PHD Guiding Exposure Times

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Andy Wilson
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Hi Jack,

That is a good point, I think PHD only goes up to 15 second exposure times. I would suggest 5-15 seconds is fine, unless you are trying to guide on a very bright star.

I expect some people guide with shorter exposures, but I doubt there will be anything to be gained from guide exposures shorter than 5 seconds on your setup.

The longer exposures times of course have the benefit that they allow you to guide on fainter stars.

A good way to find out is to experiment. You can take spectra of the same star with guide times varying from 1 second to 15 seconds and see if you spot a decrease in the signal or an increase in noise.

Best wishes,

Andy