I recently started this hobby and am very much in the learning phase right now so hopefully this is just an example of something very simple I've missed. I started off the first couple of nights doing polar alignment through the mount scope, that was tedious to say the least but it worked, and then a 3 star alignment with the hand controller and it worked quiet well. Since then, I've upgraded to using the hand controller in PC direct mode and connecting everything to APT, Stellarium, EQMOD, etc etc and slowly learning as I go. I've consumed dozens of hours of youtube video from a wide array of fantastic members of this community and really appreciate how much support is out there.
I'm coming up empty on everything I've searched so far to get guiding in PHD2 working with my guide scope/camera and my results just don't make much sense to me.
Orion EQ-G mount
William Optics GT81 with 6AIII .8x reducer
Canon Rebel DLSR
WO Uniscope 50mm guide scope w/ ZWO ASI290MM mini
I can successfully connect everything and navigate the sky from Stellarium with a fair amount of accuracy and Sharpcap has made polar alignment so much easier. But getting PHD2 to guide and finish calibration successfully has failed at every step. I went through the setup wizard for the ASI camera and let it build a dark library and also spend an embarrassingly long time making sure the scope was in focus. Now when I start calibration, I have tracking started in APT, I can take 20 - 30 subs that are sharp and in focus so I know guiding is working, but calibration will fail 99% of the time and the 1 or 2 times it succeeded, it lost the star almost immediately afterward. In addition, the calibration graph just looks weird. I'm not sure how to chase this down but would appreciate any thoughts or ideas from the community on what I'm sure is just user error.
Edited by jackdaniels3773, 23 May 2022 - 11:19 AM.