I'm trying to image IC 342 (Caldwell 5), an open spiral galaxy in Camelopardalis. It started out a bit breezy but seems to be improving. Forecast winds are only 6 mph but they seemed higher to me at least initially. They seem to be dying down but I think there are some gusts that must be 10 mph. I'm doing 2 minute subs with my C6 at 976mm focal length. I'm using the EQ6-R Pro.
PHD2 says my polar alignment is only off 2 arc minutes. But it gave me notice that my RA was an issue and suggested recalibration. Stars looked slightly elongated to me and the guiding curve looked more erratic than usual. So, my response was to engage Guiding Assistant and then I clicked on the correction values it suggested after taking its measurements.
Things look better. PHD2 is not doing any dinging. The stars look better. I think I'm going to end up with a result I can work with.
Was my response OK or was there more I could have tried or could still try? For example using shorter subs? Taking off my dew shield (which catches what wind there is)? Other? Too late to build a wind screen... but I think the wind will lessen as the night goes on... anyway exposures are clicking off.
Edited by revans, 26 November 2022 - 06:48 PM.