I am looking to start plate solving for the very first time using my SBIG STF-8300c and Orion EON 80mm. I think I will use Elbrus for the solver which I haven’t installed yet. I watched the video tutorial and it looks plenty simple but I do have a few questions. Where do you get a reference image to plug into the solver? Can it be any picture on the target? Can you just type in the targets name without an internet connection and it will know how to plate solve the target? At home I have an internet connection but at my dark site I do not so I’m trying to make sure I know how to use the plate solving without a connection.
Also I have never checked in the daytime to see but does anyone know if the 8300c CCD is flipped or not?