This is my third night with a paid version of SGP. I am frustrated & regretting this purchase and hope someone can help.
Here is my setup:
- Paramount MX
- SBIG ST 300M
- FW-8300 8 position filter wheel
- SBIG STi autoguider
- Robofocus on my Tak FS60CB telescope
For the life of me I am unable to connect both the SBIG cameras.
I have tried first connecting the ST8300 through SGP as my main camera + the filter wheel.
Camera + FW, Paramount MX, and Robofocus connect just fine.
After a bit of trial & error, I can also get PS2 to plate solve. [A side question: I can only provide a RA & DEC hint ie starting point. How do I provide a scale hint? In fact I know the exact scale. Is there any way to provide it? ]
The Main Issue is the one described below:
When I try to connect to PHD2, there is no way to specify the STi SBIG camera. I can only select SBIG and when I click on the squiggly arrow, I only get an option to connect to USB, or other ports like Ethernet or LPTx. There is no way to specific connecting to the SBIG STi camera.
So I tried a few experiments
I first connected to PHD2 via control panel & it asks if I want to connect to ST8300 or STi and I can choose STi. I am able to calibrate PHD2 this way & even guide.
I can then connect to the main camera, ie ST8300M through a previously saved sequence.
Here is where it gets frustrating: when I try to run a sequence, it tries to reconnect PHD2 to a camera, and since SGP has already connected to ST8300M, now PHD2 can no longer connect to STi auto guider camera since it reverts back to SBIG generic camera & the squiggly arrow only allows me to connect to USB or LPT port etc. and I have no way to connect to STi.
The sequence aborts & I cannot run a sequence.
Net net, I dont know what to do. I have automation software that does not work in my situation.
Any thoughts of what else I can try?
Is there a work flow where others have used ST8300 and the STi autoguider?