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  1. New to Astrophotography but not to astronomy (visual with underrated mount) and just upgraded mount to be able to support larger telescopes, and also get into imaging. Just completed my first AP night last night with EQ mount and D7200 with 500mm f/8 - have a look at my setup in my latest post here, showing it can certainly be done with just the gear you have already. Guiding is a game changer if you can do it, then think about telescope attachment somehow. Telescopes are obviously better, as are dedicated AP cameras, but everyone who's honest would advise build up in stages - EQ mount, use wh
  2. Nice one Andy! I was out last night for my first ever guiding effort and happy to report I had some success with this. I've just updated my RPi post with my setup images and description of what I was doing and how I arrived at success (or at least things got working!). Have a read and see if there's anything that you may be able to take from it as a relative newbie? Pleased for you that you've had success also! Hope you have more clear skies soon to get out more!
  3. So final update to this I think (at least for now). In effort to get better guiding and understand better setup technique, I'd read about Drift-Alignment (remember I've only done visual up to now, and with (AZEQ6Pro setup in) Alt-Az) and found Bill Gwynne's YouTube Video outstanding. I've had a blocked view of Polaris due to large tree (more on that later...) so copied Bill's drift-alignment when it was clear (for a period!) on Friday night. I was delighted to see the drift-plots came almost horizontal during my setup, indicating the mount was getting closer to correct polar alignment. Cloud
  4. Nice one Andy! What changed? Or was this one of these "I'll just try one last time in hope?!" We've all been there (or I'd guess most have as it's in line with the 'turn it off and turn it on' approach)! And to confuse you further, I've just spied Svbony SV305Pro, so yes, you can use Svbony cameras to guide! Although again you're into price realm of the 'well used' type! Keep us posted though as to what you decide. It's tips like this that suggest you can do it on a reasonable budget!
  5. Hi Jon, just spied your gear list. Can you confirm if the sv105 or sv305 work "seamlessly" with PHD2? I guess Andy had the initial question about these working as Guiding and it'd be useful to know if there are other cheaper cameras available that actually connect and could be used potentially for Guiding? My initial concern was seeing reports and specs about the svbony cameras limit of 1sec exposure times... Can PHD2 override this and allow exposures up to, say, 5 sec? 2 secs seem to be the typical for zwo guiding. Just a thought...
  6. Hi Andy, I understand your comment about just wanting it to "just work" only too well! Agreed that a simple fool-proof method is necessary for us all! And in answer to your last question, "Yes, any is better than none if setup is reasonable" but I think you know that So the 2nd port on the ZWOs etc (as we've established you already know) is only when you're using ST4 for guiding. Yes, you can use it by setting PHD2 to control the mount 'via camera' I think the option is. But would love to help and get you running without this (directly from PC). Can I suggest you look at https://ed
  7. Duh! When Google just works... https://www.svbony.com/blog/using-the-sv105-and-sv205-as-a-guide-camera-with-PHD2 Although then one finds https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/623451-svbony-sv105 with one of the admins saying about the 1sec time limit again although others saying guiding is fine! Eugh! https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/16030617321 For <£40, is getting one to try worth it or is it just wiser to ignore these and go to the better options?
  8. Hi Andy, Reading this last post sounds a little familiar to my first connections... I tried using USB via Stellarium connected into the bottom of the hand controller and was initially able to connect and goto, then I started noting odd results (handset date would jump to 2050 and other things, and I couldn't get goto working). So switched to just using handset for setup, then discovered the wifi dongle, used it for a bit via smartphone to do initial alignment, and then Stellarium app on phone as the go-to, meaning doing away with computer. This setup is great for my visual work and work
  9. Hi Andy, Sorry that we're not being more help here. Can you send photos of your available connections, into mount, controller, computer etc, and we'll try to explain better - I'm a newbie to this too, so facing the steep learning curve, but want to help with my findings as I learn! As Jon says, Stellarium doesn't guide, it's a 'go-to' program. Equivalent to other users is KStars. Sure you'll have heard/seen this mentioned plenty on SGL. We use 'Ekos', which is the connection to all hardware, which then talks to the mount via the 'INDI' protocol. Equivalent to INDI is ASCOM (as I unders
  10. What an amazing image! 'nuff said!
  11. In a nutshell, the same cable used to connect to the controller (as step 3). These are the USB-B type. Step 5... Once you use Stellarium to slew to object, start PHD2 and it should pass the 'pulses' to the mount via the USB to handset to the mount, effectively keeping the guide star in the same position, meaning the mount is correctly tracking, i.e. "guiding"! ST4 adds the extra complication that the computer sends info back to camera for the camera to send to the mount. If you have USB to mount, this does the work for you Unless I've got it completely wrong! My setup requires 3
  12. Hi @SiD the Turtle, thanks for your input. I'd rather have lots of comments to view through and try to figure out which setup is likely to be best for me... Had thought about using PHD2 just from the amount of readily available help it seems to offer, and I've looked at PHD GUI compared to the internal kstars guiding one, just to get focus and connections tested, but once focused, star select, then press 'go' just sounds nice! (as appears to be case with PHD, not that I've got into the internal one yet...) Not looked at plate solving, need to get the above setup completed and at least try
  13. Hi @Newforestgimp, Not sure if this is off your topic, but I know I'd looked at the Svbony cameras for potential guiding, but had found a couple of folks saying their exposure times were limited to max of 1sec. I'm new to imaging and have had a steep learning curve (see my other posts, particularly this one) and use the Svbony guide scope (240 f/4) which I got off eBay for <£60 and a T7C camera (again under £70) which I ran into a couple of issues with but think they're now resolved, again commented in the linked post. I went down this route after watching the "astro on budget" youtube vi
  14. @alacant, misunderstood your initial post - the RPi has both USB2 & USB3, so didn't think it was reference to firmware. Updated camera on the RPi, and now connects and gets image to EKOS. Now just for a clear night and will get everything connected up and running! Thanks again!
  15. Lots of interesting comments here about wifi ability, still have to get the system out into the garden outside, but for the first part, the setup will just be literally 6ft from the house - damp garden following the snow etc, so will work on the patio initially so I don't visualise the <5m being a problem for the wifi strength! @gilesco sums this up perfectly - use wifi if possible when running kstars on the RPi and one would be daft to use it without ethernet if not running kstars hard-wired to the mount in some capactity! Next query though... My guide camera is struggling to work wit
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