Its pretty well isolated. 4ft x 4ft x 2ft concrete base with a 12" sonotube as the pier. The obs was then built around that. Being careful not to touch the pier with the building.
How permanent is your pier? Is it isolated from your footsteps? Any chance that YOUR movement is causing the problem?
About to trash my whole setup.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 08:25 AM
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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:16 PM
It's not what you want to hear, but it was at exactly this point, with a new Ovision worm, that I gave up on the G11 for astroimaging and put my name on the list for a Mach1GTO. Eight months later I had my Mach1, and I've never been sorry. In the meantime, I suggest that you check, for example, the aggressiveness in your guiding software. You can get into a situation where the guiding oscillates between equally unacceptable errors, and adjusting the aggressiveness or simply cancelling everything and restarting without changes may cure the problem.
Im so frustrated, i just dont know what to do.
Im getting oblong stars. They all are oblong in the RA direction.
Im using a Losmandy G11, with an 10"lx200. Permanently mounted in my obs.. Even with autoguiding i can not get round stars.
Ive polar aligned and realigned. Ive collimated over and over again. Ive checked that the gears are meshed correctly. I even have the ovision worm. I have cleaned the main gear and worm and relubed.. And my pe is somewhere in the 7 range consistantly.
Ive used mirror lockup in the dslr. Ive reset the mount. Ive done everything i can think of and im sure im missing some things that i havent listed here.
This is soo frustrating because just 1year ago i could get round stars in a 10minute unguided exposure.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:33 PM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:54 PM
Remember to photograph the tear down so you can remember where part go. Good luck
Definitely! Someone told me to do this a long time ago, for working on my motorcycles. I thought it was a waste of time, but still did it. Then, one day, I ended up with an "extra" part. It belonged to my rear brakes, somehow I missed putting a bolt on. If it wasn't for the pics, I never would've known where it went, and chalked it up to one of my many spares I have(I always order extra parts). Until it would have been too late.
Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:30 PM
Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:25 AM
The fix was too complicatd and still not complete! The worst thing is the little safety feature in the AT/FF i use... the dreaded 'cutout' or whatever it is called - just will not line up with the focuser collet on the ED80T and so my imager not perfectly 'ortho'... that took forever to isolate. Next was meshing... yes I finally re-meshed after however long it was... but it took several tries. Went exactly by the manual and phoned A-P excellent customer support several times. Polar aligned, even finally drifted... still eggs everywhere. At this point I'd tried both PHD and MaximDL so many times with so many setting I'd developed a large matrix!
But still no real change - and it's so much like what you say - seemed to be somewhat same no matter the exposure time. Having 10 nights in a row to try and fix /test in Portand OR is unheard of in the the last 3 years but this year, every night clear! Pure imaging gold here! Every night 'wasted'... maddening. Swapping scopes, swapping SSAGs ! swapping cables... polar aligning and re-polar aligning. Checking computer and USB and ASCOM and 'you name it' - almost seemed like there was a 'latency' issue in the USB bus timing /management... oh the thoughts that went through my half functional head...
It was changing scopes and imaging trane that FINALLY isolated the blasted demon cutout on the AT/FF and as I say - I still don't have a perm fix for it though I'm thinking meatal foil duct tape may provide a path to fill the blasted thing in.
No real moral here I can think of except don't rule out that it may be more than one cause. The fact that it became apparent at one point in time could be arbitrary.
Posted 20 September 2012 - 01:08 PM
The worst thing is the little safety feature in the AT/FF i use
Well, Why didn't you get RF/SS?
Posted 20 September 2012 - 05:44 PM
Also OAG solve this problems for sure!