ok. So today was worse than yesterday. Yesterday, I pointed at some stars and could at least see "large round circles" or kind of star looking things. But today, I got a blur; nothing. This is what I got:
I think you still have large round circles, just now they are very faint because of the L-extreme. Remove it and find focus first. Did you try aiming at a bright light nearby light like a lamp post? I used that the first few times because I was so far out of focus, I could not see a thing. The starts covered the whole field of view, lol. I suggest once you find focus, you make a note or take a picture of where your focuser is. It will help setup next time until you gain more experience.
One other thing that helped me was someone here on CN said to find focus using an eyepiece first and notice how far your focuser is. Then replace the eyepiece with the camera and slowly move the camera towards the scope. They said the focus for the camera is always closer to the scope than for the eyepiece. I am not sure if that is true for all cases, but it helped me a lot because I did not keep going back and forth.
Also, I tried using the polar scope today and saw like a dim light that I am assuming was polaris. It was so so very hard to see and I kept losing it. I checked my focal length, and made sure it was rotated 90 degrees. Also, I still don't get the focusing part yet. Should I do that before polar alignment? Either way, I don't think the image I got from preview with the AIR was because of the focus.
Also, do you keep the rig as it is every night and not take it apart? PLUS, anyone have any cable suggestions? My cables are long and get all over the place.
Are you trying to do this on the ASIair pro or on the polar scope in the EQ6R? The polar scope in the mount is independent of the scope focal length, only ASIair pro cares about that. But ASIair does not need you to rotate 90 degrees, at least for me it asks to turn 60 degrees? I will just assume you are talking about ASIair. In that case you don't need to see Polaris on the screen. Just anywhere near North is close enough. If ASIair can plate solve, you can continue with the PA routine.
If you mean the polar scope inside the EQ6R, it has a focuser that you can turn. It should be the piece closest to your eye. Yes, I agree with you that Polaris looks faint when you look through it. But it looks bigger than the other stars in the area. If you use the EQ6R polar scope you have to make sure your mount is pointing close enough to the north pole (I just use a compass on my phone) so Polaris will be visible when you look through it.
With ASIair, you do not need to polar align the mount with the polar scope. It is literally a pain in the neck. ASIair is more forgiving where you aim your scope.
I do not leave my rig setup overnight with a couple of exceptions. I know some folks do and have nice covers to protect it from the elements. Btw, I read here on CN that you should not store your EQ6R with the clutches engaged.
Edited by tita, 27 January 2022 - 11:11 PM.