I have an 8 inch Celestron edgehd sct, on an evolution mount. My asiair pro arrives Monday. I’ve been using an asi 290mc and a laptop to attempt learning planetary and some dark object imaging but find asi studio and sharp cap with a laptop inconvenient. I use an iPad for my evolution mount’s wifi and hope to do the same. I use starsense to align, and initially plan to continue using starsense, with the asiair pro being used to avoid connecting cables and a laptop-later, I may move to alignment and plate solving with the pro.
I’d really like to hear the experiences of other evolution or other alt az users in this context. Thanks
Have the same scope and mount here as well as the ASI290MC and ASIAIR Pro. I know there is a way to connect the asiair pro to the Evo mount, have not tried that yet. Am simply connecting the iPad to the asiair through WiFi and using the hand controller and starsense for controlling the mount. So only GoTo and tracking, no other guiding solution so far.
I was just using the setup for planetary and lunar imaging attempts and then stumbled, by pure chance, into what I call my first go at EAA. Wanted to test the 290mc on DSOs last month, was playing with gain setting and changed the WiFi frequency to 5Ghz and was able to get pretty neat views of M27 as well as of the Western Veil Nebula. And the WiFi connection was strong enough for me to step back into the house (am observing and imaging on the terrace) and show the rest of the family the basically live view through the scope.
Now, for full disclosure: while I was using the Evo mount, I wasn’t using the C8, but rather a faster WO SpaceCat scope piggyback on the SCT.
Here a snapshot of what it looked like:
Have just received the Hyperstar reducer from Starizona and am planning on using the same approach via asiair pro and ipad first chance I get to dive more into EAA. And without another scope piggybacking on the C8, the setup will look cleaner as the asiair usually sits on that spot for planetary. The asiair also powers the condensation heater and will power a cooled camera, once I use one. It has 4x 12V ports. Keeps the cable salad to a minimum.
Edited by Nightwatchers, 25 December 2020 - 04:08 AM.