Yes, guiding is one of the big challenges of astrophotography, … and more for some of us who cannot afford the great, state-of-the-art, but very expensive, mounts out there.
It’s been some time since I introduced an alignment run every night, as part of my routine. I do so with Pempro, a great utility. Although this step takes valuable time off of my session, it really pays off, as guiding is smoother. As it’s commonly said, the best guiding is the one that isn’t needed at all.
The result of my improvements are two images. The first is M27, the Dumbbell nebula in Vulpecula:
And the second is part of the Sharpless 2-132 complex in Cepheus: Continue reading Improving the guiding during August 2013… and results