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    Kerbin Side Remastered [1.4.x]

    The X should be over the numbers, too.
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    Mod licensing and "etiquette"

    Edit: nothing to see here, move along.
  3. Pink Kerbals and Duna launchsite confirmed!
  4. I know I'm seriously necro-ing this, but in case anyone else experiences this, those lines are from TCA. They get drawn when the module selector is open and sometimes they don't undraw themselves.
  5. I seem to recall there being a bit of the “hard stuff” rolled into 1.6. Delta-v readout? I don’t feel like KSP is dying at all. In fact I’ve seen more progress in 1.5 and 1.6 than I have in a long time. I think we’re overdue for some DLC options, like maybe an RSS and RO option for those who want realism. But I think they’re definitely working toward a revamp of the core game, and honestly, I feel like maybe they’re testing features for a KSP 2. I’ve had periods in the past where I feared KSP was on its last legs, like with the developer exodus a few years back, but now I don’t get that sense. Maybe it’s just me.
  6. I like the design, but I’ll cast my vote with the folks who aren’t crazy about the nozzle color. Also not a fan off the rollcage attachment point, would rather have something more solid to hide the interiors of the part above it.
  7. Seems like an easy fix - make a button in KK and steal some code from hyperedit so that when you click the off world recovery it quietly teleports your vessel to KSC and then recovers it.
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    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    **ADDING TO MY PREVIOUS POST*** Right now, High Point has used ZWO ASI120MC color imaging cameras on sale for $50. This is both a capable entry-level imager and an AutoGuider. So for $100 you could get a dedicated astronomy camera and an AutoGuider, which would save you a pretty good chunk of change on two of the most expensive items you'll want later.. (edit: it won't do both at the same time, you'll need a separate camera for each task, so you'd need two if you want to do auto guiding and imaging). I just picked one up and with express shipping it ran me all of $80. I've been wanting to do DSLR wide field side-by-side with my primary imager, and now here's my chance. Check it out here:
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    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    There are other options. Ioptron sells mounts that are very capable and not too expensive. You can get a SmartEQ Pro for around $500, which is a reasonably good starter equatorial mount that accepts ASCOM control. You get get a reasonable telescope from high point scientific or Orion, or you can get a used one off of eBay. Then you’ll need a camera. Again, here eBay is your friend. I’m a big fan of dslr photography, and you should be able to get a used one for not outrageous money. You’ll want to get one that has a “bulb” setting and is remote-capable. This will allow you to control the shutter manually. Before I got my current camera, I took long exposure shots with my Nikon using an IR remote and a stopwatch. If budget is an issue, look for places that sell “factory seconds”. I know Orion does, and sometimes Astronomics does as well. Factory seconds are products with cosmetic flaws or damage that still work to manufacturers specs... who cares if your scope body is scratched or your camera has some blemishes on the case, you’re gonna use the stuff in the dark anyway. Don’t let the price tag deter you. Once you have your basic rig in place, upgrade incrementally. Once you have scope and camera in play, start saving up to get an autoguider (which you’ll definitely want). In the meantime, use your starter setup to get good at polar alignment and taking 1-2 minute exposures. Heres some links to get you started: High Point Scientific: sells gear at a reasonable price, has a lot of sales. Astronomics: These are the guys who own Cloudy Nights. They do a lot of private e-mail only sales. Sign up for an account on CN and you can get a discount on most purchases. Orion: The go-to place for Astro gear. This place is the Walmart of astronomy. Some good deals, especially on scopes. More importantly, they have permanent areas on their website for sales, clearances and factory seconds. IOptron Maker of telescope mounts. Celestron snobs will scoff at ioptron mount owners. Let em. Ioptron sells very capable mounts that are very affordable and easy to use. They are my favorite mount maker, and I’ve got both a SmartEQ Pro and a CEM25 and I love them both. The other two things you’ll need are patience and persistence. This is a hobby with a steep learning curve and it’ll take practice. I’ve been doing it for a couple of years and I’m to the point that if I can get set up, aligned and running in under an hour I’m happy, a half hour is a stone cold miracle. There have been plenty of nights when I’ve spent an hour trying to do polar alignment and I just can’t get life to cooperate and I’m ready to throw my whole rig in the nearest river. You have to recognize this isn’t something you go spend a bunch of money on and then turn out Hubble quality images on your first session. It’s a lot to learn... and the mojoroty of your time will be spent sitting at a computer dragging slider bars trying to make what looks like a foggy night in London look like the cosmos. Good luck!
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    Scratchpad mod?

    Perfect. Thank you @Gaarst!
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    Scratchpad mod?

    Is there a mod that anyone knows of that adds a scratchpad-type thing to the game? It would be great if we had something that was callable from the toolbar to write notes to ourselves or such. I find that with too many missions going at once, I start losing track of what I was doing in a particular mission once KAC reminds me to go back to it. If such a thing doesn't exist, any modders willing to take a swing at it?
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    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    This doesn't sound like good advice to me. Many of the mirrors used in decent telescopes and astrographs have reflective coatings on then which are easy to damage. Everything I've ever read said to wear gloves when handling the primary, and to use the gentlest of gentleness when cleaning it. It's such a touchy process that I've known astronomers who won't do it, and instead send their mirrors off to be professionally cleaned. Honestly, between that and collimation, I gave up using a reflecting telescopes and went back to refractors.
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    Kerbin Side Remastered [1.4.x]

    Thanks! I haven’t forgotten you.
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    The Astro-Imaging Thread

    I have a smarteq pro. It’s a really underappreciated little mount. Still, that’s a lot of scope for it to push around!