DAY 2 OF THE GREAT MIGRATION TO AUTO GUIDING.................
Poor Neil. He had to come by again, and play around with the ASCOM drivers for the StarShoot.....delete, reinstall, delete again, reinstall again......until he figured out why PHD wasn't seeing the StarShoot. I can't explain what was wrong, but Neil figured it out and got everything working. At least we think everything is working.
So, my next stop is a computer store to pick up a USB hub and a USB extension cord. God help me if any of this stuff malfunctions. I have absolutely no clue why and how any of it works. Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but not far from the truth.
So now, I can sit around in blissful ignorance, waiting for the skies to clear.......not knowing what awaits me on my first night out.
It strikes me that, by going to this setup, I have effectively limited my excuses for bad images. No more can I blame a tiny 80mm scope, short exposures, etc. I definitely need to find some new excuses.
The setup "looks" impressive though, doesn't it?
Orion 6" f/5 imaging Newtonian (750mm focal length)
Orion 80mm ST refractor guidescope (400mm focal length)
Celestron CG5 GT mount
Canon 350D (unmodified) Primary camera
Orion StarShoot II color CCD (guide camera)
Stellarium (scope control)
Nebulosity (data capture)
Deep Sky Stacker (align and stack)
Photo Shop Elements with Carboni Tools (processing)