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Hello , everyone...
i created a 12 Part youtube absolute beginners series video for those who would like to follow a RGB OSC workflow.
This series is by no means perfect , but if your at wits end and need some kind of idea where to start this could be helpful.
here is the link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIXJJqew6rQ&t=470s

Mitch/ Astrodude

I'm yet to start on this series Mitch, but I have been subbed to your channel for a few weeks and only just realised that this post was for your channel.  I've enjoyed several of your videos so far.  Keep 'em coming.

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Hi Rogelio,

I completely forgot about this (old age lol!).  I wasn't referring to the reference guide - earlier on in the thread, some people were saying that they didn't get confirmation Emails etc.  That's what I was referring to :-) 

Holidays were good, but not long enough at this end. 

I'll reply to your Email shortly.

Cheers,

Dave


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Hi Rogelio,

All good.  Still no Email.  Have you checked that your webserver's SMTP server isn't listed on a RBL etc?  That some people get the pre-purchase Emails and others don't means it's working, but there's an intermittent issue (usually RBL from my extensive experience). 

Enjoy Christmas, I'm in no rush.  I just wanted to make sure that I'd snuck in with the pre-purchase for the extra goodies. 

Cheers,

Dave

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Hi Rogelio,

I only found out about your book today - I'm not actively imaging and very rarely visit the forums, but I am planning to start imaging regularly in 2020, hence the interest in your book. 

I've placed an order just now (about Ten minutes ago) - no Email from Paypal or your website confirming order as of yet.  I'm not sure if I've successfully pre-ordered, given that my purchase is prior to the 6th January 2020.  I'm about to head off to bed (I'm in Australia, so it's late here), but will check my Emails in the morning. 

I guess, am I too late for the pre-order, of have I snuck in in time?  Will I be able to access the digital PDF reference guide like others have who placed their order(s) obviously before I did...

I'm very new to PixInsight, and seeking all the written help I can get and go through at my own pace in the coming months. 

Many thanks for writing this book!

Cheers,

Dave from downunder

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Announcements / Re: PixInsight 1.8.6.1457 Released
« on: 2019 January 24 15:26:31 »

All Linux and macOS versions of PixInsight require now support for SSE4.1 instructions. SSE4.1 is supported on Intel Core 2 (Penryn), Intel Core i7 (Nehalem), Intel Atom (Silvermont core), AMD Bulldozer, AMD Jaguar, and later processors. Some 2007 or 2008 machines could have processors without SSE4.1 support. 2006 and earlier CPUs won't support PixInsight 1.8.6. This mainly affects vintage AMD-based machines on Linux. This should have no repercussion on macOS.
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As always, thank you for your support and patience while I work to solve problems, some of them critical. Enjoy!

Will the 1.8.6.1457 update still work with OS X 10.11.x? 

I have an ageing MacBook Pro 2009 - system report does not show the type of CPU, other than it is an Intel Core Duo.  It would be nice if Apple gave some more information on CPU type in their systems...I'll have to google it or ring Apple and get dicked around. 

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General / Re: Price
« on: 2018 December 18 08:06:20 »
I am woundering how many astronomers are using PixInsight software, and how much more there would use it if the price was affordable!
Is it really necessary to keep the price for a licence astronomical high ?

I don't think the price for PixInsight is unreasonable.  Let me explain my thoughts on this.

a) The PI team provides regular updates and fixes - more so than many other commercial software products

b) PixInsight runs on nearly every major O/S platform (Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux and soon freeBSD I believe).  That is far better support than the vast majority of other commercial software packages

c) a growing number of commercial software providers are charging customers for the privileges of updates (yeah, I'm looking at you software bisque)

d) PixInsight can be installed on as many computers as you see fit - there are no extra licence requirements.  This is vastly different to most other commercial software products who will insist on a separate licence for each additional computer install.

e) Once you get used to the PixInsight UI, you'll realise how good it is.  Alternative pieces of software lack in comparison imho.  I remember showing a video of the PixInsight UI to my best mate (he's not into astro processing, but he is in the computer support industry) and he was immensely impressed with the UI.  And he's not easily impressed. 

Have you see the price of Adobe Photoshop?  It ain't cheap.  Maxim DL?  Same.  Yes, there are other astro processing software packages out there, some even free, but they are quite limited in scope when compared to PixInsight. 

PixInsight isn't cheap.  But it's worth every penny imho. 

Cheers,

Dave

PS One more advantage - the documentation for PixInsight is generally far better than most software applications.  It's also a very stable piece of software from my experience. 

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Announcements / Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
« on: 2018 December 18 07:52:50 »
Thanks Juan!

I uninstalled PixInsight 1.8.5 (silly me realised after my earlier post that 1.08.05 is 1.8.5 lol!) as per the FAQs (install section). 

Went to the software depository, logged in, grabbed the 1.8.6 pkg install files and voila! 

Post install, entered my identifier/password and got the licence Email immediately.  Opened that up, clicked on the link and new activation code all good! 

Have grabbed the latest update for 1.8.6 too.

Many thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.

I guess I'm going to be stuck with this version of PixInsight on the Mac then...I know it's NOT your fault, but it's still frustrating as a customer (not frustrated with PixInsight, I'm frustrated with Apple Computers).  Their new MacBook Pros have various hardware issues that Apple continues to ignore (see Louis Rossman's excellent YouTube channel for many sordid details!), I despise the new AHT (Apple Hardware Tax) aka hard soldered hard drive, RAM etc.  Apple will NEVER get a cent out of me in my lifetime.  Note: curiously, Apple did not firmware block the MacBook (not pro) 2010 model...their logic is illogical (I'm half Vulcan)! 

Apple diatribe aside, I will stick with this 1.8.6 release - I see no reason why it should be inferior to 1.8.5.  Many of the newer features I will not use, but the core application does not appear to have really changed UI wise.  I have removed the old licence file via the terminal (UNIX guy here), hopefully I will not need to revert to 1.8.5!

If I need to have a later/newer version of PixInsight in the future, I will run it from my Windows PC and/or laptop as required. 

Many thanks again!

Now - I am confused.  I just launched PixInsight (Mac version) and went to resources ==> updates ==> check for updates and it comes back with no updates available.

Major updates of the PixInsight core application (e.g. from 1.8.5 to 1.8.6) are never available as automatic updates. You have to uninstall the old version and install the new one manually. There are technical reasons for this beyond the scope of these forum posts.

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I presume the new licence key version will not work with the older version of PixInsight on my system, so I must first upgrade to v1.8.6 before applying the new licence.

That's correct. Please read the announcement post, the first post in this thread, for complete information on the new version and the new licensing system.

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Will future upgrades to PixInsight drop support for the older pre MacOS versions of OS X

Yes. That will happen, it is unavoidable. The current version 1.8.6 supports Mac OS X 10.11, macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14. Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) is no longer supported.

Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is still supported, but the next release in the 1.8.6 series will probably drop support for it, and then macOS 10.12 will be the oldest version we'll support.

Please note that I am not happy when this happens. I am also a victim of Apple's policy regarding support for previous operating system versions. With each new SDK version released by Apple, something becomes unsupported in older versions of the operating system. I always have to use one of the latest SDKs when I build a new version of PixInsight, or otherwise I'd be generating incompatibilities, security issues and lack of support for the latest versions. On the other hand, PixInsight depends on 3rd party libraries, which have their own requirements.

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does the old pixinsight-license file get removed automatically once you upgrade to 1.8.6, if not, I presume you should remove it manually then, for security reasons?

No, it is not removed automatically. And yes, removing it is a good idea for security reasons, once you feel comfortable with 1.8.6.

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Announcements / Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
« on: 2018 December 18 05:11:52 »
I run PI on two computers, one for the observatory and one for my desktop. Yesterday I was able to upgrade to 1.8.6 and get the new licence code for the observatory and it works fine.
However to install it on my desktop I need to remove 1.8.5 before I can install 1.8.6 . The problem is it is not listed in the list of Programs and features so that I can uninstall it. The program 1.8.5 works fine but given that it is not listed how do I remove it?
I am running windows 10
Help will be appreciated.
Remi

I haven't used Windows 10, but perhaps try setting the control panel to "list" (rather than its default category) and see if add/remove programs then gives an option to remove it.  Have you checked if there is an uninstall option under program files ==> PixInsight too (or however the current Windows operating system calls it)? 

I stopped using Microsoft Windows after Vista (hated the changes made in Windows 7 onwards to be bluntly honest).  I much prefer OS X or GNU/Linux. 



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Announcements / Re: PixInsight 1.8.6 Ripley Released
« on: 2018 December 18 04:42:27 »
Hi Everyone,

Firstly - a big thank you to Juan for the updates!

Now - I am confused.  I just launched PixInsight (Mac version) and went to resources ==> updates ==> check for updates and it comes back with no updates available. 

I checked my version and I'm running 1.08.05.1352 Ripley.  I last updated it perhaps Six weeks ago without issue and it was fully up to date, at least according to the update scripts.  I am an infrequent user of the application btw.

So, why hasn't the software updated to I presume v1.8.5? (I'm not sure if that was the last update option or not, so correct me if I am wrong)?

Why are there no updates available when I run the update scripts now?

Do I have to manually remove my current install of PixInsight and download the 1.8.5 version and then run updates to get the 1.8.6 update? 

I presume the new licence key version will not work with the older version of PixInsight on my system, so I must first upgrade to v1.8.6 before applying the new licence. 

Does the new licence request get trigged whilst upgrading or post upgrade to 1.8.6?

One final question - my Mac is an older MacBook Pro mid 2010 (13" unit) - I am unable to upgrade to MacOS due to firmware blocking by Apple Computers (nice One Apple, NOT).  I am unwilling to hack my firmware UEFI rom to address this issue (it's complex, and can make my computer more prone to security related issues, and/or make it more unstable).  Will future upgrades to PixInsight drop support for the older pre MacOS versions of OS X (for example, my current El Capitan install, which is as up to date as I can possibly go because of Apple's seedy behaviour)?  If they will, then my current Mac is pretty much potentially bricked from future PixInsight updates :(  (new features and security issue fixes etc).  This is potentially alarming for me.

Cheers,

Dave

edit: One more question - does the old pixinsight-license file get removed automatically once you upgrade to 1.8.6, if not, I presume you should remove it manually then, for security reasons?

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