I have a new (as of a few months ago) setup that, after a few months of tinkering and prepping, finally saw first light this week. Here's the setup I have currently going:
- AVX Mount, polar aligned
- 9.25" SCT (also from Celestron)
- ZWO ASI1600GT CCD
I was under the impression that I could get pretty good tracking with just the mount on exposure times up to around 30 seconds, but I'm getting pretty heafty streaking with just 5s exposures (I've attached one so that y'all can see if you'd like). For my current needs, sub-30s is all I need, so I have not planned for an autoguide system yet.
Was I wrong in thinking the AVX could handle these kinds of exposures? When I reached out to Celestron about the possibility of tracking not working, they told me to get an autoguide system; is this the way to go, or should I look more into making sure the tracking isn't actually the issue? Any advice would be appreciated!