Hi, I have a Celestron Nexstar SE6 telescope with a 6.3 focal reducer and I'm trying to learn how to see Deep Space objects and maybe even capture a Nebulae or Galaxy with Sharpcap Pro. I started off just looking at planets with my 25mm EP while waited on the ZWO ASI224MC camera to come in the mail. With the EP I did the Skyalignment on 3 different stars and looked at Jupiter and Saturn and took a few pictures with my Sony A6000 and a 2x Barlow. I got the ZWO camera and right away I noticed that after alignment with the EP and switching over to the ZWO I would be way off and had to re-center Jupiter and re-focus, no problem really I guess Jupiter's easy to find. Next I tried looking for Deep Space objects and I was striking out every time and not seeing anything. I know there's a lot of light pollution here but really? I'm using Sharpcap Pro and turned up and down everything trying to see something. Well...the other night I set up everything, aligned, focused on Vega with my Bahtinov mask and went looking for M57 Ring Nebulae, OMG there it was way up in the top left corner! This makes me wonder that alignment with the EP and switching over to the ZWO why I couldn't find anything? I always do the Precise Goto procedure and check focus on the star with the mask and hit Enter and go back to what DSO I was looking for.
I'm guessing if I intend to use the ZWO camera I should align with the ZWO camera? I'm using a 2x Barlow too so does it have to be included while aligning?
Edited by Danoglide63, 11 July 2018 - 04:15 PM.