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Post by smp » Mon Jan 20, 2020 8:59 pm

Good afternoon,

I was looking for the right place to post a question about anyone doing observing with Night Vision (NV) gear. I also had in the back of my mind posting whether or not anyone was considering one of the new all-in-one systems like Stellina, eVscope and Hiuni (sp?).

I saw the Video Astronomy Forum. There seems to be some posts in there pertaining to EAA. Would this be the right Forum to use?

If so, I suggest a possible Forum name change: perhaps expand the title beyond Video Astronomy to Electronically Assisted Astronomy? That title would encompass Video, near-real-time stacking display for personal or outreach, and also Night Vision.

Just a thought. What do you folks think?

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Post by ARock » Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:35 pm

I remember bringing it up in the early days.
I would even extend it to Observational Astrophotography. EAA has come to mean Near Real Time Viewing, whereas AP with post processing done just to see (fainter) DSOs has different approaches, tradeoffs, equipment than conventional AP, and belongs with EAA rather than conventional AP. Otherwise EAA forums, tend to become Sharpcap forums. Also, I have noticed in other places there is some tension between NV folks and traditional EAA folks and calls to separate out the two.
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Post by Gordon » Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:27 pm

Unfortunately the forum's software doesn't always work the way we hope it will. By doing some digging you can find that we did consider how to title "Video Astronomy". However, it's not visible until you get to a certain spot in the search.

Here's a screenshot of what I mean.
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So basically to answer your question, the "Video Astronomy" forum would be the correct location.
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Post by a100171 » Sun Feb 23, 2020 3:10 am

I bit the bullet and bought a Stellina. I set it up tonight, though it is now a little below the recommended minimum temperature now. I am grabbing a 30-minute (if it stays clear) of the Crab Nebula now.

Not something to replace a good AP setup, but I just haven't managed to get out there much (particularly while nursing a knee injury).

Some pretty good results. Not the most stable thing, but it compensates pretty good. 10-second exposures, live-stacked. It is an 80mm doublet ED I believe. It might be good for certain outreach events, but I am not sure how the community will accept such a thing.

I wonder if I am going to get Shunned now!

I promise, I will get to real AP this spring, once I level-out the back yard and set things up. And I am going back out with the binoculars once I warm back up a bit.

Not sure if the local NHAS members are interested in taking a look.
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