I don't know if this has been asked before but I would love to see in KStars a feature to polar align the mount by imaging the celestial pole region. Exactly what the QHY Polemaster does. There's a
project that has some code in Python, could this be embedded in KStars?
This feature now exists in Sharpcap 2.9 (Windows) where you do not need to buy a dedicated camera and an adapter to attach the camera to the PA scope, you use a either a guide scope with its camera attached or the main camera on the OTA. From what I read, it is working well and the precision is on par with polemaster or other methods.
I would also like to see this in INDI.
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Can someone write a detailed description of how it works? It captures around polaris then asks you to adjust Alt/Az knobs until you center crosshair into some spot? If this is how it works, then it's mostly done in Ekos by "Correct Alt" and "Correct Az" buttons after you calculate the errors. But I guess it could be more user-friendly. Anyway, write a complete description please.
you may find several videos on youtube descripe the QHY Polemaster procedure. This one is particulary intersting:
An advantage I see in such method is that it allows you to align the mount without the need to load it with the whole equipments. Indeed, mount like the EQ6 are _very_ difficult to adjust in ALT once loaded with the OTA and the counter wheights.
So some update on this. All the methods assume a fairly wide FOV. In my setup, I have less than 1x1 degrees with main camera and even less on guide cam. Here are some issues:
1. Small FOV? Sometimes even the NCP is not in the image (in my case at edge on parking)
2. Southern hemisphere?
3. Astrometry fails close to celestial poles. Maybe large FOV resolves this?
4. Possible to do astrometry father away from poles, but even then, WCS info would be unreliable this close to the poles.
So how to proceed with this? It's possible to continue using the existing method which is slower than Polemaster but it works on each axis independently. FITS View is now embedded in Align module so it is possible to show visual cues on how to move and adjust without leaving the screen. If there is a method that can work with all the limitations above, please let me know.
the windows software sharpcap 2.9 implements the polar alignment routine. The author mentions that it works best with a finder scope of about 200mm. It seems that his software is not perfectly working at other focal length. I think he mentioned that somewhere in a forum posts ... which I can't find right now.