What are the problems you are facing ?
The current problem I'm dealing, and have been for a while, is an elusive polar alignment. Well, the problem manifests as that but it's sure to be something else. What I'm experiencing is that when performing a drift align the drift plot show a persistent motion in one direction, as expected. The problem is that the drift isn't consisten. Initially it drifts rapidly then settles down for a while. It'll then level out and sometimes reverse direction. This is on night when the air is perfectly still. The only things I can think of that may be causing the problem are 1) the grass/soil I'm setup on is compressing, 2) the OTA is still changing thermally, 3) the primary mirror isn't as fixed as I had hoped and is slowly compressing one of the 3 rubber clips holding it.
My opinion is that, if someone is able to image without guiding, he should be able to image with guiding in a heartbeat.
How do you define "in a heartbeat?" If you mean it'll be simple or easy, then I'd disagree. Guiding reveals every flaw in your mount and scope (e.g., backlash, stiction),while introducing a number of potential new flaws (e.g., cable drag, differential flexure.) That's with a guidescope but if you go OAG then you've got a slew of new issues to deal with (e.g., spacing of the guidecam with respect to the imaging cam, finding a guide star, off-axis aberrations, inconsistent centroiding due to coma.) With an OAG you'll be able to really see just how bad the atmosphere is. As Frank mentioned, you may end up chasing the seeing.
Unguided imaging requires a higher spec mount to begin with, which will be a plus for the autoguider's performance and make life much easier for the user.
Few people start out with a higher spec mount though. There'd be a lot fewer requests for assistance in the imaging forums if everyone started out with a Tak, SB, or AP mount. Alas, that's not generally what folks do (myself included.)
OK, Pandora's box is open let's hear your views on this.
I agree with your initial statement in principal but in practice guiding is a step up in complexity and difficulty for most.
Edited by tazer, 05 September 2015 - 09:56 AM.