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Planetary Panel

 
The Planetary panel is accessible from Tools tab.
 
The Planetary panel is useful for planetary, Moon, Sun and etc. imaging where the needed frames per second speed is bigger. Also it saves your shutter from making too many cycles, vibrations and etc. Supported are two modes - DSLR LiveView and EOS HD Video.
 
 
Planetary Panel
 
The LiveView mode allows you to capture the DSLR LiveView stream as series of JPG files and to store it on the PC hard disk. These JPG files can be easily be used in Registax or similar processing application without modifications. In the panel you can define how many images you want to capture. The most of the EOS cameras gives best image when x5 Zoom is used. For more information see article "1:1 Pixel Resolution" by Jerry Lodriguss.
 
If you are wondering why APT saves JPG files instead of AVI, there is simple reason. The DSLR cameras provide a stream of JPG images, this the "raw" material from the LiveView. APT stores it in the original form and gives to you the option to process it by the way you like. The AVI building can affect the quality and in addition it is time (and power) consuming operation. Everybody prefer to gather more data than to make processing in the field.
 
Tips&Tricks To get bigger frame rate on slower computer, before start recording make the APT window smaller.
 
The second mode HD Video (available for some EOS models) allows to start/stop the HD Video recording of your Digic IV camera (if it has such feature). After the video is recorded APT will transfer the MOV file to PC’s hard disk, if Image Destination is set to “PC” or “Cam+PC” in the Camera tab. Because of limitations set by Canon, it is not possible to use this mode unless you have T-ring with focus confirmation or attached lens.
 
Note that the MOV video file has to be converted before it can be used in Registax. There are several freeware options to make that. Few samples:
 
 
 
 
Warning: While you installing this program, pay special attention to things that are checked or unchecked. By default it is configured to install some type of internet tool bar or something like that. Make sure you deactivate anything that you do not want to be installed.
 
You can follow these steps when you use that program:
 
Choose AVI as the Output Container.
Choose RAW Uncompressed as the Video Codex
Disable AUDIO for Audio Codex or check the Disable box in the Audio specification box below that.
Choose NO CHANGE for Video Scale Size
Choose 30 or 60 Frame/Sec
Choose the highest Bitrate kbps for best quality.
Choose Hi Quality for additional Options
 
Jerry Lodriguss has published a great book related to planetary imaging named “A Guide to DSLR Planetary Imaging” that covers every aspect of this type of photography starting from data acquisition to processing. There is special chapter dedicated to APT. The address Jerry’s site is www.astropix.com
 
 
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Ringy Thingy

1. Ringy Thingy
 
Ringy Thingy is an innovative way to edit numeric values using only mouse or touch pad. See details and animation how to use it in the Application Interface notes.
 
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Frames

2. Frames
 
Defines how many frames from the EOS LiveView stream you want to record.
 
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Seconds

3. Seconds
 
 Defines how many seconds to record images from the Live View stream.
 
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Multiple Recordings

4. Multiple Recordings
 
 Allows automation of the planetary recordings by defining the number of the images sets to be recorded and the pause between each recording.
 
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Recordings

5. Recordings
 
Defines how many recordings to make.
 
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Pause

6. Pause
 
Defines what pause to make between the recordings. This pause helps the camera sensor to cool-down and to avoid the camera blocking.
 
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Start / Stop

7. Start / Stop
 
Starts/Stops the LiveView recording.
 
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Status

8.  Status
 
Shows the status of the Planetary panel. When there is running recording it shows the saved frames or recorded seconds.
 
Sample from LiveView recording:
 
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Movie seconds

9. Movie seconds
 
Defines how long to be the video recording.
 
10

Tune

10. Tune
 
Reserved for future use (when Canon provide the needed support).
 
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Start / Stop

11. Start / Stop
 
Starts/Stops video recording.