Three time's the charm - my third attempt at staying outdoors in the freezing cold and trying to shoot some DSO object eventually turned out to be succesful. I went for the Orion nebula, because it's bright enough to see with my naked eye and I didn't want to spend too much time hunting something down - there were a couple of more pressing issues.
- I can't for the love of cookies get PHD2 to follow a star, there's always a lot of noise in the display and PHD2 prefers to try and follow some random pixel rather than an actual star. Even if I pick a star manually it manages to lose it, although I can see it clear and bright all the time. I have a Bresser/Touptek GPCMOS02000KPA (Full HD) and can't figure out what the problem is, any ideas? I tried MetaGuide, but I can't pick the actual ASCOM driver for my camera there and it has a way of crashing very often when cancelling dialogues in ASCOM, for example.
- I had trouble to get the nebula any sharper than it is in this picture and I had to call it after around 40 frames, which isn't really much to work with in DSS. What can I do to improve focus? Is this because of seeing or is it a technical problem?