Re: Weird tracking artifacts

Roland Christen

By the way, the majority of the tracking error in your images is drift due to polar misalignment and the fact that you are not using a model. For such a large scope and long focal length you really cannot do unguided imaging unless you reduce the periodic error below 1 arc sec (can be done on the 1600), AND also make an extensive accurate all-sky model with APPM. Then you might be able to get 5 minutes or more unguided.


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From: uncarollo2 <chris1011@...> via <chris1011@...>
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Sent: Sat, Jun 20, 2020 2:29 pm
Subject: Re: [ap-gto] Weird tracking artifacts

Classic periodic error. Every mount has that to some extent (except for encoder mounts), is well known by imagers. Can be mostly eliminated with periodic error correction using a program like PEMPro - the gold standard of PE programs.


-----Original Message-----
From: Hemant Hariyani <hemanthariyani@...>
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Sent: Sat, Jun 20, 2020 2:24 pm
Subject: [ap-gto] Weird tracking artifacts

Hello all,

I am using a Meade 16 inch f/8 (FL - 3250 mm) on AP1600 GTO with AE. I am seeing some weird tracking artifacts in my images. I cannot go beyond a minute or so unguided.

A couple of nights ago, I tried live stack of m57 with 30s sub exposures.

As you can see in m57_livestack.jpg, there seems to be a "wavy" drift in the image. I saved individual images (30s x 20) and after stacking in PixInsight, the same error is seen on noise (m57_stacked.jpg) - but the pattern is clearer because of smaller structures.

Each 30s exposure itself was just fine as you can see from cleaned up m57.jpg. Guiding was not enabled. If this was polar alignment error, I would have thought it'd follow a more linear drift.

Any ideas on what could be causing this?


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