DEC Guiding Problems

I often read in Astrophotography forums about trouble with guiding in DEC.   Folks put in the time to get a great polar alignment and even though only very small adjustments need to be made, the guider seems to have troubles…  non-response, then overshoot,  periodic corrections that seem to come too late and allow too much DEC Guiding Problems

Notes on the CGE

In mid 2008, I purchased a new CGE to set up as a semi-permanent mount on my backyard pier.  I’ve now had about a year and a half of working with the mount and thought I’d list some things I learned about the mount and note some of my likes, dislikes, experiences, and preferences.  At Notes on the CGE

Introduction to FLATs

What are Flats? How do you take them? How are they applied? I keep seeing these questions in novice astrophotography forums. This post is intended to answer this questions in basic terms and not get too bogged down in the details. The concepts of what flats are and how they’re applied are pretty easy, and Introduction to FLATs

Comment on the Weather

Go ahead…  make my day.  Tell me how good or bad your weather is.  Lemme tell ya’, this PNW weather is dragging me down. I’ll start,  It’s Nov 28.  The last chance I had  to do some astrophotography (actually just good enough to do some mount testing) was on the 13th, the time before that Comment on the Weather