Allrighty, here we go
I finally picked up my guide setup. Astromania 60mm scope, ASI120mm-mini camera. Main mount is a EQ6-R Pro, 6months old. Last night was my inaugural attempt at using it. It was not without its issues, and I am looking for some guidance (pun) to tweak it.
I got every thing assembled, software downloaded/installed, and guide camera focused on the horizon. I have some wind power turbines on the ridge, so i got a nice little video capture using the guide-gear. Once dark came, i aimed the scope at M27, and fired up PHD2. Started the loop, tweaked focus a touch, and then went on to calibration. The inital settings were all auto set with PHD2, I just input my gear, and left all the other values as they were. I did set the exposure time to 3seconds, i got a selection of stars that chose one from, and shift+clicked the 3rd icon to calibrate.
The first calibration came back as "failed - star didnt move enough". A quick scan through the documentation and FAQ said to increase the pulse time. I found the setting, and set it to 2000ms, from the initial 900ms. I fired of the calibration again, and this one completed, but came back with a warning about "orthogonality" and that the calibration was not likely very good.
Wanting to get after some images I plowed on through. below is a screen capture mid sequence for my M27. I also attached my logs, there are 2 sets, the 1st was the calibration sequences, then i turned on APT, and accidentally connected the wrong camera. This caused all kinds of fun. Regardless, I restarted software, and thus the main capture sequence is in log 2. I have the debug logs, but they are too large to attach here.
Sample image taken is over here...too large to post in the thread. It is a single 5min sub, not processed in any way. The stars are all streaked, and decently uniformly. Even near the middle of the image, so i dont think is a FF issue. I dont think my tracking really turned out all that well. NOTE: the image of my PHD guiding is not from the same time as the image. I did not have my flattener in the train so there is certainly radial issues around the corners. another topic for another thread.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I will be traveling with the rig for the first week of July, and will have access to wonderfully dark skies. I was hopeful to have my new gear up and running for the trip. Some images of the Milky Way near Scorpius, and the North American/pelican nebula complex are high on my list.
PHD2_GuideLog_1.txt 32.7KB 5 downloads
PHD2_GuideLog_2.txt 199.44KB 3 downloads