I have created a new site with a forum and online apps for MetaGuide - a video-based tool for collimation and tight guiding. It is completely free and the site has nothing for sale and it does not request donations. The new site is:
The site name has two meanings - for collimation and guiding the goal is to have small star spots in the image; at the same time the site is a spot for people to discuss and learn how to get small stars.
All the images and documentation have moved there, along with a new version for download, currently 5.5.1 Please upgrade to the latest version for bugfixes and usability enhancements.
There is also a link to my recent video presentation on collimation and guiding kindly hosted by The Astro Imaging Channel on youtube (TAIC).
Finally, there are four online apps for advanced simulations of
- Autoguiding behavior, particularly the impact of latency on guide corrections
- How much deeper you can go when imaging in the presence of different amounts of noise
- The impact of the exit pupil - and its location - on vignetting
- The impact of focus drift over time in stacked exposures
I see a lot of ongoing discussions in CN on how to collimate and many of them don't even mention video as a good way to do it these days. I encourage trying video with MetaGuide for realtime interactive collimation of a real star under a real sky - for best actual results and at no cost - if you have a video camera.
And for guiding there are big benefits of low latency corrections provided by MetaGuide.
Please visit the site and register for the forum if you have questions or feedback. There will be a delay on your initial postings for moderator approval.
Edited by freestar8n, 23 October 2020 - 02:10 AM.