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Reged: 02/22/13

Re: Can't get properly aligned with VX mount new [Re: will1384]
      #5911818 - 06/09/13 07:03 PM Attachment (7 downloads)

I got it to work, one thing that helped is this:

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.

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