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So I've got EQMOD set up, APT and Sterallium, all working fine. Problem is APT doesn't support fuji cameras, and whether I pick APT or Sterallium to go to an object I'm finding i still have to do a bit of slewing to get it bang on the target (not much, but a little). I've also got PHD2 set up too and working.
Is there any other ways I can plate solve with these programs or is there another program I can use?
I run a Youtube Channel and as part of that I like to live stream the telescope. But the problem is lack of consistency.
Orion EON 110, Meade 10" SCT
Orion Mount - Exos2-PMC. Meade Mount 'push to' alt az with clockwork drive
APT, SharpCap, PHD2, Stellarium, ASCOM Hub
Focal Lengths Orion 660mm, Guide Scopes 188mm, SCT 2500mm
Powered USB for ZWO cameras (120 and 294)
Here is what happens:
Cameras, sometimes work, sometimes don't. I am not making the mistake of trying to get APT and SharpCap to view the same camera. I used APT for the guide scope and SharpCap for the main tube and the 294. Sometimes APT will take an image, sometimes it will do live view, sometimes both, sometimes neither. It is very distracting to the stream to spend an HOUR turning the computer off and on, plugging, unplugging and replugging the cameras just to get them to image.
When I do get an image it plate solves at the NCP, but if you move away, setting the coordinates to the scope position or the object I am looking at, it doesn't consistently plate solve. Sometimes it does, sometimes not. It is completely irregular and can change within a session.
Not all three plate solving means even work, for blind solve,
ASTAP never seems to work, either in point craft or locally stand alone
PS2 and ASPS work intermittently, as above
I did download all the catalogs and they are in the default directories.
This is very frustrating and I was wondering if anyone else is having this issue or has suggestions.
After digging trough some code, I found the command line option of platesolve2 plate solver. Maybe useful for some (script) programmers:
PlateSolve2.exe (Right ascension in radians),(Declination in radians),(x dimension in radians),(y dimension in radians),(Number of regions to search),(fits filename),(wait time at the end)
De wait time is optional. The 6 of 7 parameters should be separated by a comma. The values should have a decimal point not a comma. Example: platesolve2.exe 4.516,0.75,0.0296,0.02268,999,1.fit,0
The plate center result [rad] RA,DEC is reported in the first line of a text file with extension .APM
I have an old C8-N with drives and a handset with an ST4 port. I'm using an Arduino to do small jobs around my setup like exposure control, electronic focusing, guiding and small GOTOs through the handset (large ones take too long).
The first three work nicely, by my GOTO is all over the place and I've just realised that whether I'm looking toward the Eastern horizon or the Western one must mean that I need to invert my Dec movements. Is this the case? Is this the only effect of the meridian flip? The RA axis keeps on chugging (and I don't mean collecting for charity) in the same old direction, but Dec needs be inverted.
Is there a proper name for these two modes, like "Western mode" and "Eastern mode", or before and after midnight?
What else should I look out for?
Good evening chaps (and chappettes), the clouds have rolled in so I thought i'd use my time wisely. I'm currently running a 200PDS on a G11, Gemini 1L4, with C2A as my planetarium and PHD2 as it's awesome. All is well, my alignment is great, and i manage good 5min subs from my dslr. 10mins works too if I bother to drift align (mod 1100d).
However, I have an issue. I can't get my head around the meridian flip. If I nip outside at an opportune time and ask C2A to do it for me, then it asks for all sorts of parameters that i don't know. Do I just make them up? I've upped the slew speed to 1500 in the losmandy driver, as i've put hi torque motors on my G11 and it's great. Still Gem1, L4, but since i use a PC i don't miss Gem2. Do I put similar numbers into C2A, and if so, what is the centering and guide speed??
I've also bought SGP, but I am reticent to waste a valuable clear night playing with it, when I could be imaging... I'm sure we've all been in this situation! Same reason I haven't put the 120ED with moonlite motor focuser on the mount yet. Actually, that isn't true... That one isn't on there as the wife might see it and realise I've been shopping again! Please someone tell me SGP is worth learning. Currently it looks alien to me....
But really... Do i have to bite the bullet and embrace SGP, and if so, can someone point me to a decent newbie tutorial? or am I missing something mega obvious in C2A...
thanks, as ever.