the time being as I sold off a bunch of my gear and have a lot more coming in! There will be YouTube videos and website posts to follow. So while I have been offline I wanted to get rid of the secondary Wi-Fi router I had set...

Choices…Choices Everywhere

Choices…Choices Everywhere

So it's been over a month since I posted. Also, a month since I have been able to really capture anything at all due to the nasty weather. I have a handful of subs but maybe 16 subs usable against several objects which is just not enough. It's given me time to really...