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Comment by Charles Dunlop on May 26, 2011 at 9:17am
How is everyone setting up their autoguide exposures? Do you allow CCDsoft to select the stars or do you manually do it or allow CCDAP make the selection?
Comment by Charles Dunlop on May 10, 2011 at 10:36am
hey Don, you see the top right where your inbox and stuff are? You see quick add.. dropdown menu, click that and go to photo's, and it'll be self explanatory from there.
Comment by Don Scott on May 10, 2011 at 10:30am
Hi guys, I'm new to this site - still trying to figure out how to add my photo to My Page. I just upgraded to CCDSoft 5.00.205 and I have a Finger Lakes CFW. I went through a tough time because of that, but all seems to be well now. The trick was I had to buy the CCDSoft Camera Plug-ins. Maybe you are all aware of that - I found out the hard way.
Comment by Eddie Trimarchi on March 11, 2011 at 8:57pm
Thanks Marc...I'm glad you like the website. It's been about 14 years in the making!
Comment by Marc Basti on March 11, 2011 at 7:39pm
I had changed over to FITS format when you mentioned it before and that was before I checked out your website. I tell you what Eddie, what ever you suggest-I'm doing. That Milky Way map is one incredible piece of work (the rest of it as well). Thanks, Marc
Comment by Eddie Trimarchi on March 11, 2011 at 6:11pm
Hi Marc,
FITS is definately the way to go for astro imaging. It's the one image format that *all* Astro image processing software support.
It's also the format that Hubble uses and every major observatory in the world. Stick with FITS and you will have the best possibilities when it comes to processing your images.
Comment by Marc Basti on February 27, 2011 at 12:20pm
I see what you mean w/the sbig format-no support. I had never dealt w/fits (tiffs mostly) seems most versatile. Thanks, Marc
Comment by Eddie Trimarchi on February 26, 2011 at 5:09pm
No worries Marc. Not sure if you meant that you are planning to use the SBIG image format ? If that's what you meant, then I would advise against it.

FITS is standard and supported by all of the astro-specific image processing software thats out there.

You will find that only a very few support the SBIG image format. There is really no benefit to using it and the drawback of limited support for the format is a huge one.
Comment by Marc Basti on February 26, 2011 at 5:01pm
Eddie thanks. I figured I needed another piece of software. I'm trying to find one that flows the best w/a sbig camera (format). Marc
Comment by Eddie Trimarchi on February 26, 2011 at 2:23pm
Hi Marc, If you have CCDSoft, you wouldn't use CCDOps at all, except for testing your camera if you have problems with it or are testing it for the first time.

It has some severe limitations for capturing sequences of filtered image. SBIG once mentioned that CCDOps is really a benchmark test program, that can run SBIG cameras through all of their operations, but is not really a fully functioning imaging platform. If you have problems with your camera usign some other application, but it works in CCDOps, then the problem is not the camera.

CCDSoft shines at image capture and I don't think many use it for processing preferring yet another application for that. Personally, I use CCDStack for all major processing, then Photoshop for final processing for output of images to screen or printer.

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