Bruce and Andy have compiled a list of best practices for PHD2. These aren’t “must-do’s”, but they represent lessons learned from both personal experience and from analyzing hundreds of log files covering a wide range of equipment configurations. Download: PHD2 Best Practices
Bruce has contributed a new PHD2_Broker package that lets you use PHD2 with the latest CCD Autopilot automation package (v 5.09.8 or later). You can manage your imaging sessions with CCD Autopilot while letting PHD2 handle guiding and dithering in a coordinated way. Details are provided in the help document that’s part of the Broker package. Download: PHD2_Broker download
A tutorial on how to interpret your Guide Log and improve your guiding performance, by Bruce Waddington. Highly recommended! Download PDF
A tutorial on using PHD2’s Comet Tracking tool for off-axis guiding on comets, by Lars Karlsson.
Bruce Waddington has contributed a new PHD2 dithering application. This handy utility can be used to dither PHD2 from applications like MaxIm that do not have built-in support for PHD dithering. Download: PHD_Dither 1b
Recently Andy Galasso sat down with The Astroimaging Channel to discuss PHD2 via Google Hangouts. You can watch the session here :
Andy Galasso has written this PHD2 Log File viewer for quickly visualizing your guiding performance and spotting problems in your PHD2 Guide Log.
Details here : http://adgsoftware.com/phd2utils/
The drift align tool in PHD2 can be used to quickly obtain a precise polar alignment of your equatorial mount. The process takes a little bit of practice, but after doing it a few times, you should be able to obtain an accurate polar alignment in minutes.
The tutorial was written by Andy and converted to PDF by Doug Duncan.