I've bought a NEQ6Pro some time ago (the one with the old interface, so no direct USB-port, but rather handcontroller-port => handcontroller-cable => handcontroller-to-USB converter => USB-cable => astro-PC), together with a Skywatcher 200/1000 telescope.
During summer I've built my own garden observatory (concrete pillar, rollback, ...) and finished it about a month ago. Since then I waited for clear skies and last week there was actually the first clear night - so I used it for SharpCap-supported polar alignment, achieving "excellent" results.
Next step was to run a full three-star-alignment (which I got used to from the times where I had my mount on a tripod) - all good.
Finally I wanted to also test (first light) my new astrocam (2600c), but wasn't able to focus (SestoSenso2) due to cloudiness.
Last night we finally had clear skies again, so I decided to continue - just to learn that my mount would "Go-To" the floor of my observatory, rather than slewing to NGC 7023 (iris nebula).
And this is actually my first question - does this/my mount really "forget" its alignment when powered off? The mount was not moved in power-off state, nor did I open the clamps to manually align it - after the polar alignment night, I've set a parking position in SGPro and parked it.
So I ran alignment (two-star this time) again directly in SynScan (my observatory is/can be fully remote-controlled) with Jupiter and Capella. Jupiter was way(!) off, but after centering it in SharpCap (I don't do it "optical" -> my astromcam is mounted), alignment for Capella was no issue at all.
And here is my second question - I've seen an option "Alignment with Sync" in SynScan, would you please be so kind and elaborate what this is and if it's actually the thing I'm looking for (maybe to solve question 1)?
Also what I like to mentioned here is that SynScan is unreliable (tested both 1.19.20 and 2.0.13) - it terminated I think at least 2 or 3 times and after starting it again plus connecting to it via SGPro/SharpCap I just found out that Go-To isn't working and I had to star-align again (--> therefore my questions 1&2).
My third question is about (auto-)focusing - as stated, I have mounted a Sesto Senso 2 and was able to "near-focus". So I would like to ask if you could give me any tips like - should I activate/deactivate sidereal tracking to get rid of star-trails (8sec exposure)? Is it better to activate PHD2 during auto-focus? As of now I've set up coarse steps to 200 and fine steps to 70. But it seems whatever I try, SGPro stays with its red line and no confidence for good focus.
Many thanks for your time, have a nice day!
Edited by man_in_the_moon, 05 October 2022 - 01:42 AM.