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Off axis auto guiding on comets


  1. My equipment and software to do off axis guiding on comets
  2. Setup of PHD2 Beta
  3. Setup of CdC (Skychart) Betaversion
  4. Start comet guiding in PHD2
  5. Overview of Astroserver Screen
  6. Test on comet C/2014 W2 Pan-STARRS

I take no responsibility or liability for what are written here, you use the information at your own risk!

2: Setup of PHD2 Beta

PHD2 (Push Here Dummy 2) has a really nice support implemented for comet guiding. Before starting the comet auto guiding enter the guide telescope's focal length and guide cameras pixel size (you find it under the brain symbol). Then do a calibration of PHD2 and then let it guide on a star nearby the comet. You must have all that working before proceed.

Enable server:

PHD2 setup comet tracking 1

Don't forget to enable the server in PHD2 ! That's the way PHD2 communicate with other software, EQMOD, CdC etc.

Find comet's speed:

Under tools in PHD2 you have a tool to calculate the comets dRA and dDEC (relative speed).

Setup comet tracking PHD2 2

A new menu popup like the one above. You can calculate the comets speed relative stars and enter it here. Alternative you can get it from some other data source:

But I think it's much easier to use CdC (Skychart)

I also have a small tutorial how to find comets: How to find these exciting comets ?Which can be of help. If needed you can use my: Angle Calculatorto get the correct format of the data.

I will not describe in more detail here how to do it in this way, there is a more automatic solution.

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