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deb1919

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  1. Wow, I didn't expect this many replies. I've got a lot of reading to do here. Thank you all. - Doug
  2. I need encouragement. I've been doing basic astrophotography for years and am still much greener than I should be. And the new challenges I've recently taken on have left me wanting to throw in the towel. My scope is a Celestron 150mm Omni XLT refractor. Originally, it was on a CG4 mount, and I had to do everything manually, which provided a good basic education. I added a motor kit, and learned to polar align to the point where I could get about 3 mins of exposure without streaking. Sometimes. I wanted a go-to mount, with enough weight capacity to handle anything I might buy one day. So I picked up a Celestron CGE Pro for a song, when they were on clearance. But this mount uses their All-Star Polar Alignment (ASPA), and has no alignment scope, which pretty much negated everything I'd learned before. ASPA seems like it should work well, but the beginning-to-end alignment procedure has to be pieced together from all different parts of the mount's manual. And for me, it's still just a rote procedure. For most of the steps, I'm just doing them without understanding why they need to be done. So if the alignment doesn't turn out right (usually), I have no idea why. Alignment stars and calibration stars, what's the difference? Why is one step done before another, and not after? I've not been able to find any tutorials that explain things like this. I occasionally get a good alignment, but it's always a crapshoot. And it shouldn't be. Now I'm trying to use autoguiding for the first time. Yes, I know that an autoguider won't make up for a poor alignment, but it would be useful if I happen to get a good one. Been fighting with this for weeks, and I can't make it work. My guide cam seems to connect properly in PHD, but won't display in the window. And I have yet to make it move my mount in any way. And, as with ASPA, I have no idea where to even begin troubleshooting. All the PHD tutorials I've found assume your gear is connected and working when they begin. Mine isn't. And I still have filters and stacking to look forward to. Can't even consider that before resolving all the above issues. So yes, I'm beyond frustrated, and ready to give it up. Or, just revert back to my old limited setup. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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