My goal is to setup side by side for these reasons:
- Plate solving
Otherwise I end up star hopping, taking test shots at 200mm while finding and carefully slewing the target in the center, then zoom at 600mm and refocus (sometimes there is no easy nearby star to focus on so refocusing is quite difficult)
- Drift align with PHD2
My balcony does not have a view of the pole star, but it would be nice if I can do some astro work from home and gradually get data on some targets
Sony camera does not have backyard eos kind of a thing as far as I know so I think this is my best bet, but please let me know if I am missing something
I currently have this with me:
- Orion Atlas EQG mount
- A Sony 200-600 lens and an unmodified Sony a7RIII camera
- Adapter dovetail that fits on my lens tripod collar and itself fits on the mount
I believe I need the following extra things to achieve my goals:
- A side by side saddle
- A guidescope + camera
- Cable to connect my mount with my laptop so that PHD2 can control it
This one (USB2EQ5): http://www.store.sho...products_eq.htm
(Found this from this post: https://www.cloudyni...t-which-cable/)
- Does the saddle directly fit on the mount like the adapter in (3)?
- Does the guidescope fit on the saddle?
- Similarly does the adapter I have fit on the saddle too so that I can mount my lens on it just like I do on the adapter?
Am I missing anything else I need? Appreciate any help!