Can't get properly aligned with VX mount
Posted 15 May 2013 - 03:52 PM
Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:08 PM
Level isn't that big a deal as long as everything is stable. If you get the polar axis aligned with the pole, a little off level won't hurt (during tracking, you only turn around the polar axis).
Posted 15 May 2013 - 04:25 PM
I think I may see your problem. You don't have the spreader on your tripod.
Its just like that during levelling and pointing the tripod, I don’t install the spreader until I put the VX head on the tripod.
Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:59 PM
Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:59 PM
Some of the images were double stars, but showing one of the two stars smaller than the other, it looked like the telescope shifted during the exposure.
And at least one time PHD seemed to lose control of the telescope allowing the star to drift about an inch across my screen.
And when I look at the 15 or so images I see that the stars are moving one image to the next.
Is it the settings in PHD, or my mount?
Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:03 PM
Ultra-fast method of EQ polar alignment.
I put the the PVC pipe in the ground were I had been setting up every night, and then I left the VX tripod and head assembled, I just put in a storage shed when not in use.
All I have to do is carry the VX tripod and head out to the PVC pipes, mount the telescope, then do the two star alignment, add two calibration stars, pick a star to do the polar alignment, unsync, then PHD does the rest, the first night I got 40, 60 second exposures, only one was bad, I moved a cable, I think, the next night I did 74, 60 second exposures, all were perfect, it also helps that I now use an intervalometer.
All I need to do now is learn how to use Deep Sky Stacker and Photoshop to process the images.
Here is an image of my settings, I am sure they can be refined, but I am afraid to change them, I am thinking, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.", but am willing to try any suggestions.