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Back in the Game – My New Mount!

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My New Mount Sky-Watcher Astrophotography Mount Above: NGC 7000: Imaged Monday, June 3, 2013. 32 subs 5 Minutes Each totoaling 2 Hours 40 Minutes Note: The above image was taken using my old mount last Monday.  After fighting with it for over an hour (mount shutting off, restarting, re-aligning 3 times!) I finally got it to work for one more night! I am officially back in the saddle again! My Celestron CG-5 issues had me a tad depressed about missing imaging time through the absolute best time of year. After the CG-5 was fixed in April, it quickly began acting…

Disaster! – Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount

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Problems with Celestron CG-5 Mount Up until this point, my Celestron CG-5 mount has been very good to me. Despite what I have heard, it has been a quality mount, capable of 5+ minute exposures, no problem (with autoguiding).  Recently though, the power has been cutting in and out.  Last friday night, under clear, dark, moonless skies at the CCCA, I was forced to head home. Devastating!  The frustrating part, is not knowing whether the issue is the power switch, the jack, or the entire power board itself.  The only thing I know for sure is that it is not the ac adapter, as I have t…

Frustrations with PHD Guiding

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M81 and M82I had a heck of a night this Friday at my Astronomy Clubs observatory.  The skies were clear for the first time in weeks, and I was excited to shoot Orion before it gets too low in the sky until next year.  Everything seemed to be going great until it was time to calibrate PHD guiding.  Even though my mount was polar aligned perfectly (I did it several times), PHD would not calibrate (Star did not move enough) I spent almost 3 hours trying to get it to work with no luck.  Since Orion was long gone by then, I decided to change direction and just shoot some unguide…