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ASI178MC Gain/Offset Combinations

Postby khrrugh » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:13 pm

Hi @ll,

after more than half a year using the great ASI178MC with several combinations of Gain/Offset, i thought it would be a good idea to stick to only a few standard combinations. So after reading through many posts in several forums i'd like to discuss if these combinations do make sense or if i need to adjust them (the numbers represent the settings in SharpCap, where Gain=Gain and Offset=Brightness):
    * LOW: G 85 O 75
    * MEDIUM: G 128 O 300
    * HIGH: G 192 O 400
Any ideas about these settings? Good or bad?
Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Re: ASI178MC Gain/Offset Combinations

Postby Sam » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:10 am

not bad, offset is just used to avoid data has been clipped below 0
so you can tell from histogram it is OK if no data below 0 with the combination
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Re: ASI178MC Gain/Offset Combinations

Postby khrrugh » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:48 am

Thanks for the reply, Sam. It is good to know that the settings are a okay, but i think i have another problem. Whenever i set the brigthness setting (under "image controls") to a value just a bit higher than zero, the whole picture is getting just white. But i think this is no problem with the camera, probably it is the user doing something wrong in sharpcap :-)
I now must only figure out how to tell the camera to use the correct offset. Note: I do not use ASCOM, i use the native driver. Do you have any hint regarding this?
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Re: ASI178MC Gain/Offset Combinations

Postby Sam » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:05 am

we don't recommend user to use sharpcap for DSO imaging as this is planetary imaging software although it can do some DSO job
you can choose lots of DSO imaging software from our site
https://astronomy-imaging-camera.com/software/
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