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    Question Need Autoguiding Solutions!



    Getting equipped for some ap. I was looking to buy the Celestron Nexguide. Wondering if anyone has tried it and if so how has it worked out? Also taking suggestions as to what i should buy.

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    Default Re: Need Autoguiding Solutions!

    Quote Originally Posted by scotty.gathers View Post
    Getting equipped for some ap. I was looking to buy the Celestron Nexguide. Wondering if anyone has tried it and if so how has it worked out? Also taking suggestions as to what i should buy.

    thx
    My 1st attempted auto guiding was with the Celestron Nexguide camera auto guiding system using the Celestron guide scope. I struggled through getting it working 3 times and very rapidly came to the conclusion that any PHD based system would be better and initially I replaced the Celestron Nexguide camera with the Orion Star Shoot Auto Guide (SSAG) camera which is a vastly superior system. However as time passes, technology advances, and I presently am using a ZWO ASI120MM camera for auto guiding. The ZWO ASI120MM is a much more sensitive camera and It has a brighter higher contrast image as compared to the SSAG camera.

    There have been some recent developments and advances in auto guiding technology and today, one has better choices available. My recommendation would be to go with the AstroTech 50 mm guide scope, with the ZWO ASI120MM camera using PHD for auto guiding software:.

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    Default Re: Need Autoguiding Solutions!

    My guide scope and camera (the ones Mitch mentions) will be here tomorrow. Forecast is clear skies this weekend. I'll be giving it a shot.

    Chris
    OTA's: TPO 10" f/4 Newtonian, Celestron 8" EdgeHD SCT, 0.7x Edge reducer lens, Astro-Tech AT65EDQ, Astro-Tech 50mm guide scope
    Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount MX+, iOptron CEM60
    Cameras: Atik 383L+ mono with EFW2 filter wheel (36mm filters), Canon T2i - self-modded with Baader IR filter, ZWO ASI120MC, QHY5L-II mono, LodeStar X2
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