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When to turn on autoguiding for imaging

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#1 7mag

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 07:53 AM

New to the entire autoguiding scenario.

 

I just need to know at what step do you turn on PHD2 to start guiding

 

1. polar align

2. do a 2 or 3 star align

3. slew to target & focus

4. hook up computer to hand controller and computer to camera

5. open up up PHD2 and start guiding

 

Am I thinking correctly?

 

Any help is always appreciative

 

 



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 08:07 AM

Steps 1 to 4 involve you slewing the scope or connecting the computer, so PHD2 is not needed. 

 

I would hook up my computer an camera at step 1 and do the align and focus with the camera 



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 08:47 AM

So, in other words, go ahead and have everything connected and have PHD2 open and connected and run thru the alignment process

 

Or, just have everything connected, go thru alignment process and open PHD2 once you are on the target



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 09:01 AM

have PHD2 ready, meaning you have it in focus and calibrated... start guiding immediately after plate solving or however you center your target



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Posted 18 September 2020 - 10:19 AM

You can use the camera for fine centering your alignment stars in star alignment if you don't have an illuminated reticle cross hair eyepiece.

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Posted 18 September 2020 - 10:24 AM

What capture s/w are you using?

With NINA there is a button to start guiding when you start the sequence so it happens automatically ... no need to start it o its own.

With teh right parameters selected you simply start the sequence and it slews to the target, plate solves, centers the target & then starts auto guiding ... then it starts imaging ...

Edited by nimitz69, 18 September 2020 - 10:25 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2020 - 02:39 PM

Got it.  Thank you




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