The first thing I want to say is that you guys are great and I've learned so much.
I wanted to be able to use my telescope and camera from inside my house.
Additionally, I wanted to be able to do this using my least expensive gear and free software.
I used my Celestron 102mm, f9.8 (f5 by using my focal reducer) refractor telescope. My mount was the Celestron alt/az GT. This is a nice, but inexpensive rig. An SLT mount or a similar Meade rig should work just as well.
I first performed a normal alignment using an eyepiece. Next, I connected my camera to my laptop and opened up the camera software. I use Sharpcap or ASICAP. I then recentered my last alignment star using the camera and redid that alignment so that it was as perfectly centered as was possible. I could also go back and redo the other alignment star, if I wanted to.
I'm now at the point where I choose the part of the sky I want to work in. For this inexpensive rig, I keep my targets in the same quadrant of the sky. On my better mounts, that's not necessary. Anyway, I select, goto, and sync to a star near the target I want to photograph.
If I want to stay outside and by the scope, I'm ready to go. However, I want to get inside, where it's warm.
I start up Team viewer and Stellarium on my computer that stays at the scope (hooked up to the camera and telescope). I use Stellarium to control the scope through the cord at the bottom of the hand controller. I go inside now and run things wirelessly through Team Viewer.
That's about it. My GOTOs will not always be perfect. To compensate, I just select a very nearby star and go to it. That gets me to the proper framing.
I'm sure this isn't as clear as it could be. If anyone has any questions, just ask.
Edited by tomwall, 31 December 2018 - 07:02 PM.