Yet Another Synscan Beta Code Release
Posted 07 September 2012 - 11:57 PM
A new feature of Polar Re-alignment is added and improved accuracy under Alignment sub-menu of the hand control in the firmware. User may use this feature to do the polar alignment without aligning Polaris in the polarscope for an EQ mount.
This new firmware also works with AZ goto and DOB SynScan goto mount."
Skywatcher EQ Firmware Updates
Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:38 PM
Posted 09 September 2012 - 01:54 PM
There was an earlier thread on this posted a few weeks ago for the Sirus mount which is the same as the SkyWatcher. It's essentially a drift alignment procdure with "hand controller assist". It really does cut down on the drift. PHD guiding doesn't have to work as hard.
It's not really a drift alignment, what it is is the AllStar polar alignment system from the company's Celestron mounts ported to their SynScan mounts...
Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:58 PM
I have now downloaded 03.30 beta 29 and tested it with no issues.
I still do a Polar alignment via the original instructions in my Skywatcher manual and it has given me very good accuracy in imaging. Of course the polar scope reticle has to be aligned correctly as well for this to work properly. (When my mount was shipped from the distributor, the reticle was NOT set correctly.) Now with the hand controller update, I further adjust on a selected star (after the "regular" Polar alignment), to tweak both T-Bolts to center. I think this helps PHD guiding in that it doesn't have to do as much correction. What do you think?
Posted 09 September 2012 - 02:59 PM
Posted 10 September 2012 - 12:47 AM
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 09:50 AM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:09 PM
Quick question about the upgrade. Did you use the Orion loader or the Synscan loader. I noticed there is a slight difference in the file size, and was wondering whats being used.
Crow Mtn Observatory (ROR) - Russellville, Ar.
Orion 8" Astrograph on Sirius Mount
EQASCOM control for the mount
Orion SSAG Mini guider
PHD Guiding Software
Meade DS II with Peltier cooling
SkyTools 3 PRO
Celestron NexStar 6SE
Posted 17 September 2012 - 10:26 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:29 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 02:43 PM
Posted 06 October 2012 - 05:13 PM
I did this for the next half hour, only to have to start over with the pa scope.
I am no longer using this feature...
Posted 07 October 2012 - 10:58 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 10:04 PM
Edit: One more thing - with the new beta 3.30 i could not make PHD to calibrate and start guiding. The star just does not move enough. I am definitely back to 3.28 till we get new beta with these bugs fixed.
Posted 26 October 2012 - 09:13 PM
Posted 28 October 2012 - 03:15 PM
Meanwhile for those of you that want to test the new polar re-align feature here is what i do to make it work as expected:
1. Make rough polar alignment using the polar scope. I personally put polaris in the center of the polar scope and this way guarantee that it is no more than 1 degree off in azimuth and altitude.
2. Make 3-star alignment. Center the stars as accurate as possible during it. I personally attach my DSLR and use the live view with enabled grid to ensure that the star is centered properly.
3. After the 3-star alignment is completed start the polar re-alignment. when asked for a star to be used select star from the list which is not near any one of the 3 used for the previous alignment. Follow the procedure and center the star as accurate as possible. When the procedure is completed look through the polar scope to ensure that the polar star is where it is expected to be. You can use program like "polar finder" to see where polaris should be regarding the center of the polar scope at this time.
4. After the polar re-align is completed park the mount, turn off the power, turn it on again, select not to start from park position and make another 3-star alignment. After this you can start taking pictures.
These observations are based on the tests that i made on 3.28 and 3.30 beta versions. When i have observations about the new beta 3.32 i will report.
Posted 10 November 2012 - 01:16 PM
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