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Have to say after being a long time user of APT I was tempted by N.I.N.A as they use the SDK for both my QHY and Altair Astro Cameras whilst APT only uses the Ascom driver for the QHY. I was very wary of having to learn a whole new programme and set up but I've been so surprised just how easy it was to set up and get running . Have to say I'm extremely impressed with NINA

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I've switched to NINA from APT purely for the autofocus routine which is killer. That motivated me to get my head around NINA as otherwise I would have been tempted back to APT (familiarity, and it's not a bad piece of software).

On 11/10/2020 at 10:56 AM, GazAstro said:

It seems to have duplicates of tabs ?

Do you mean on the imaging screen? All of those tabs are configurable, you can switch them on/off, reposition them etc. I agree it's a bit confusing but worth sticking with. There's a certain discipline required, but the workflow from Sky Atlas->Framing->Sequence->Imaging does work. Or just pick a target in Stellarium/CdC and load the coordinates directly from the Sequence screen.


On 11/10/2020 at 10:28 AM, Carastro said:

Anyone know if there is a beginners guide to Nina?

Carole the documentation on the main web page isn't bad for the basics. For anything more advanced, the developers on the NINA discord are exceptionally helpful and quick to respond, so definitely install the discord client.


I've no experience with SGP or Voyager so can't compare NINA with those.

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4 hours ago, Mick L said:

Tried it last night for the first time but couldn't work my way around it. I particularly didn't like the framing module not a patch on SGP. Not sure yet if I will have another go.


The framing and mosaic wizard on SGP is phenomenal. I haven't seen any other software come close to it, especially for rotating the camera.

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