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The Celestron 14 is mounted on a Paramount ME that I have been using for about 10 years now - you can see that it is mounted on a tripod so is a portable set up. I still manage to transport it on my own and set it all up even though I have just turned 70! It will run for hours centering galaxies in the 12 minute field even when tripod mounted.


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Day 119 Saturday 19th July 2014 Setting up the ASI Autoguider in PHD

Another day with no imaging or observing. A very windy day - I checked the security of the tie down straps on the Paramount and the CGEM. Cloudy later but no rain.

I spent some time getting the CGEM setup ready.

I initially set up the CGEM and checked the operation of the connection to The SKyX and the Canon camera connection to APT as I had used it earlier in the year from my previous Spanish location. 

I then downloaded the manual for the ZWO ASI CM camera from the ZWO website and installed the driver for the camera from the website. I also downloaded PHD to control the guiding. I found it necessary to install ASCOm and an ASCOM driver for the camera as in the manual.

This is the process setting up with PHD


I can't do any more until it is dark but here is a good explanation of using PHD from Forrest Tanaka.