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Thanks for looking at the logs. I went for the Orion guiding package because of its popularity. I thought it would be more than enough to guide my ED 80 at a 2 arc-sec/pixel imaging scale, but this seems will not be easy according to your comment.
I should then use a Barlow lens as Doug suggest or use a guiding camera with smaller pixels if I wanted to push guiding to seeing/mount limits?
On Jan 12, 2021, at 8:35 PM, Doug Doonan via groups.io <dougdwd@...> wrote:
Hi Jerry and Walter,
Would it be possible to use a 3X Barlow in the guiding scope to increase the guiding to the 2 to3 arc-seconds you suggest?
From: Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering <jrh@...>
Sent: Tue, Jan 12, 2021 2:11 pm
Subject: Re: [ESPMC-Eight] 3-4" RA wiggling while PHD2 guiding with EXOS2-GT PMC-eight #EXOS2 #astrophotography
I am just starting to look at your guide log, but I did notice that your guide camera (an Orion Starshoot Autoguider) with a 5.8 um pixel coupled with your very short focal length guide scope (162 mm) makes you image scale very large at 6.6 arc-sec/pixel. This is a big problem if you are trying to auto guide to < 2-3 arc-seconds and is very difficult to get any better performance. This will especially the case if you seeing is poor.
I will spend some more time looking at your guide log to see if I see anything else.
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