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I have a telescope -SkyWatcher Explorer-130P SupaTrak Newtonian Reflector auto Telescope and it has a heavy duty tracking device ( pic attached). I have had this scope for a few years and did pretty much basic with this and never understood how to use this device. I have the time now to spend with the scope during this social distancing time and I am totally unaware of how to efficiently use the tracking. I know how to move up, down, left and right. I don't think it has wifi and it looks very basic ...please can someone explain how to set this up. Pleaseeeeee can someone help .......I have searched everywhere but I can't find any material on this.
Also , If i buy SynScan ( with wifi ) will it work with my scope? Thanks in advance xx
I'm trying to figure out the cause of these weird star shapes I'm getting with my 130pds. I had them before, but someone narrowed it down to being pinched optics. So I loosened the primary retention clips, which seemed to fix the problem. Now that I've been able to get back out for another night of imaging, they seem to be back again! I made sure that the primary retention clips are still loose - should they be touching the mirror or not? I've also made sure that the primary collimation locking screws aren't done up too tight as well. Collimation through my cheshire looks to be spot on to me. Here's my image of Andromeda with the odd stars in question:
Eagle Nebula - Messier 16
Skywatcher Quattro 10" f4 Newtonian.
Skywatcher AZ Eq6 GT Mount
Orion 80mm f5 guide scope and auto guider - PHD2.
Baader MPCC Mark 3 Coma Corrector, UHC-S 'nebula' filter.
Nikon D5300 (unmodified).
Field of view (deg) ~ 1.35 x 0.90.
ISO800, 14bit NEF, Long Exp. NR on.
33 x 180sec (1/3 before & 2/3 after zenith)
New Moon, 4deg C, 75%RH, moderate LP.
PixInsight and Photoshop
I downloaded a trial version of PixInsight yesterday and this is my first attempt to use it on one of my captures from last year.
The colour is much better and overall noise is lower. "Harry's tutorials" have helped enourmously but I think it will take me a while to master even a small number of the many functions that PixInsight contains.