Last night I managed to finally use my recent setup purchase consisting of the following:
- iOptron Skyguider Pro
- RedCat refractor
- William Optics 32mm Slide-base Uniguide Scope
- ASI120MC-s as my guide camera
- Canon T3i
I managed to take several 2 minute long exposures of the northern night sky. I have no idea what stars were in the image as I was merely trying to get to grips with everything. I did connect my laptop and tried to connect the guide camera, but this didn't work too well...but I rewatched Peter Zelinka's tutorial on setting up PHD2 for this so next time I should hopefully have a better understanding of what to do. I also has issues with getting the guide cam and scope into focus on the screen, but it's something i just need to perfect i'm sure.
Another issue i encountered was using the polar scope in the mount itself. The recticle doesn't seem to illuminate when 12 is in the correct position which was off putting, but also the recticle wasn't all that sharp. I also struggled to locate polaris through the polar scope ( I did locate it in the sky easily enough though).
So i pretty much ended up roughly polar aligning the setup using a compass and ensuring the mount was level, as well as inputting the correct latitude. I need to practice this i know, it's just one of those things.
Are there any pieces of software that can be used in conjunction with PHD2 (i've head of plate solving) to polar align this way? Or is polar aligning something that always needs to be done manually with the polar scope in the mount?
I was pretty shocked that i managed to get several 2' exposure images of various locations in the night sky without trailing.
Any tips would be a huge help!