So, I've been trying to get some decent guiding off my NEQ5 mount and 200P-DS scope with ZWO 280mm guide scope and ASI 120MM guide camera. Since results were disappointing, I decided to go back to basics and start with the most basic tests. So, first test is the star cross test. I set it to do 40 steps in each direction and had my camera (Canon EOS 600D full spectrum) record the whole thing. You'll find the result attached.
While the star cross test was being performed, I noticed a few things.
- North-South seemed to behave correctly. While changing direction, I noticed non-movement in the stars during only one single step. After this step, stars started moving in the opposite direction. Which is good I guess.
- East-West was another story all together. 30 steps it took to see the stars moving in the opposite direction.
Observing the final image I see another thing that is worrying me. It's the loop on the right hand side of the cross, and the 'hook' on the left hand side. I'm imaging with a 1000mm focal distance, but I would not expect this North-South movement while only East-West is being commanded to the mount. And I cannot begin to understand what might cause this undesired behaviour.
Could you please have a look at the attached picture and get me going in the right direction? I personnally suspect horrible backlash and possibly balancing or too much weight for this mount?
Thanks for taking the time to get a beginner going!