Viewing time period – 19:33 – 05:12
Once again unto the darkness ……….
I started setting up before dusk and the scope was ready for my on the patio once darkness had fallen. The first thing to do was use Polemaster to get the polar alignment roughly done.
@19:43 finished Polar alignment and started PHD2 drift alignement
@20:07 finished drift aligning in Dec
@20:23 after doing the washing up I am now back to do the drift alignment of the altitude
@20:29 finished drift alignment in the altitude and did not need to adjust
@20:43 slewed to M35 and set the camera temp -25℃ and its running at 40%. I have set Gain to 7 and Offset to 30
I then joined the BAS Zoom call along with many others from the society. I shared my screen and explained the problem I was having that the DEC axis was still drifting. Mil Dave took me through the settings and it transpired that I had the Dec Guide Mode set to North rather than Auto. This meant it was not correcting for the error as it drifted South., I set to Auto and PHD started to correct! It now works 🙂 Thanks Mil Dave!
@21:20 I had started gathering 5min exposures of M35
@23:00 finished capturing M35 now waiting for M65 Trio in Leo to go across the meridian
@23:46 started imaging Trio in Leo although there is some high level cloud
MUST REMEMBER TO TAKE FLATS TOMORROW!