Guiding for Boys

And girls, and indeed astroimagers of any other persuasion.

I’ve finally assembled all the bits I need to start guided imaging. Whilst I have an ST80 that I plan to use eventually, for the moment I have a Skywatcher 50mm finder adapted to take a QHY5L-II camera that fits into the finder shoe on my 127 Mak.

I’m using AstroArt5 for imaging at the moment, but I couldn’t get it to play nicely with the QHY camera at the same time so ended up dropping back to that old standard PHD for doing the guiding.

There’s a real mess of cables now. I’m going to have to do something about that.

This isn’t a great image — the Moon was far too bright for it to be that successful, but the subs are 90 seconds long (compared with my previous limit of 45) and I’ve really not put much effort into drift alignment yet.


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