Plate solving with SkyX

Which free software is best to use for solving? I have SkyX with camera add on, but since the camera is connected to sgp I can’t use that any more.

The best is debatable because some have success with one thing, others have success with another thing. Here’s what I would suggest: use Elbrus as your main solver and a local instance of Astrometry.net as your “failover”.

Install Elbrus using the Elbrus Installer available on the mainsequencesoftware website:
http://mainsequencesoftware.com/Releases

And here’s the instructions/download for Astrometry.net:
Astrometry.net local solver

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If you do not have a web connection there is a local version of astrometry.net that works well in SGP too. It is fast too. I have this as a fallover for Pinpoint 6.

http://adgsoftware.com/ansvr/

Buzz,

Can you expand on this?

Or to be more specific, I was under the impression that Pinpoint will only fail-over to the on-line version of astrometry.net.

Is the fail-over to a local install of astrometry.net managed by SGP even though Pinpoint wants to fail-over to the web?

Thanks and regards,
Craig

Yes, if you look at the link, Andy provides an installer and full instructions on how to get SGP to use this local installation as a fail safe. I deliberately put in an incorrect scale, something that PinPoint hates, and after a moment, the astrometry.net local server got the answer right.

I think Pinpoint as a separate application will only fall over to the internet version, but SGP is smarter :slight_smile:

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