Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

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Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by Hamza Touhami » Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:54 pm

Hello everyone,

You can set up Prism V10 to use a local copy of the relaible Astrometry.net engine(Credit: Andy Galasso) for free, please follow these simple steps:

- Download the installer: http://adgsoftware.com/ansvr/ansvr-setup-0.19.exe
Run the installer
-Click Next or choose an alternate install location:
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-Click Next or choose an alternate Start Menu folder name:
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-Click Next or choose an alternate port number for ansvr:
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-Click Install:
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-Wait for files to extract. The progress bar will look like it is stuck in the middle for a long time. Be patient...
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-Click Finish. You can leave both boxes checked.
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Now you will download the astrometric index files that you need for your setup. Select the files you need and click Start. The files are very large (increasingly so for the narrower FOV indexes) and it can take a very long time to download them.
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-Progress of the download is in a separate window. Close the window if you need to cancel the download. Next time you run the index file downloader, progress will resume where it left off.
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Prism side installation: it is very simple to direct Prism to use the offline engine:
1. Click on the Settings menu on the top bar
2. Click on "Software Settings"
3. Click on the "Astrometry.net" tab
4. Set server type: ANSVR (Local Server)
5. API key: please click on the link at the bottom of the tab or go to: http://nova.astrometry.net to register for your own free key.
6.Open one of your images in Prism, right click on it and choose "Perform image center plate solve with Astrometry.net"
7. Your image will be plate solved using the local engine.

Please let me know if you have any trouble installing this great engine, your comments are always welcome.

Clear skies
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Re: Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by Cyril Cavadore » Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:36 am

Great tuto !
Thanks Hamza!
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Re: Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by jackfd53 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 3:50 pm

Hi...

Any time I try to use Astronmetry.net (locally or on the web) I get this error message...

"Astrometry.Net could not calibrate this image : PLUG-IN-ASCOM.AstrometryNet.Switch is not installed"

Any idea what this is all about? I'd emailed Bob about this before and never really got a satisfactory answer

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Re: Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by Hamza Touhami » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:01 pm

Hello

There is a missing ASCOM component that you can download below, this will fix the issue. Let me know what you find out please.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jjad4x2bwoy5k ... p.zip?dl=1
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Re: Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by DarkSky OnDemand » Sun Aug 27, 2017 6:52 am

Hamza,
This is great information - I did the setup as shown and it works perfectly... Thanks!

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Re: Setting up a local copy of Astrometry.net

Post by Hamza Touhami » Sun Aug 27, 2017 11:12 am

You are welcome Sir, This provides a huge advantage to being perfectly centered in the field with no access to an internet connection. This marvel is here thanks for Andy Galasso, he genius is appreciated by all of us.
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