While searching for a solution to the elongated stars in my images online, I stumbled on a Cloudy Nights thread where a gentlemen realized that his QHY5 guiding camera had a loose circuit board inside the camera. I went outside to get my Orion Starshoot Autoguider camera to investigate whether or not I might have the same issue. I
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2 days ago, I reverted back to the piggy-back installation and did a 4 minutes exposure with autoguiding enabled. I no longer had elongated stars in my images. However, with this configuration, I was unable to balance the scope in DEC due to the off-set of the stock CGEM saddle (i.e. the center of the
Tonight here is what I did to try to fix the elongated stars in my images following the changes I’ve made on my setup: Tightened the Guider focuser tension screw Made sure everything was well screwed and solid Re-leveled the Pier 3 stars alignment with the CGEM Polar alignment with the CGEM software Lauched PHD
After installing the main OTA and the guide scope side-by-side using a tamdem bar, eventhough my guiding is now a lot better, I have now elongated stars in my images. Next steps: Spend some time perfecting my polar alignement; Create a slight imbalance on the DEC axis; Testing if those changes correct the problem.