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#1 niktnowy

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 08:55 AM

I was wondering if there is any way I could track this Comet with ZWO Asiar based software? If not what would be the best way to do so?
Currently I use HEQ5-Pro mount.

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 11:20 AM

While the comet is not moving the same direction/speed as the apparent motion of the stars, it's close enough that for imaging purposes, just using normal sidereal tracking is fine.  It would only be a problem if you're going to image it for several hours (which isn't likely).

 

If instead of "tracking" you mean "finding" it...

 

Go here:

https://theskylive.com/c2020f3-info

 

It will tell you the RA/DEC coordinates of the comet at any time.  You can enter your location data if you want to -- but that's not necessary to get RA/DEC coordinates (which are the same anywhere).  Doing so *will* tell you when it rises above your local horizon, etc.

 

Get the coordinates.  Type them into the place to GOTO specific RA/DEC coordinates.  Have your mount GOTO those coordinates.  Done.

For the ASIAIR, enter the coordinates Target: RA() and DEC() boxes below, then hit GOTO.

 

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Posted 16 July 2020 - 01:41 PM

@OldManSky - Thanks a lot.  That is amazing news,  Thank you


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