Yeah, I made the decision to "bin" them artificially to make download sizes smaller. I might add a download button for a single full size fits file that includes the entire mosaic to use as a reference image for stacking.

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I've tried my hand at creating a truly software agnostic mosaic planner. It is web based, and will generate a fake star field fits file for each panel of the mosaic, allowing you to use the fits file in any software that will solve and slew.
It is pretty self-explanatory, but the idea is that you enter your imaging setup, then choose a target, setup a mosaic, and then download the fits files to use.
Please let me know what you think.

mosaic.darkdragons.space/
 

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A feature that would be nice to have would be a collimation tool that can show adjustable concentric circles and adjust focus in/out to aid with collimating reflecting telescopes. It could have two modes, collimation and star test.

The collimation mode could work something similar to what is provided here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdLcaiVZB_4 but using the hardware we all already own.

The star test mode could focus back and forth between inside focus and outside focus, showing the same star side by side at each focus point. First you would go to your "good" focus position, then focus in by a configurable number of steps, take a subframe of the star, focus out the same number of steps past "good" focus and take another subframe. Then show them side by side to compare.

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