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Has anyone had any experience installing ASCOM driver onto the EQM 35 pros SynScan hand controller for using with PHD2? I'm watching a tutorial using PHD2 and the chap is using ASCOM for connecting his computer to his guide camera instead of using a cable. So the computer becomes the middle man instead of the mount.
First of all mine english is not so good so sorry for that.
I am a new to astrophotography. And my setup is
Mount : Skywatcher EQM 35 PRO
Tube : Skywatcher Explorer 150PDS (newtonian)
Camera : Canon 550D
Guide scope : Svbony 60mm compact guide scope
Guide cam : Svbony SV105
I know my setup is weak and cheap but for now I have them (budged problem )
I started the hobby at May and I took some photos that not bad for beggining. I reached 60-90 seconds without guiding.
After that I thought that the time for starting improve the guiding and I bought guiding scope and cam. I know the cam is not for guiding but it was cheap, and I am planing to change it with mono guide cam (like zwo asi120 mono) at next months.
But my first experience for PHD2 was terrible.
I've detected some errors and tried to fix them.
First thing there was a unbalancing. I mounted the guide scope on the position of finder scope which is very close to edge of the main scope.
So I fixed it (after the night I tried to guide with PHD2) and put it on the bracelet (over and middle of the main tube)
And second thing was that there is a backlash and I tried to fix it too. I opened to gear of dec and adjusted to gear mesh.
Except them the alignment was not so good because location was in the city (bortle scale 9) and I haven't got finder scope as you know. So I am not sure that if the stars (3 star alignment method) are correct because with nacked eye I could't see them. Next time I will do better alignment with finder for sure.
After them I am planing to try next weekend again. But before that I need your advises to eliminate the problems which I couldn't detect or I don't how to fix them.
For example I can not see any pulse for RA on the graph what does it mean and how can I fix it.
And also I am not sure if there is any problem with ascom. There is no option in the drop list for EQM 35 PRO. So I choose ASCOM.SkyWatcher.Telescope and I downloaded/installed ascom driver from webpage of skywatcher.
Question, is my pier out of level if I'm trying to PA (with asiair pro) and both directions are moving when I adjust the alt bolts? I can't get the mount polar aligned.
Mount neq6 pro
Pier mounted on a concrete slab
OTA c8 with .63 reducer
Camera asi294mc pro
Thanks in advance
By Padraic M
How can I set up APT so that it always connects by default to my imaging camera? I have an irritating problem that APT will regularly connect to my guide camera, even though that camera is already connected in Phd2.
I have created two APT shortcuts on the desktop, one specifying camera 2 (which usually is the guidecam) and the other specifying camera 1 (which is usually the imaging camera), but it looks like cameras 1 and 2 are not absolutely assigned to the ASI1600mm (imaging) and ASI290MC (guiding).
At APT startup, in the log it will say 'Connected to ASI1600mm' and then imediately say 'sensor size 5.6mmx3.2mm'. Then I know I have a problem as it's obviously not the 1600! I can usually sort it out by disconnecting, Shift-Connecting (to get the camera selection dialog), and selecting cameras 1 and 2 until I get the correct sensor size.
There must be a better way?