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by spectrasouth
Thu Apr 30, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Moving Prism to a different computer
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Re: Moving Prism to a different computer

Hi Hamza, I was not aware of the method of transferring tokens, or that we are allowed three copies installed ... thought it was only two. Anyway, I've now been able to transfer one installation between computers and add a third ... one each in my two observatories and one on the 'processing' deskto...
by spectrasouth
Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:53 am
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Moving Prism to a different computer
Replies: 2
Views: 709

Moving Prism to a different computer

I recently needed to replace my city observatory PC (Win7) with a newer PC (Win10) and as I already have two copies of Prism 10 installed (one each in my city and rural observatories) I need to 'move' Prism from my old city PC to the new one. How can I do this? I have sent two emails on this topic w...
by spectrasouth
Thu Apr 16, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: post-update issues
Topic: Problems following 10.4.0.516 update
Replies: 1
Views: 494

Problems following 10.4.0.516 update

I just updated from 10.3.65.505 to 10.4.0.516 and encounter the following problem with my QHY22 camera's recorded FITS files: With the previous version the file size was 2758 x 2208 but with the latest update it has changed to 2752 x 2208, which makes the files incompatible with files recorded with ...
by spectrasouth
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Frequently Asked Questions
Topic: Prism upgrade costs
Replies: 0
Views: 2122

Prism upgrade costs

Maybe Hyperion isn't willing to comment but why does it cost so much to upgrade from Prism Pro to Advanced? With the current sale prices there is a $151 difference between Pro and Advanced, but the upgrade costs $180, which doesn't look very fair of logical to me, as it is penalising existing users....
by spectrasouth
Tue Sep 24, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Twin ZWO camera operation possible?
Replies: 2
Views: 1599

Twin ZWO camera operation possible?

I intend also asking this on the ZWO Support forum but maybe you already know the answer to the following question: Is it possible to run both a ASI174MM Mini (using ASCOM) and a ASI174MM (using Direct Show) simultaneously with PRISM Pro? While physically different both cameras are electronically th...
by spectrasouth
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:06 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: 'Search for' not finding objects
Replies: 2
Views: 1921

'Search for' not finding objects

The AAVSO has just put out a bulletin on V694 Mon and when I ask Prism to search for it the star is not found. I have made sure that the Variable star GCSV catalog has been selected. Also, when I click the 'CDS info (web)' button CDS says it cannot find 'V694'. Of course CDS does find that target wh...
by spectrasouth
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Observatory altitude value
Replies: 2
Views: 1496

Re: Observatory altitude value

This is where I changed my observatory's altitude value. I then clicked Default, which I understand saves it as the default value, the OK, then reloaded Sky Chart Setup … value back to 0.

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Objects not centering
Replies: 1
Views: 1342

Objects not centering

Why is it that the centering function does not centre the selected object at higher zoom values?
As an example, trying to centre NGC4993 (centre of DSS plate) in the attached image shows the best I can achieve.

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:47 am
Forum: Skychart
Topic: UCAC4 installation
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

Re: UCAC4 installation

Answering my own question, I was able to install it by placing a 'UCAC4' folder containing all, and only, the z001, z002 … z900 files into the main Prism folder.

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:42 am
Forum: Skychart
Topic: UCAC4 installation
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

UCAC4 installation

I would like to install UCAC4, which I have on a two-sided DVD, so what do I need to do? I have moved all the files (1500) from the DVD to a temporary 8.5GB folder but which sub-folders or files does Prism actually need and where do I copy them to? The sub-folder I have are shown in the attached ima...
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Observatory altitude value
Replies: 2
Views: 1496

Observatory altitude value

When I try to change the altitude of my observatory it is not memorised, When I go back to the Date & Place or Default Observing Site entries it always reads 0m.

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 09, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Skychart
Topic: ARASbeam Be star list display
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

Re: ARASbeam Be star list display

Hi Cyril, Hamza,

Moving the window around did not have any effect for me but maximizing/un-maximizing the window did 'solve' the problem. Thanks for the temporary fix.

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Sun Sep 08, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: ARASbeam Be star list display
Replies: 3
Views: 1906

ARASbeam Be star list display

Be list.jpg Following Olivier Thizy's instructions/blog I have downloaded the ARASBeam Be star list and managed to have the stars display on Skychart. The problem I have is that none of the catalog data shows in the download window (which it does in Olivier's demo) and the list number does not show...
by spectrasouth
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Spectrograph functions help
Replies: 2
Views: 1671

Spectrograph functions help

Where can I find the Help information for the Spectrograph 'pull-down' commands menu?
I have done a 'Local Help' search with spectroscopy related words and hardly anything appears.
by spectrasouth
Sun Jan 20, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Camera setup error
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: Camera setup error

To say I'm unimpressed by the level of support I am receiving for this problem, which has stopped me using camera #1 for nearly two weeks, is an understatement!
I can't believe or accept that you can't tell me how to clear the camera blockage. Do I need to reinstall Prism?
by spectrasouth
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Camera setup error
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: Camera setup error

I forgot to include the log file.

As I wasn't able to add this file using the .log file extension I've renamed it log.txt.
by spectrasouth
Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Camera setup error
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: Camera setup error

Here is an image of what happens whenever I click Setup for camera #1.

As this problem stops me from using this camera I consider it a major and urgent software problem.
by spectrasouth
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:30 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Camera setup error
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Camera setup error

While setting up a DSI III as Cam #1 (Settings/Hardware/Cameras/Setup) I entered one or both of the Gain and Offset values outside of the listed drop-down range. This resulted in an error message box saying "Range check error". The problem is that I cannot get back into Setup to correct this as ever...
by spectrasouth
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:59 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: How to search for an object
Replies: 2
Views: 1825

How to search for an object

I'm just starting to learn how this program works and have not had a problem, until now. I am not having much success finding objects using the 'Search for an object' icon (binoculars). For example, the star Alp Eri is clearly visible in the Sky chart but entering that name in the search box results...
by spectrasouth
Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Cardinal points
Replies: 9
Views: 3303

Re: Cardinal points

Thanks for the heads up on your 'centre-zoom' method, which is excellent. Now I just need to break my old habits and adopt new ones ... not easy at my age!

The latest (15 Sept) update placing the four cardinal points on the toolbar (among many other changes) is a great help :)

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Cardinal points
Replies: 9
Views: 3303

Re: Cardinal points

While you can use the mouse to click and shift the map view is not 'live', or real time, as in Patrick's other brilliant CdC (or in TheSky), i.e., the mouse creates an arrow that will show the direction and amount of map view change that will happen next. The fact that the map view doesn't change as...
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Graphic display
Replies: 2
Views: 2200

Re: Graphic display

Hi Cyril,

Thanks for pointing out that function, which looks very good and is probably more than I need. Is there any way to retain, on screen, the selected window outline?

Regards,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Graphic display
Replies: 2
Views: 2200

Graphic display

I made the following comment and question in my reply to an earlier post from Olivier Thizy relating to spectroscopy. As it was probably posted to the wrong section, I raise it here again: I've not yet used Prism in a 'live' situation, as I'm still trying to learn its capabilities, but I am impresse...
by spectrasouth
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:31 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Spectrograph functions help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: Spectrograph functions help needed

Hi Olivier, Many thanks for your considerable explanations on the spectroscopy functions ... much appreciated. It is your enthusiasm, on your blog site, that has steered me to look at Prism. I've not yet used Prism in a 'live' situation, as I'm still trying to learn its capabilities, but I am impres...
by spectrasouth
Tue Aug 29, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: FIT image display problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2064

Re: FIT image display problem

My silly mistake ... I was looking at the number of grey levels, not the number of ADU!

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:47 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Spectrograph functions help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Re: Spectrograph functions help needed

No help with this question??

Bernard
by spectrasouth
Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: FIT image display problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2064

FIT image display problem

Why is it that when I open a FIT image that had data covering the full ~65K ADU 16 bit range the image I see onscreen has saturation value of 255 ADU (8 bit)?

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Spectrograph functions help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2597

Spectrograph functions help needed

My astro imaging interest is 100% spectroscopy so I am very interested to learn more about how PRISM can help me, especially autoguiding on a slit. So far I have not been able to find any info or Help topics relating to the 'Spectrograph' tab heading contents. As mentioned, I do a lot of autoguiding...
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Switching setup configurations
Replies: 4
Views: 2184

Re: Switching setup configurations

Excellent ... just what I was hoping to hear!

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Switching setup configurations
Replies: 4
Views: 2184

Re: Switching setup configurations

Hi Hamza, Ok, I can now see how different camera configurations are saved, but is there anyway to save different complete (all hardware, software and Skychart settings) configurations? For example, if I want to use my laptop to run two different observatories (my situation) is there one loadable fil...
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Switching setup configurations
Replies: 4
Views: 2184

Switching setup configurations

Sometimes I need to switch between different cameras or other hardware and software configurations, so is it possible to do this in PRISM?

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: How many PCs can I install PRISM on?
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

Re: How many PCs can I install PRISM on?

Answering my own question, I found the answer in the initial T&C window (surprise, surprise!) ... two computers.
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:19 am
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Cardinal points
Replies: 9
Views: 3303

Re: Cardinal points

Oops! I just discovered how to select a N,S,E or W view... via the right click, Horizon function.

Bernard
by spectrasouth
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: How many PCs can I install PRISM on?
Replies: 3
Views: 2129

How many PCs can I install PRISM on?

This may not be the correct section to post this question in, but how many PCs does the PRISM licence allow me to install PRISM on? I operate two observatories and also do my processing on a different desktop PC, which my current commercial astro progams allow me to do ... only one setup being activ...
by spectrasouth
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:58 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Cardinal points
Replies: 9
Views: 3303

Cardinal points

So far one of my least favourite parts of PRISM is Skychart, mainly because I'm not yet familiar with it and also because I've not found a way to easily (a button click) select which cardinal point of the sky I want to face, i.e. N, S, E or W. Can this be done?

Cheers,
Bernard
by spectrasouth
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:53 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Prism Advanced
Replies: 5
Views: 2699

Re: Prism Advanced

I have just started evaluating Prism via the free period and one of the first questions I have is regarding differences between Pro and Advances versions: what are the Advanced versions 'advanced functions' listed in the webpage comparison table?

Cheers,
Bernard