Hi. Last night was my first attempt with SGP and was hoping to run a simple sequence. I completed most of my setup as I always have (Target centering, CCD setup/cooldown, focusing, guider calibration and initiation, etc) before even opening SGP, My main reason for switching to SGP was for the dithering capabilities with PHD2 and so I just wanted to run a sequence with dithering. All the devices seemed to connect fine. I chose dithering parameters based on others suggestions with a FL 2300 and imaging scale of 0.65". I couldn’t get the sequence to initiate as initial “guider settling” would not complete. Of note, it was a particularly bad “seeing” night so the PHD graph which usually shows RMS error in the 0.3-0.5" range was about 0.7" and the “distance” reported by SGP was often more than 1 (pixel?). When I increased the value from 0.3 to 2, it seemed to complete settling, but I still had issues initiating a sequence. The log file is here:
One more question if I may. I am perfectly happy with my temperature compensating focuser (TCF-SI) and entered 83 steps/degree which I had previously determined and checked the temp compensate box in SGP focuser tab. I don’t intend to use any other autofocus routine. Do I need to check the “use autofocus” box or set any parameters within SGP. Or should I just try to run the Optec program independently of SGP (I seem to have difficulty doing this on a dry run).
Thanks so much.
BTW, my equipment are: QSI540wsg, Edge9.25, Lodestar x 2/PHD2, Optec TCF-SI, Avalon M Uno