I just got my guiding package and got a chance to try it out tonight. The package is this: https://www.astrosho...g-set60/p,52859
I used PHD2 with the ST-4, because I cannot connect my hand controller to the PC yet.
I had a few problems with the package tonight:
- The focusing - I found Arcturus and tried to focus on it with 1 second loop, and it seems to focus fine, but when in focus, the star has a big, dimmer circle around it.
- The camera, when in focus, detected only 3 or 4 stars with a 3 second loop. Even then PHD2 lost the star a few times. Also, there is a weird issue: the looped image sometimes gets very bright (star lost), sometimes it's barely visible (star lost). I set a constant loop of 3 seconds.
- When guiding, my total error was around 2", which I expected because my guide scope is in a position a bit of centre, so that creates problems.
So, my question is: what settings can I change to see more stars in the loop, fix the weird brightness change issue and finally, the focusing issue.
PS: How do I connect my hand controller to the PC without using an EQDIR cable?
Thanks to anyone that answers,