Re: My best < Your worst - Why doesn't anything work?
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1) Polar alignment has to be very accurate. To me it looks like you have a polar alignment issue. Use Sharpcap to help you with this. Initially make sure that Polaris is visible in your reticle scope. If you are using the same location outside, mark that spot. It will make subsequent set ups much easier. You won't have to use your reticle scope then...
2) Do you have the right files downloaded in APT to do platesolving? In addition you have to modify some of the directories. Here is a tutorial on that by Astroquest1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01sWypHU7vo&t=64s)
3) If you have sag or tilt in your focuser so that your stars are not round, this too will throw off platesolving. Stars have to be round! So no wedge or tilt in your optical train.
4) You have to be quite accurate in determining the focal length, pixel array of your guidescope and guidecamera. This too will make difference in whether plate solving will work.
Don't give up! This is a brutal hobby. Many are ready to help you because we have all experienced your frustrations.
On Sat, 23 Nov 2019 at 10:45, Burks21 <nygburks2121@...> wrote:
I've had my iExos-100 for nearly 1.5 months and I've yet to taken any better photos than what I was doing by lying the camera on a picnic table and aiming it. Yes, it's that bad.