Star alignment after SharpCap ?
Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:26 PM
Posted 22 November 2019 - 09:32 PM
Hard to answer without information about your mount and how you want to use it.
Generally, if you want to use your mount controller or a planetarium program for GoTo, then “yes” you need to do a star alignment. If you plan to use platesolving to acquire objects, then “no” you don’t need a star alignment.
Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:53 PM
Posted 22 November 2019 - 10:55 PM
Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:16 PM
My workflow, which works just fine is
PA in sharpcap
Star alignment with HC ( I "cheat" and use a Starsense)
Issue go-to's with either Cartes duCiel or CPWI software
Finalize my object centering, if necessary, using plate solving.
Sharpcap's most functional plate solving requires that the mount be within 15 degrees of the target. If it finds a solution, it moves the mount to center the object.
I believe you can do blind plate solving in SC, ( that is, no prior star alignment) but I suspect it takes much longer, and IIRC, sharp cap will not center the object after doing a blind plate solve. I've never done this.
Read about SC plate solving here: https://www.sharpcap...s/plate-solving
Edited by nic35, 22 November 2019 - 11:17 PM.
Posted 22 November 2019 - 11:28 PM