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by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Setting up Pulse Guiding with EQMOD
Replies: 7
Views: 3024

Re: Setting up Pulse Guiding with EQMOD

Thanks for giving it a second chance Rowland, I appreciate it. the dead giveaway of guider issues is the amount of motion between guider calibration steps. If it something like 1 or 2 pixels of motion, something is preventing PRISM from actually moving the mount. I had an EQ8 and ran beautifully wit...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Setting up Pulse Guiding with EQMOD
Replies: 7
Views: 3024

Re: Setting up Pulse Guiding with EQMOD

Hi Rowland and welcome to the family. I would like to point out that I appreciate it very much how you answered your question. I will put notes in red below: Calibration parameters - I have tried with 10 and 20 seconds: http://tourstar.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cal-params.jpg I suspect that the...
by Hamza Touhami
Tue Jul 03, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: What do the colors mean on camera panels?
Replies: 1
Views: 1760

Re: What do the colors mean on camera panels?

it is a way to distinguish which is Camera 1 and 2.
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

the information in this thread has been forwarded, thanks for passing it along.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:29 am
Forum: Science
Topic: Image orientation on opening
Replies: 2
Views: 2046

Re: Image orientation on opening

I am assuming you are using the automatic observation to capture these images?
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Processing
Topic: Saving a sequence of files
Replies: 2
Views: 1916

Re: Saving a sequence of files

It sounds like a folder permission problem, are you trying to save over a network ?
by Hamza Touhami
Sat Jun 30, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

I will contact you offline.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

correct, if you use PRISM to calculate the geometry then you need to zero out the same geometry field in POTH and vice versa. Give it a try and report back please.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:20 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

Are the geometry settings set in both PRISM and POTH? if so, it'll never work as the correction are doubled up. Can you please verify?
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

Can you please post an actual image of the dome setup in PRISM and POTH please? I think this can be resolved easily.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

Ron If equipment does not work, it hardly the software's problem in most cases. User error is a huge factor wether it be knowingly or not. There are a few very advanced amateurs that discovered comets and asteroids using the same PRISM you have without a hitch. There is nothing special about it at a...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Suggest New Tutorial Topics
Replies: 21
Views: 34844

Re: Suggest New Tutorial Topics

Excellent suggestion Dick and I thank you for that, I will reach out to him, he is an excellent gentleman.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

Glad you're loving it Ron, I appreciate all the feedback
by Hamza Touhami
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Connecting guide camera SX lodestar
Replies: 2
Views: 2035

Re: Connecting guide camera SX lodestar

what does ASCOM say when you try and connect it that way? can you ensure your reinstalled the driver after the wipe.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Skychart - Setup menu
Replies: 4
Views: 3442

Re: Skychart - Setup menu

you need to go to settings > Default observing site and make sure it is set up right for your location. The skychart needs to match the main software's time and date otherwise you risk destroying your equipment. Other software won't even give you this warning.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: PRISM unlock USB
Replies: 2
Views: 2310

Re: PRISM unlock USB

Thanks, it will be fixed.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

if your registry is broken, it might cause a lot of problems.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

it is quite a problem to delete files it "thinks" are viruses when we scan PRISM with 70 different antivirus programs ourselves and it comes out clean, of course
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 5:07 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: How do I interface the cloudwatcher?
Replies: 4
Views: 2362

Re: How do I interface the cloudwatcher?

the best way to get it connected is to choose the second option from the chooser and then select "COM/ ActiveX interface". PRISM will find it automatically and connect to it.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

your rectangle is fine and that should calibrate correctly. typically, when the circles join at the end means that your system is calibrated properly and you have minimal backlash
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

Ron wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:20 pm
you didn't read or answer anything I asked = ( I didn't ask about a crash.
Thats ok, I've worn out my welcome. = (
incorrect.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

All your issues I will address and more, I just don't want this forum to stray like other ones do. I would like to stay objective so I can help you the most efficient way. I even offer remote help when people need it. You are more welcome here than anywhere else, I appreciate the lengthy reports and...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

when a crash happens, the skychart that opens is the default one. All you have to do is close that one and open a new one.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Science
Topic: GAIA DR2 astrometry
Replies: 1
Views: 1833

Re: GAIA DR2 astrometry

Hi Dick

you bet, it is on the todo list for PRISN 11.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Dome "rotating" issue
Replies: 26
Views: 7051

Re: Dome "rotating" issue

PRISm is reading what your driver is telling it. If you tell PRISM to park your dome North, it will do just that: tell your driver to go North. Please enable the log and post it here of the action happening.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Processing
Topic: Upload Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 2096

Re: Upload Possible?

hope I am not misunderstanding, you can just open the file using CTRL+O and then select all of them if you wish. this is how to "open" files in PRISM
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: How do I interface the cloudwatcher?
Replies: 4
Views: 2362

Re: How do I interface the cloudwatcher?

please post a screenshot on how you set up the cloud watcher in the hardware section.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: wow man - frustrating
Replies: 1
Views: 1763

Re: wow man - frustrating

Your software time and date need to match your sky charts time and date, I have explained this very well in my videos. There is nothing wrong with PRISM. Also, you need to consolidate your posts to only talk about the thread your created for them. If I didn't hate SGP so much I'd have given up long ...
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: This guiding any good?
Replies: 3
Views: 2065

Re: This guiding any good?

well done Ron, you are up and guiding. that guiding is good since the most important numbers are the RMS in the calibration window. You can can change aggressiveness on the fly in there as well in the controls tab.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Processing
Topic: Upload Possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 2096

Re: Upload Possible?

if they are fits, then yes they will import correctly.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

who you get the resulting parallelogram from the calibration step, please post an image here as well as the table that shows the direction and distance.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: How do you define a RT horizon profile?
Replies: 8
Views: 3376

Re: How do you define a RT horizon profile?

yes save as default and it will restart the same way every time.
by Hamza Touhami
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: GHOST TOWN? anyone use this program or forum?
Replies: 2
Views: 1945

Re: GHOST TOWN? anyone use this program or forum?

people are too busy imaging Ron, this is a good thing.
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Skychart
Topic: How do you define a RT horizon profile?
Replies: 8
Views: 3376

Re: How do you define a RT horizon profile?

well, it looks like you got it. the second number is altitude, 0 is north and 90 is straight up
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:09 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: APCC Pro, ASCOM AP Driver, Prism Advanced with an AP Mount -
Replies: 5
Views: 2692

Re: APCC Pro, ASCOM AP Driver, Prism Advanced with an AP Mount -

enabling logging in the POTH driver is a good idea to see what is happening
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Some setup issues...?
Replies: 14
Views: 4366

Re: Some setup issues...?

1. It is sometimes "evident" PRISM is doing something wrong but it almost is never the case. In doubt, use the POTH driver and enable logging to see exactly what is going on with your dome controller. 2. If your steps come out around less than 1 pixel that probably means you setup your guiding ST4 w...
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Hello - new user ... questions and comments so far
Replies: 14
Views: 4258

Re: Hello - new user - is are images so contrasty/low bit?

just adjust the high and low cuts until you find the setting you like, those numbers can be changed
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Hello - new user ... questions and comments so far
Replies: 14
Views: 4258

Re: Hello - new user - is are images so contrasty/low bit?

Hi Ron and welcome to the family PRISM is a different program from pretty much everything you have used so far and you need to get acclimated as anything else in life. 1. For the display of your images, PRISM uses "cutoffs", you can set it up here: Settings > software settings > Image display > Stel...
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Auto-guiding questions
Replies: 1
Views: 1739

Re: Auto-guiding questions

1) No, the successful calibration is kept until it is replaced by another successful one 2) No. Make sure you are sufficient exposure length to get bright stars in the frame, it is dark enough as well as enough calibration time for Ra and Dec. I don't suspect anything has changed on PRISM's side if ...
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: scripting
Topic: script manual format?
Replies: 5
Views: 4046

Re: script manual format?

Let me see if I can upload a PDF version, check the downloads sections of the site periodically or I'll just announce here
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: scripting
Topic: script manual format?
Replies: 5
Views: 4046

Re: script manual format?

it is available in the downloads section of the main site here: https://www.hyperion-astronomy.com/pages/contact-1
by Hamza Touhami
Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QHY 174M-GPS Issues
Replies: 9
Views: 3349

Re: QHY 174M-GPS Issues

Hello Steve, We did take a look at the logs and it seems that it is a feature to be implemented. However, I have added a USB GPS to my system and PRISM can actually adjust your PC's time to the exact time every so many seconds. My question is as follows: will this be accurate enough for your applica...
by Hamza Touhami
Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: DPP applied on file open or image download - how to turn off?
Replies: 1
Views: 1723

Re: DPP applied on file open or image download - how to turn off?

Hi Lukas

It is actually not DDP so your data is not "stretched", it is just high and low cutoffs that you can control in the settings. It is here: Settings > Software settings > Image display.
You can experiment with this until you find the best display settings that you like
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: 10Micron mount modeling?
Replies: 9
Views: 3566

Re: 10Micron mount modeling?

How is you progress with modeling your 10micron Mount with PRISM? I would like your input for future reference for our users.
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Guider Calibration Fails
Replies: 6
Views: 2709

Re: Guider Calibration Fails

from the looks of it, one of these axes is reversed. I say this because you are supposed to come back to the original location. Let me investigate a little further.
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Switching activations?
Replies: 10
Views: 3754

Re: Switching activations?

Welcome to the forum. PRISM comes with two main activations to begin with to safeguard our investment against abuse, and it has happened. For extra computer, we offer a USB activation on the website you can purchase to take with you if you wish. Whichever computer you plug it into, activates PRISM a...
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Temperature compensation for Auto focusing
Replies: 3
Views: 2255

Re: Temperature compensation for Auto focusing

If you tell PRISM what the actual temperature chance is in steps over how many degrees, I can manage this for you. However, if you have your driver do this, it is not advised to enter it in PRISM as well. As for refocus on temp change in the automatic observation, this function is not available at t...
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:29 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: possible bug
Replies: 10
Views: 3610

Re: possible bug

Dave It does happen that a problem is temporary, I have the example of a bad ASCOM driver for the filterwheel where you end up with 40 filters instead of the 7 I have. This is not something that we can help with since it is outside the scope of PRISM. Has anybody else have the same issue on the net ...
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Nikon NEF raw file
Replies: 1
Views: 1712

Re: Nikon NEF raw file

sorry about the late response. Nikon support is planned for a future release and PRISM typically handles raw DSLR formats natively. NIKON file formats can be utilized in PRISM to be processed for example
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Telescope Control
Replies: 4
Views: 2435

Re: Telescope Control

Glad to help, now share your images with us :D
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Autoguide calibration failure
Replies: 1
Views: 1742

Re: Autoguide calibration failure

typically it is Dec backlash that causes problems, guider calibration is quite straightforward and can only be done one time unless you rotate or change your guider. Just increase the calibration time in Dec and you should be fine. set the RA calibration to 10 seconds and dec to 20.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Telescope Control
Replies: 4
Views: 2435

Re: Telescope Control

You can set it with the mount connected in the Mount control window when it opens. After you do that, go to settings > software setup management > save software setup to database registry . This will save all your settings.
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 29, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: possible bug
Replies: 10
Views: 3610

Re: possible bug

That seems iike an ASCOM problem, PRISM can only read what it is provided. One example of this that my own atik EF3 filterwheel displays, sometimes, 40 filters whereas I only have 7. Can you please reinstall ASCOM and see if it helps.
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 29, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: possible bug
Replies: 10
Views: 3610

Re: possible bug

Please give us some visuals to go on, screenshots would be best.
by Hamza Touhami
Sat May 26, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Guider Calibration Fails
Replies: 6
Views: 2709

Re: Guider Calibration Fails

please provide some screenshots of your guider settings and the calibration output image showing the parallelogram. Thanks
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 23, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QHY 174M-GPS Issues
Replies: 9
Views: 3349

Re: QHY 174M-GPS Issues

I don't see the attached file Steve, can you just send it to me to hyperion.astronomy@gmail.com instead? Also, after speaking with Cyril about this, he did clarify that ASCOM might not have the GPS property in it, can you please run the camera using its native driver. Under hardware, choose QHY inst...
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 23, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: post-update issues
Topic: Virus detected in update?
Replies: 4
Views: 2472

Re: Virus detected in update?

Vikrant is correct, make sure PRSIM's main folders are in your scanner's exemption list. As these virus scanners update their databases, a few files get flagged as harmful but these are falls positives as you said. We scan PRISM with 70 scanners and it comes back clean ( of course it does :D )
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 20, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QHY 174M-GPS Issues
Replies: 9
Views: 3349

Re: QHY 174M-GPS Issues

Hi Steve. In this instance we will need the log file of your session, you can activate this by going to observatory then log file. Just enable the log file by check in the box at the top left. Restart Prism and go through the steps just like you would normally then shut down present. Your log files ...
by Hamza Touhami
Sat May 19, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Auto Focus help
Replies: 1
Views: 1778

Re: Auto Focus help

I need screenshots and the automatic observation log, it does sound like a centroiding error.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu May 17, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Automatic platesolve error
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

Re: Automatic platesolve error

Hi. PRISM only uses filter offsets because it is the most efficient way to focus. Customers with 3nm Ha filters and the like might find it difficult to focus.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 16, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Automatic platesolve error
Replies: 4
Views: 2402

Re: Automatic platesolve error

it can fail for a whole slew of reasons including ( but not limited to) : stars are too big, seeing is horrible, you're further than 5 degrees from the reported Ra and Dec. It is great that astrometry.net was designed as a failover ;)
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 15, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Automated observation - working! (But some Qns)
Replies: 2
Views: 2229

Re: Automated observation - working! (But some Qns)

Awesome report Kevin, kepp them coming. To your questions: 1. That only applied to actual targets. SAy you pick on that sets before another one rises, PRISM is asking what you want to do here. Stopping tracking is the best avenue. 2. The guide exposure is decided when you choose your targets, there ...
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 15, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Skychart
Topic: Import Observation List
Replies: 6
Views: 2935

Re: Import Observation List

You're correct, it is a matter of having the right format. How big is this list?
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 15, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: 10Micron mount modeling?
Replies: 9
Views: 3566

Re: 10Micron mount modeling?

Hi Mike and thanks for joining us 1. PRISM can model 10micron mount natively if you put them in "learn" mode. Unfortunately, I cannot produce a video tutorial about is since I do not have access to a 10Micron myself. We have not undated the documentation to reflect these new features, but will. As f...
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 13, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: dithering (RESOLVED)
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: dithering

The truth of the matter is, when you write over a million lines of code, you are bound to overlook a thing or two. This is where our users become invaluable. Thanks for pointing that out, I will take note of it ;) .
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 13, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: dithering (RESOLVED)
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: dithering

Verbiage can enhanced, but you get the concept.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 13, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism

It is normal that the EQMOD confirms what we advanced since it is what is a happening here. PRISM pulls the different speeds from your mount's driver, these need to be set there. If 800x causes the noise, try lowering it. This goes for all other speeds you can adjust.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 13, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Files size is double of what it is in SGPro
Replies: 2
Views: 2025

Re: Files size is double of what it is in SGPro

There are multiple options in PRISM of course, here are some screenshots. This is a graphical comparison what different formats produce: File comparison 16 and 32.PNG These are the menus where you can find them and use what you like. FITS or CPA.PNG Refine your selection here. FITS saving.PNG Natura...
by Hamza Touhami
Sun May 13, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Taking Flats
Replies: 5
Views: 2855

Re: Taking Flats

The actual process is automatic: Point your telescope to your EL panel and use Observatory > capture calibration images > flats . Tell PRISM what you want to do and it will figure the rest out. The process is similar in automatic observation but using sky flats instead.
by Hamza Touhami
Sat May 12, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QHY 174M-GPS Issues
Replies: 9
Views: 3349

Re: QHY 174M-GPS Issues

Hi Steve and thanks for joining us, it was a pleasure chatting with you at NEAF

Can you send us sample images with good FTIS headers so we can open them and inspect what's going on?

Thanks
by Hamza Touhami
Fri May 11, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism

very good points wolf, the problem cannot possibly generate from PRISM as I pointed out and you found out. About the port issue, I will investigate further and report back.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri May 11, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Announcements
Topic: PRISM unlock USB
Replies: 2
Views: 2310

PRISM unlock USB

Hi all We are introducing the new PRISM unlock dongle, a thumbdrive equipped with a processor on board to unlock computer in any computer you choose to install it on. This is the perfect solution for people with offline computer or no access to the internet. We will load your license onto this devic...
by Hamza Touhami
Fri May 11, 2018 9:29 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: dithering (RESOLVED)
Replies: 5
Views: 2578

Re: dithering

The image to the left is exactly where you set you dithering for the automatic observation and the one to the right is where you set it for the manual obs. PRISM waits for the exposure to end, dither ( intentionally introduce and error) then wait for the star to settle and resume imaging. "only if n...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu May 10, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism

Please post a video here so we can see what is going on. I have had an EQ8 myself on NM and operate it remotely for months and have not seen this behavior.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu May 10, 2018 4:08 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism

I must interject here, The only thing prism is doing is tell ASCOM what to do, that is it. If you wish to slew to M20, PRISM will tell ASCOM to slew to those coordinates and EQASCOM takes it from there. PRISM does not talk directly to your mount, it does not talk directly to ANY mount for that matte...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu May 10, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Direct focus plate solve
Replies: 28
Views: 8029

Re: Direct focus plate solve

Thanks Kevin, we are testing this as I have a new operational observatory today. I will keep everyone posted.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 09, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Taking Flats
Replies: 5
Views: 2855

Re: Taking Flats

Taking flats is an automatic process to capture the best ones for your system. Knowing what your linear range is, PRISM will capture them for you automatically. it is under Observatory > Capture calibration images > Flat. The automatic observation has the same mechanism but is designed to take sky f...
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 08, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Updating without internet and temp settings
Replies: 2
Views: 1985

Re: Updating without internet and temp settings

Very good questions indeed. One way to do this is to install PRISM on a computer that does have internet then copy Prism.exe and Prism.enu to the offline computer and just replace the files in C:\Program Files (x86)\PRiSM v10. As for the C vs F, Not that I know of. I have to ask, is this really that...
by Hamza Touhami
Fri May 04, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism
Replies: 14
Views: 5061

Re: Eq8 terrible noise when slew with prism

I agree wtih Vikrant, I used an HDX110 (EQ8) for months with great results using EQMOD and an EQDIR cable. If you need further help, just let us know.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri May 04, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Selecting For Paramount
Replies: 3
Views: 2241

Re: Selecting For Paramount

good morning Hank

Can you please share your findings with us? I am sure someone else can benefit. Also, I have my new observatory up and running and I can make demos on how PRISM can interact with Paramounts. So far, no issue.

Thanks
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 02, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

Which I have done. Since I plate solve the images, I get the focal length etc. which I have entered manually. It's just that this took me a while to figure out. Presumably the developer was trying to eliminate that energy barrier with the "get data from plate-solved image," so it would be nice if i...
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 02, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

Having a 1 mm difference falls within the centroid and star catalog uncertainty :) , it is nothing to worry about to be honest.
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 02, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New forum layout
Replies: 0
Views: 2491

New forum layout

Hello

I have updated the forum with a beautiful new theme that I hope you will enjoy. Keep in mind that all the previous functionality is exactly the same, just prettier.

Enjoy!
by Hamza Touhami
Wed May 02, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Suggest New Tutorial Topics
Replies: 21
Views: 34844

Re: Suggest New Tutorial Topics

I expected a little more movement in this thread but I guess spectro takes the crown. Our new observatory is nearing completion and I think that a lot more video tutorials will be produced.
by Hamza Touhami
Tue May 01, 2018 12:47 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Flip Flat
Replies: 3
Views: 2164

Re: Flip Flat

Hi Russ You can execute a script at the end of the automatic observation to do just that, we offer a way to do this at the end of the session. However, our roadmap includes a few very exciting features to make the user experience that much greater. In the meantime, you can just use the flat field ac...
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

understood, I have your images and we will examine this. One thing to note: you could very easily enter this information about your imaging train manually when you setup the cameras, focal length being of cardinal importance here.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

and no, having an OSC or mono has no effect on this, it is simply trying to say that the fits headers and the equipment you're trying to set are different. If they are the same and you get the error anyway, it would be a bug that needs to be resolved.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

Alright, that explains PRISM's behavior then. It is trying to tell you that the image was taken from a camera that is different than the model/make you are setting up. I am assuming this is the case?
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

Good morning Please accept my apologies, I am having major issues with this forum's notification system. We are doing something about this and will be greatly improved very soon. First, I have successfully plate solved all three just now and PRISM finds over 20,000 stars in the images. What is the s...
by Hamza Touhami
Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Clients Area on website
Replies: 2
Views: 2128

Re: Clients Area on website

I can't seem to log in to the "clients" area, getting a message that I'm awaiting approval by the website manager. I paid for Prism on 1 April 2018, and received my license key in an email from Hamza that day. Good morning Sorry about he delay. Between preparing and traveling to NEAIC/NEAF, it has ...
by Hamza Touhami
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: PrimaLuce focuser problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2240

Re: PrimaLuce focuser problem

I will reach out by email tonight to arrange a one one one to resolve this issue.
by Hamza Touhami
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: PrimaLuce focuser problem
Replies: 3
Views: 2240

Re: PrimaLuce focuser problem

Brent I need some screenshots from the hardware setup window where you tell PRISM about the parameters of your focuser when you choose it. Also, when you select the driver and then press the properties button in the ASCOM selector, I'd like a screenshot of that as well. I think the driver itself is ...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: setting up Prism
Topic: Getting camera parameters from plate solve
Replies: 14
Views: 4639

Re: Getting camera parameters from plate solve

Hi, Please upload these files to a file sharing system and give me a link please. I will try on my end.
by Hamza Touhami
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Results with PRISM
Topic: M83: The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy
Replies: 0
Views: 2626

M83: The Southern Pinwheel Galaxy

Messier 83 (M83), also known as the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy, is a barred spiral galaxy located in the southern constellation Hydra. M83 lies at a distance of 15.21 million light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 7.54. It has the designation NGC 5236 in the New General Catalogue. The...
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: [SOLVED]Plate Solve Plug-in?
Replies: 5
Views: 2828

Re: Plate Solve Plug-in?

Wayne, you are correct and I fixed it. It does work now.
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: [SOLVED]Plate Solve Plug-in?
Replies: 5
Views: 2828

Re: Plate Solve Plug-in?

Yes, the catalog installer from Andy Galasso can find the catalog files as long as you point the software to it them. For the plugin, please use this link : http://dl.hyperion-astronomy.com/Astrom ... 017%29.exe
by Hamza Touhami
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Setting up on 2 Computers
Replies: 2
Views: 1903

Re: Setting up on 2 Computers

Hello Wayne,

Yes you can, every PRISM license comes with 2 activations. The idea is that one is for a capture and the other for a processing computer.
by Hamza Touhami
Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Tutorials
Topic: Hamza Rocks!
Replies: 3
Views: 2169

Re: Hamza Rocks!

that was just for you Hank :D and you are very welcome. Please ask all the questions you want and I will try my best to answer them.
by Hamza Touhami
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Getting started
Topic: Switching activations?
Replies: 10
Views: 3754

Re: Switching activations?

You are very welcome, now share your results with us ;) !