Hi there! I am brand new to astrophotography. I used my PoleMaster for the first time last night. It seemed to be going well until precise polar alignment the end - the green square was far away from the red circle, and no matter which way i moved my azimuth/alt bolts, only the stars would move across the screen. The green square and red circle did not move at all as I moved the mount. Below is a photo of how this looked. The green square is just to the right of dead centre, and the red circle was far away on the right-centre. Based on the videos I watched, the red circle and green square should have appeared very close together after clicking "start monitor", but mine were far away. I have a feeling this indicates maybe I misaligned something in the previous steps.
Seeing was average, USB cord was on left side when I faced front of camera, no cords were snagged/disconnected. Can anyone advise why the red circle didn't move on the screen as I moved the mount, even though the stars were moving appropriately a on the screen as i moved the mount?
Here is what I think might have caused problems, but I'm not quite sure:
- Would it have anything to do with full moon? I live in light polluted suburbs and the moon was behind me at a lower altitude than polaris. I tried all gain and exposure settings and no change.
- When using the overlay to align the five surrounding stars, my stars were never in the centre of the circles (though there was a star within each circle)- do they need to be in the centres of the circles?
- When selecting a star near by polaris to do the RA rotation test (making sure if follows the green circle outline), I did not select a star that was within one of the circles from the overlay- are you supposed to?
- When returning the mount to the "home position" after moving it 30 degrees x2 in the above step, I "eyeballed" the home position and just used the arrow keys, so I'm not sure if I returned the mount to its exact original position and whether this affects things.
Any advice you can give I would greatly appreciate! Thank you!!
Edited by MonikaW, 22 July 2021 - 01:43 PM.