Well Clear Sky Clock called for clear skies until midnight so I thought I'd take a chance to get the mount dialed in as a means to get ready for the new moon next weekend. The plan was to obtain a TPoint model, accurate PA and then train the PEC in order to assess how well the mount can image unguided. Well, I managed to get the TPoint model and accurate PA and that was it. I suppose the PEC and unguided testing will need to wait for another day.
Overall the mount is a dream to operate. Smooth and relatively quiet slews and I managed a 44 point model in around 10 minutes which I don't find to be terribly excessive. I'm really looking forward to seeing what this mount can do as I become more acquainted with it.
Question - I'm a setup/tear down guy every night I image. How does one approach PA with this mount on subsequent setups? Do you run a fresh TPoint model each time you setup and turn on the mount? Seems like there would be easier ways to obtain "close enough" PA therefore I'm wondering what others do in my situation? I upgraded to the Paramount to maximize my data collection potential therefore looking to minimize setup but not sacrifice accuracy (as much as possible anyway).
Interested to hear how others start their sessions....
Additionally - how does one read the report output? Clearly I managed a fairly accurate alignment but I don't understand why some of the text further down the report seems to suggest I need more mechanical correction. Appreciate any advice the more seasoned PM users tend to have.