I found this picture on the Jerry Lodriguss webpage that best illustrates my problem seagull stars. I was using FRAME and FOCUS in Sequence Generator Pro and failed to save a picture of my issues before clouds and drizzle begin and I had to close up.
Gear used - Celestron Edge 8 HD, SCT telescope, ASI1600MM-C Pro camera, ZWO filter wheel, with a .70 Celestron focal reducer (made for this edge) and a Moonlite auto focuser.
Although my colliminaton was off before I installed BOB's KNOBS by almost the same amount as it is now....I did not have this problem then that I am having now.
The obvious problem with my kit points to poor collimation. However, though I am certain it is out of collimation - the defocused star looks about the same now (after my most recent collimation attempt) as it did before I installed Bob's knobs. Clouds and rain cut my attempt to improve on collimation but I will surely strive for a better collimation when they clear and that may fix this mess. But - the collimation error before Bob's knobs is close to what it is now YET the stars before were good by not great before.....and now they are, as you can see, crazy seagull shaped.
So I am confused as to why I am NOW getting these stars? I probably should have waited until I got a better collmation before posting this..... but my question is "could there be something else causing these seagull stars that I could be checking" as I feel like there is something else going on....and a better colliminaton may not be the fix.