I recently got a very good deal on a used Asi MC533 pro and went for it. Till that moment I mainly had done some shooting with my DSLR. I got some advice also to look at platesolving / polar alignment via plate solving with it. Very nice to see how it worked, but I'm completely lost now. So I'm very keen to get some help.
First things first, what I have setup at the moment:
- Esprit 80mm + flattener
- EQM 35 Synscan mount
- MC533 connected to the flattener (via the provided connection parts that came with it as per the instructions in the manual)
As I thought to make the next step directly, I pulled my old Raspberry Pi3 model B+ and installed astroberry on it. This went quite easy and I got everything connected to astroberry.
Now, what I have tried to do is to get focus first. I thought I would practice during daytime. I fired up the astroberry> K-stars>Ekos module and went to CCD. I set the gain to 1 and went to live view and got completely white frames (0.1 s frames). I move gain to 20, used different focusing on the scope but it remained completely white. I assume this means I overexposed the image, but I have no clue on what to change. I was hoping to get an image of the partly clouded daylight sky. My questions are:
1. What are correct gain settings to make a daylight picture? And how would I find the best settings for night pictures?
2. I assume the live view option with a bahtinov mask remains the best way to focus?
Although I did not have anything in focus, I thought I would check the Align module. I just hit capture and solve to see what happened. As expected I did return a compeletely white picture. However, it gave the error message 'no index files are found on your system' and got me to a menu with quite a high number of index files (of large size). I thought online solving was also possible, but how do I configure it to solve online so it does not need the index files?