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Somebody forgot to handle the corner case!
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Is there any software to pull a live stream from a telescope mounted Nikon camera onto a laptop, and use it to autoguide the telescope?

The closest thing I could find that could do anything similar to this is Metaguide : http://www.astrogeeks.com/Bliss/MetaGuide/
but I couldn't find support for DSLR's

The other one is Nebulosity : http://www.stark-labs.com/nebulosity.html which works with Canon Dslr's but cannot guide. To guide, you need to somehow "link" it to their PHD software.
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No. Not really. 
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Orion's nebula.

Celestron Nexstar8SE, Nikon D5100 with T-Ring adaptor.
4x32 ISO 3200, stacked with Regim, post processed in LR3, Dfine 2.0
Location: Palo Alto

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Thanks for the info Christopher. For focusing I do a digital zoom on the bright stars at the center if the field and then manually focus till I get as sharp a focus as possible. 
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I'm actually fairly impressed the new direction Microsoft has taken under the leadership of Nadella. All other decisions aside, the image of Microsoft as a company that cares more about technology and users than its business seems to be emerging, and I feel that will finally be the factor driving it towards success. Nadella did have his fair share of gaffes to start with, but he seems to be coming around pretty well now.
Satya Nadella’s appointment as Microsoft CEO a year ago was surprising. A protracted search for Steve Ballmer’s successor had many expecting the nod to go to an outsider to steer Microsoft into the...
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One scrubbing brush - $3
One long screw, couple of nuts - $2

Cleaning grout like a boss - Priceless!

I call it, the GroutMaster 9000!!!

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Hehe.... Nice!
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An extremely proud moment. I hope this points to a bright future ahead where a lot more youngsters are inspired to take up an interest in science and technology.
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Getting a probe to Mars is no easy feat (as past US and Soviet problems attest). Congratulations to everyone involved! :)
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Mr. Spock, you will always be, my friend.

May your memories live long and prosper.
 
While this had been expected for a while, I am sad to say that today we lost a man who was a great artist, a great actor, and an all-around mensch. The world will be poorer without him.
In addition to acting, Mr. Nimoy directed films; published poetry, autobiographies and books of photography; and recorded music.
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The hunter's scythe

The result of 2 coffee's too many. Couldn't sleep till 1AM. Ended up working on my astrophotography shots. This was my first experiment in stacking, and turned out ok, though still not as good as expected. Its incredibly hard to get a sharp focus using a telescope as a giant lens. Now I know why most supertelephoto lenses have so many elements in them :)
 
Orion's nebula.

Celestron Nexstar8SE, Nikon D5100 with T-Ring adaptor.
4x32 ISO 3200, stacked with Regim, post processed in LR3, Dfine 2.0
Location: Palo Alto

Tips and comments very much appreciated :)
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The telescope I used, Nexstar8se, has a tracking mount. It is still AltAz so very long exposures are still a problem, but a few seconds worth of exposure is fine. More details in the original post I shared on the community.
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Star party is best party

Had a blast yesterday at the Google star party. Tons of astronomers, both experienced and amateurs came with their telescopes of all sizes and shapes to share their knowledge. Lots of folks came up asking really interesting questions. Most were wonderstruck by the moons of Jupiter or the fuzzy clouds of Orion's nebula. Many loved seeing the beauty of the double cluster and were amazed at the sight of Andromeda. Comet Lovejoy was an especial delight to see, floating through the murky and dark depths of space, as an icy rock, until it gets flung back to the center of the solar system again, where it will shine with a brilliant long tail, many years from now.

The thing that amazes me the most, is the wonder that a couple of simple pieces of glass can unfold, from one of the most common sights that everyone mostly ignores, the night sky.

For once, most of the eyes were set to the wonders in the skies, than destroying hardboiled sweets on tiny computers.

PS: Special thanks to Bob, who pointed me to the coordinates of Comet Lovejoy on Heavens Above so I could track it.
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GLORY BE TO GOD - the great CREATOR.  Amogh, you are such a kick.........Your posts are wonderful--------can't wait for the next one.....
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Heavy breathing....

Now I can finally make my motion detection system work!

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Let's get the good stuff out of the way above the fold. Raspberry Pi 2 is now on sale for $35 (the same price as the existing Model B+), featuring: A 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU (~6x performance); 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM (2x memory); Complete compatibility with Raspberry Pi 1 ...
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Yep... too expensive to use it in our experiments...
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The lengths one has to go to to fix a broken magic bullet!

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A little long, but very enlightening!
Why does bending a pizza slice help you eat it? How does a mantis shrimp's punch use a Pringles chip? A surprising geometrical link between curvature and strength.
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Loved reading this piece!
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Love their experimental stuff!
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Excellent brunch place. A bit of a long wait, but completely worth it. Very good crab cakes benedict. Highly recommended.
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Excellent service! Dr. Linda K. Hur was very professional and performed a thorough eye exam. She answered all questions that I had and was very patient with me. Would strongly recommend to anyone seeking eye care.
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An excellent place for breakfast / brunch. Very cost and quiet. The service is very personal and they make you feel comfortable. Overall and excellent experience worth many repeat visits.
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Horrible food. Avoid at all costs. Not only did it taste bad, we even found a piece of wallpaper in out veg spring rolls.
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Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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