So I just about have everything there, but I need a little advice to overcome a last basic technical hurdle until I can actually start up the EAA learning curve.
I have sharpcap talking to my mount (AZEQ5 in AltAz mode) and camera. I can platesolve within sharpcap using ASTAP. Is there any way to use that plate solving to perform an initial alignment?
The overall flow I am trying to achieve is that I move the scope and mount out of the garage and drop them on the driveway, attach all of the cables and power supplies, turn on the mount, start sharpcap/stellarium, do an initial platesolve to orient the mount, then I'm off to the races.
During the hour break in the clouds I had tonight, I was pointing at Polaris and able to get a reasonable solution, but could not get the sync to take. The closest I got was by moving the telescope to a particular position such that on resetting the encoders in the EQASCOM window in the PARK section, I could move the scope back to Polaris and get close enough for the platesolve sync to take. The one time I was able to get that to work, however, sharpcap then drove the scope to 180 degrees out in azimuth and claimed it was now pointing north (stellarium showed the same picture, as did the raw data from EQASCOM, they both thought the scope was pointing north when it was roughly pointing south).
I'm trying to avoid having to use the HC or the synscan pro app to do a manual alignment. Is the solution to just do one of the manual alignments, park the scope, then try to match that position the next time I move everything around?
Edited by ex-Bubblehead, 13 July 2021 - 10:11 PM.