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M4lcs67

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  1. Hey folks. Have been off SGL for a while, but was interested to see that there are still issues with the Starsense even after all this time. I was/am very interested in it to go on my CG5, but if it still hasn't been fixed then I may end up giving it a swerve until if is 100% fixed. Any heads-up regarding the CG5 would be very welcome. Thanks
  2. Thank goodness I have held off getting the Starsense for now. It has been a good while since I last logged onto this thread and it appears that there are still many people who are having problems. I must say I do agree with you proflight2000. Putting a brand new piece of gear out to market before all the bugs have been fixed then letting the poor consumer be the beta testers for it does appear to be pretty poor. Fair play to Celestron though for setting up their forum where you can report problems and hopefully get them sorted. In the beginning, I was as keen as mustard to get one for my CG5, but I had a last minute change of heart and judging by things it was a good move on my part. I'll leave it a little while longer I think.
  3. Well I stepped outside tonight to go and lock our garden gate. I looked up at the moon to be welcomed by an amazing halo. I have never witnessed one before and I gather it is rare (all the various things need to be present in order to see one). It was very impressive. I tried to take a picture, but my camera wouldn't take the whole thing in, so I just looked and soaked it all up instead. Well pleased.
  4. I went to my local astronomical society last Wednesday (Hebden Bridge) and we had Professor Andy Newsam from LJMU as speaker. http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/NewsUpdate/viewarticle/850/ John Moore University have their own robotic telescope on La Palma and you can dial into that as well. I'm not sure if it is specifically students only though.
  5. I use the Maplin 12v power supply: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/power/maplins-xm21x-7a-138v-regulated-mains-power-supply.html Works great on my CG5.
  6. Thought this was rather good. http://www.waitwow.com/make-scientifically-accurate-cake-planets/
  7. Mine is in a very large plastic Ikea storage box. I bought some cheap cushions at the same time and lay them in the bottom of the box then put the ota in. I even had a purpose built unit made especially to accommodate it under our stairs.
  8. Looks impressive indeed. Spec wise it appears that it could give the Williams Optics 2" diagonal a run for it's money.
  9. That happened to me the first time I went out with my C9.25, Martin. I had a dewshield, but no heater. Within an hour or so the scope was unusable as the front had fogged up. Once I had got a heatertape and controller the problem was solved.
  10. I use the Astrozap heater, controller and also the separate dewshield (although you could opt for the combo version). I have also recently bought the Celestron Luminos 2.25 (2") barlow which I am finding pretty good, although you would need a 2" diagonal. Certainly having a large apeture ota you would be advised to get a 2" diagonal in order to do it justice. Also I have a Hyperion Aspheric 36mm ep which coupled with my 2" gear and the large apeture of the C9.25 does give you some nice wide views of the sky.
  11. Thanks for all your tips, guys. I knew you would come up trumps. Rowan. That table looks to be just the ticket. Compact, but lightweight and full adjustable with a lip around the edge. Not too expensive either. I think that is going to be the one. I will be still keeping my eyepieces in their case as well, but i'll leave the open case on the tabletop.
  12. As the title says, can anyone recommend a suitable plastic/metal table to use for putting things on when out with the scope? I have been looking for something for ages where I can set it up next to the scope and use it for putting eyepieces/accessories on. At the moment I am scrabbling around in my boxes on the ground, so having a decent table where I could lay things out would be great. Also somewhere I can put my glasses down, so I don't break them. Ideally it needs to be smallish for storage, but also rigid and strong enough, also not too light that it gets blown over by a gust of wind. Also a raised edge all the way around to stop things from rolling off. I know my list of requirements is large and indeed I am not sure that such a table exists, but if anyone knows of such a table I would be eternally grateful.
  13. I had a floater removed from my left eye a couple of years ago (my right eye is lazy, so I am pretty much reliant on my left eye for seeing anything). With the floater removal the eye surgeon did a cataract operation at the same time, so they removed my own lens and replaced it with a false one. Unfortunately with this comes the need to wear glasses all the time now. I may have no floater (this was becoming intolerable in it's own way as it was large), but I have gone from not wearing glasses at all to having to wear them all the time now. At the eyepiece I do find it hard as I am constantly having to take my glasses on and off during a session. On to read my hand controller and off when looking down the eyepiece. I have tried keeping them on and the Hyperions offer good eye relief, but I really do need my eyeball right up against the eyepiece, so the only comfortable way for me is to have them off. The constant on and off was initially a real bind, but I have kind of got used to it now. I am always worried about dropping my glasses, but invariably I hold them in my mouth. Maybe I need a small table of sorts next to the scope where I can put my glasses down. This would also serve a dual purpose as I could put my extra eyepieces and accessories on it as well. I am usually scrabbling around in my accessory boxes on the ground looking for things.
  14. I have the AstroZap dewshied as well, but as James said without a heater you can pretty much forget it. I remember when I first bought my C9.25 I just bought a shield on its own. Well my first time out everything seemed ok, but within an hour or so the scope was pretty much unusable because of the dew that had formed on the front of it. Large SCT's are renowned for fogging up. On my old 127 SLT Mak I only needed to use a shield, but for the C9.25 it is mandatory for a heater as well. I use an Astrozap heatertape and controller. Works a treat now. No more calling it a day on my session early because I can't see anything. I can stay out until the bitter end now. I'll suffer from the elements before the scope will now.
  15. I saw Andromeda for the first time in 3 years last week. Under my light polluted skies I knew it was Andromeda as I recognised that unmistakable faint fuzzy smudge.
  16. I had a response from Celestron the other day regarding a couple of things on the StarSense. Hello Malcom, Thank you for contacting Celestron. The equatorial mount problems have been partially resolved. There is still an issue with the All Star Polar Alignment. However, the Starsense will work fine with your mount. The Starsense is updated before it ships to the dealers and any future updates would have to be done through theh CFM and cables as usual. Best Regards WilG Celestron Tech Support ================================================================ Malcolm Spring (malcolmspring@tiscali.co.uk) Posted on: Mar 11 2014 04:15 AM ================================================================ Hello, I am very interested in the StarSense to go with my CG5 but have been aware of some glitches that have occurred with the Starsense/CG5 combination. I knew that a fix was being worked on, but don't know if it has been fully rectified yet. I also know that there is a firmware update for the controller that says that it repairs the issues with the CG5. Again is this the case? Finally, will all future Starsense systems come pre-installed with these firmware updates from the factory or will I need to do it myself by connecting the hand controller to my computer via a serial cable? Thanks for any advice Malcolm Seems that some people are having a few different problems with the StarSense. As some have indicated I have signed up to Team Celestron. That way I will be able to search for updates as they come on line.
  17. Has been windy and cloudy in Halifax for most of the day and now it has stared to drizzle, so no observing for me today.
  18. Certainly the graphics have been vastly updated (obviously), but the opening programme has been very enjoyable. Neil de Grasse Tyson is very good. I had never seen him before, but I like his style. It would have been wonderful if Carl Sagan was still here, but Neil did a damn fine job. I certainly will be tuning into the rest of the series.
  19. I hate the Celestron Manuals. They are not in the least bit helpful. I think they are written by people who have a clear understanding of things and automatically assume that everyone else does as well. I have spent ages trawling through my Celestron manuals in the past in the vain attempt of understanding them. You are not alone.
  20. I own a C9.25 and have it sat on a CG5. Although I haven't used it for AP (purely visual),but from what I have learnt, this combo works for AP. It is the scope that many aspire to own and it is an excellent piece of kit. As others ave said there is no problem with changing the finder. I switched the supplied one for a SkySurfer V without any problems.
  21. Thanks also, Dave. We have been blessed with some great skies for the past few nights, so I had a marathon session the other night. Saw loads. My garden consists of the whole Eastern meridian. I cannot see anything in the West as my house is in the way. It really is only a matter of time before I get one now. I think I have read enough good reports. And also the encouraging info from Celestron as well.
  22. Me too, Steve. While I was out with my scope the other night, I found that getting the mount to align correctly with whatever I put into controller a little bit difficult and invariably the object was out. So I used my new Hyperion Zoom at it's widest focal length to capture the object in the eyepiece then centralised it, zoomed in a bit more then aligned. With this in mind I was/am hoping that the accuracy of the Starsense will be better than the onboard system that the CG5 has.
  23. Good call, Anthony. I have recently messaged Celestron and got their response this morning: Hello Malcom, Thank you for contacting Celestron. The equatorial mount problems have been partially resolved. There is still an issue with the All Star Polar Alignment. However, the Starsense will work fine with your mount. The Starsense is updated before it ships to the dealers and any future updates would have to be done through theh CFM and cables as usual. Best Regards WilG Celestron Tech Support ================================================================ Malcolm Spring (malcolmspring@tiscali.co.uk) Posted on: Mar 11 2014 04:15 AM ================================================================ Hello, I am very interested in the StarSense to go with my CG5 but have been aware of some glitches that have occurred with the Starsense/CG5 combination. I knew that a fix was being worked on, but don't know if it has been fully rectified yet. I also know that there is a firmware update for the controller that says that it repairs the issues with the CG5. Again is this the case? Finally, will all future Starsense systems come pre-installed with these firmware updates from the factory or will I need to do it myself by connecting the hand controller to my computer via a serial cable? Thanks for any advice Malcolm
  24. I did a marathon session the other night which included Mars. When it actually came into view it was still relatively low in the sky and not very clear or sharp. I couldn't crank up the mag as the seeing was poor. With that in mind I couldn't see any detail. That was also the case with Saturn which appeared about an hour later. Again not clear so it was pointless in increasing the mag as all it would have done is made a bad situation even worse. Earlier in the evening however I viewed Jupiter and that was very high in the sky and as such was nice and clear. Still couldn't go mad with the mag, but it was much better than with Mars and Saturn.
  25. Thats great, Anthony. I'll be very interested in your results.
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