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  1. FOOTNOTE: Just arrived in to post tthis morning purchased on https://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/, an upgradable, used v4 handset, that already sports the latest firmware. Problem solved.
  2. Well thanks everyone. I've got my answer (which is what I suspected) that I have a Handset to early/old to be upgradable, namerly v2.2.
  3. Here is the reason! https://www.nexstarsite.com/OddsNEnds/GPSRollover.htm Throughout that time, Celestron used GPS receivers from a variety of manufacturers. Some of the receivers are affected by the week rollover and some are not. As of April 2019, the following are known to be affected CPC mounts manufactured up until sometime in 2012 CN-16 modules NexStar 8/11 GPS mounts manufactured after sometime in late 2002, generally shipped with the version 2.2 hand control. These mounts are actually reporting a date 17 years in the past. NexStar 9.25 GPS mounts. These mounts are actually reporting a date 17 years in the past. I've soldiered on setting date/time manually since 2019, but I may be parting with my trusted NexStar GPS 9.25" soon so I feel I should install the update and have the kit working as it should.
  4. Which is exactly what I want to do, but it seems handset version before V4 cannot be upgraded. Sadly there seems no physical indication which version you have of the pre-NexStar+ sets.
  5. Well Still no definate proof what vesion the handset is. Seems to be a V4, but when I try to update its firmware I stick on the very first stage. so possibly it isn't. One is supposed to hold down the hand control's UNDO and INFO buttons at the same time and turn on the power to the scope. Release the buttons and the hand control should now display "Transmit Data...". Mine doesn't - it just starts.
  6. Here is the firmware screen under Utilities. Give me no clue as to the version of the Handset.
  7. Does this confirm it is V4? My scope is the Celestron NexStar 9.25" GPS, but bought 3rd hand so I do not know if this is the orginals Handset.
  8. Perhaps A silly question but ho do I identify which Celestron handset I have?
  9. Well I'm not an expert as I only had mine on Wednesday. I haven't found the manual terrible helpful. But I assume from what you say you do not want the SAM (Star Adventurer Mini) to control your camera. If that is the case your camera must have an interval timer as a feature so you can set that seperately from the SAM yourself. The SAM will only control the shots if you have one of the cameras listed in the manual and you have obtained a connecting cable. I have managed to get mine to work, though it has not been clear enough to take it outside yet. If you are controlling the camera yourself I suggest: 1: set up the SAM. I am just aligning it manually with the sight on top while I'm getting to know it. 2: Sit your camera on it and programme the interval timer. 3: Set up the network connection and start the App on your phone. 4: When it is connected to the SAM you must enter our Location (I think (hope) you only have to do this once. 5: Choose your slew speed - Sidereal Solar etc. Ignore everything else. 6: select "RUN" 7: Start the interval timer on your camera. 8: switch off the SAM when the camera has finished. Well that what I'm going to try the next clear night we have.
  10. Decided to move on to a motorised camera mount after using this excellent light, battery free and portable device to mount my camera for just over a year. I used a laser pointer to polar align the LX3 rather that purchase the Polar Finder Scope. It fits neatly into the Finder Scope holder and you don't have to be a contortionist to use if. Full details and manual here: https://www.omegon.eu/camera-mounts/omegon-mount-mini-track-lx3/p,62043#tab_bar_4_select £85.00 including postage.
  11. That does look as though it might do the job. Thanks!
  12. I have this Celestron Focus Motor (#94142) attached to my scope. I would like to obtain an extension cable that would allow me an extra couple of metres. Any suggestions as to how I could obtain one would be appreciated.
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