Friday, September 30, 2016

Almost Perfect Guiding with PHD2 on My AVX Mount

This video shows how my Celestron Advanced VX mount (AVX) guides with PHD2 after using the QHYCCD PoleMaster. The auto guide scope and camera are the Orion ShortTube 80 (ST80) and Starlight Xpress Lodestar X2 Autoguider.

When it comes to guiding, my philosophy is to get the mount guiding on its own well enough so that PHD2 has very little to do.  The important things to focus on for your mount are that it is well balanced (maybe a little easy heavy if your mount requires it).  Next, you need to have very good polar alignment - the PoleMaster is the best tool I've seen yet to solve this problem.   Another important factor is to make sure your autoguide camera is in focus and following a start in the full-width-half-maximum (FWHM) range between 2 and 4.

PHD2 Near Perfect Guiding

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