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You are always better to under expose than over expose. Over exposure can/will blow the stars out. Usually resulting in Halos around the bright stars. Next to impossible to fix in post.

You have the start of trailing on this (/) angle. I might try 300 sec exposures OR you'll have to improve your guiding RMS. May be a PA issue also.
 

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You are always better to under expose than over expose. Over exposure can/will blow the stars out. Usually resulting in Halos around the bright stars. Next to impossible to fix in post.

You have the start of trailing on this (/) angle. I might try 300 sec exposures OR you'll have to improve your guiding RMS. May be a PA issue also.
PA is fairly close considering that SkyWatcher apparently has an issue getting their polar scope lenses aligned correctly. I had to adjust this one (and then also reset the polar scope alignment) on the mount... and even then it's still off so that 9 o'clock actually is around 10'ish. So I have to base looking at the phone app and then "judge" the appropriate location in the scope. Once I learn to use the PA in Stellarmate I probably won't have as much issue with that.... I really need to watch a video on how to use the PA ability. Get the rough done with the internal scope, then fine tune with Stellarmate PA.
I know the better your PA is, as long as your RA/DEC is steady, you can get much longer exposures. I was probably pushing it at 5 minutes with the issues I have with my mount, but wanted to try it.
 

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Use the PA tool in SM. It works well. Simple easy and accurate.
 

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Use the PA tool in SM. It works well. Simple easy and accurate.
Problem I have is that I have to align the stars with the hand controller before SM takes over.... then start the alignment that the mount requires before it can communicate with INDI/EKOS.... of course, once I do that, I'm no longer pointing at the north. If I try manually moving the mount back with the hand controller or even SM, when I start the PA routine, it never slews to the points... and then SM quits responding and the RPi reboots.
 

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Well that's weird. Have you set the park position in your HC AND SM? (and saved in SM)
 
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