Re: NexImage newbie - returning to the hobby
- I am no expert, but...
The reducer lens will only help you with the sun or moon, for the most part, as it basically acts like a reverse barlow. I read somewhere the camera acts as 5 mm eyepiece (very narrow field of view) so the reducer more or less makes it a 10 mm. Wider field, less magnification.
I do just fine using AmCap and Registax on Windows 7. A drawback - if and when you decide to perform the RAW mod (makes for excellent images of Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn but not so good for the sun, moon, or Venus) you cannot perform the mod or toggle back and forth between RAW mod and regular, compressed-data camera using Windows 7. The RAW mod MUST be done in XP or earlier. Huge pain is the a** for me - I keep an old laptop just with the RAW mod macros on it that runs XP.
Stay away from the diagonal if you can.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "aviegas1" <aviegas1@...> wrote:
> I bought a NexImage probably 4 years ago, I am not sure. I think I took it out of the box, installed the software and never used it again. Now I find myself getting back into visual astronomy (just bought a new C11) and I find the NexImage box in the corner. So I thought to myself, before I go out and spend money on new CCD or DSLR or what have you, maybe I should dust this off and see what I can get from it.
> What advice can anyone provide regarding, new firmware, stacking software and or other control/image processing software that has come out and could be better for the use of this product? Can i use Win 7/Vista or should I stick with XP? Should I use the NexImage with a F/6.3 reducer? And do you recommend using it straight through the visual back or with a Diagonal?
> Thank you in advance for answering my newbie questions!