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  1. Yes, the automotive loom is split the entire length, so adding or subtracting a cable is easy & only costs a little more electrical tape. Cheers!
  2. Your quite welcome Baggy, I am glad to have been helpful, contrary to what my missus may think. Gee, I have this in writing now, hmm (hits print). Glad it's working for you and your viewing the wonders of the night sky. If you need any help in the future, my door is open to all. Cheers!
  3. Ask & you shall receive; I have 25 feet of RS 232 cable on order for the long run of cable, that is why you do not see the cable in the long extension, it's being delivered still, otherwise it's all done. The long run of cable is 20 feet long, & I connect it to the tripod legs with plastic zip ties. Hope this is what you wanted to see, Cheers!
  4. My cable mess corrector is wire looming, used by automotive & computer techs to encase wires & protect them. I use 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" for localizing cables on the mount, & 5/8" up to 3/4" for the wire run from the tripod to the computer. By having all my wires in the loom, the excess length of some wires is kept from hanging around & getting tangled or tripped on. I use bands of electrical tape to secure the looming. I run a full length COM port cable to the base of the scope, along with (3) 5 meter usb cables, in a 5/8" loom, taped up with reflective tape so I won't trip on it when walking back & forth from the scope to the computer. I run the scopes RS-232 Com port cable & the USB cables, up the tripod legs & let the connectors out of the loom as needed & tape the loom on both sides of the connector end, so it will stay in place. I taped up the open end where the last connector comes out to seal the end. When I set-up or take down, I just disconnect & roll the works up in 1 neat bundle & store it in a plastic bin with a lid to keep water safe. I leave a couple of desiccant packs in the tub as well to keep it dry. I too had problems using a USB hub as well, so I direct connect everything. My laptop has 3 USB ports, 1 for the RS-232/USB connector for the scope, 1 USB cable for the CCD or DSLR camera, connected to the scope, 1 USB cable for the piggy back DSLR camera, when a mouse is not in use. Since I started using the looming, I haven't had a disconnect or ripped out wire from tripping on it, Yet. (Knock on wood that I didn't just jinxed that). I don't worry about the cables wrapping @ the scope anymore or snag up on hanging cables, everything is neat, tidy & self contained. This is working well for me, I hope it may help you too. Cheers!
  5. I have the same camera, I use BackYard EOS as a computer program for the camera. It provides a live view, focus adjustments, the ability to programs photo-shoots and execute them, even moving the scope to a new location at start shooting more pics. For $40(CAN/US) it was one of the best buys I made in a while, it's really helpful. Combined with a planetarium program like Stellarium or Starry Nights, this makes AP much easier, & helps get great results the first time out & every time after that. As for attachments, this will all depend on type of scope, adapter size (1.25" or 2") & if your going prime focus with the scope or are placing an eye-piece or zoom EP between the camera & scope. You many need a USB to COM port connector to connect a scope to a computer, many scopes that do need this come with the RS-232 cable with a COM port end. If your laptop doesn't have a com port(older laptops may have a COM port) then you'll need a USB/COM port adapter. I hope this helps, Cheers!
  6. Wow, you folks are lucky. Buy a scope & get 2 days out of 14 to try it out. I bought my scope in November, since then I have had 3 nights of decent skies, but the temps were minus 17-25 C. Ever since people started talking about the PannStars comet, being best seen from Western Canada, I haven't had a clear sky since mid Feb. I'm Jinxed, I tell ya. Living on the east side of the Rockies has it's drawbacks. Can someone please buy a really big Dob in the U.K. so this cloudy weather can find a new home. I haven't seen a star in months! Cheers!
  7. Hello SubDwarf; I live in Innisfail, so I am right along Highway 2, about 21 km South of Red Deer. While I will readily agree that the location isn't the best for viewing from my flat in town, it is central to many different Dark Sky locations, & a 20 minute drive to Ken & Bev & All-Star Telescope, in Didsbury, Alberta. I am well within a 2 hour drive limit to some very nice dark sky locations. Abraham Lake on Highway 11 is just a little west of a favorite location of mine, Shunda Mountain & it's fire tower lookout. With Abraham Lake being located between Banff & Jasper National parks, either park is within a 2-3 hour drive from my flat. All 3 locations as well as many more in Kananaskis Country are my go-to locations that are all over 6000 ft of elevation and in prime dark skies. If the mountain weather is not great, I head East into the prairies & North towards Wainwright or South towards the Badlands, or anywhere in-between, on farm land & no where near any major towns. Naturally, I like my elevation locations & I have access to many(50+). The only real dangers are the grizzly bears & wolves, but if a person is smart, this risk is very low, just something to keep in mind when a branch breaks at 3 am.( EEEKS!) When there is not enough time for a quick trip to the parks, I drive about 20-30 minutes West, to get into the foothills North of Sundre & South of Rocky Mountain House. Being in the middle of the Calgary-Edmonton corridor, heading West for 20-30 minutes gets me into really good skies almost as good as Jasper. While spring has sprung elsewhere, not here, at least not this week. We're in a major snow storm as I type this. Snow, winds at 50km, minus 23C by 3 am, many highways are closed all across Alberta & Saskatchewan yesterday & this morning, it's a mess right now, but give it a week or so & we'll be in warmer weather for the next 5 months. At least, you know why it's not good to visit Alberta in the winter. LOL May you have dark skies... Cheers Mate!
  8. Starnut; A go-to scope is nice to get someone to where they are going, if the person knows what they are looking for, & Stellarium can show them what they may see when they get it there. It's kind of like a property builders rule of thumb, "Call before you dig". With Stella, a user can see something of interest in Stella, then send the scope to that location. It may be something the nekid eye can't see in the nights sky, Stella will give the user an idea what they will be seeing once the scope gets to that location. Rather then having to find an objects proper scientific name & knowing which catalog to look into to find the object, with a click of the mouse, this takes that process & makes it automatic. Furthermore, when people are using a scope for AP work, it's a lot easier to use a program like Stella to arrange a nights session of picture taking, the ease of transferring location data from the program to the scope, and in the winter, a person can stay indoors, while the scope is outside in the cold. With Stellarium & a camera program like BackYard EOS, a person can program the scope to take a set of pictures, then move to another location & take more pics, so on & so forth. By having both programs running, this makes the process much easier to program a session, the data transfer is instant, and with the correct location values, keeping mistakes fewer & farther between. I hope I haven't confused you further, Cheers!
  9. Hello again Baggy. I have a solution for you. Alt + 1 = Center scope to the reticle spot on screen Ctrl + 1 = Move scope to point of reticle. Once your aligned & connected to Stella, click on Saturn, let's say, so the reticle is highlighting Saturn, then hit ctrl + 1 , & the scope will slew to Saturn. You had the right idea, you just confused alt with ctrl. You can highlight the commands when your in the F1 sub screen, then paste them to a new notepad document, then print them up. It will make life a little easier. I printed out the commands & they are a big time & hair saver. ha ha When your in the telescope set-up sub screen, make certain to tick the box that will show the scope in Stella, & it will be there for you. Hope this helps mate, Cheers!
  10. Hi Baggy, I have a 5 SE & Stella. I think I know what is going on, but I want to try my suspicions first. With any luck I'll be back within the hour with an explanation for you. I'm going to recreate the problem then try a couple of things first so I do not give you bad info and send you astray. Be back soon....... Cheers!
  11. Hello Miranda. I have a comment elsewhere in these forums that discusses the Celestron 5 SE. Here is the link I would just like to add that my missus is of same height as yourself & she enjoys using the 5 SE, she doesn't have to stand on tip toes to have a comfortable viewing position. Hopefully this may help you in making your decision. Cheers!
  12. Something to think about; once you have bought the Nexstar 5 SE, you have the goto mount that is used by the rest of the same line of products. You can actually purchase the 6" or 8" tube assembly by it's self and use the same mount. There is little difference in the mount, you just need to flash the handset with the 6 or 8" values & your up and running with a larger tube using the same mount. This will allow you to go into a larger tube without having to buy the goto mount again, making for a less expensive upgrade in the future.
  13. I'm A NexStar 5 SE user, I like it a lot. The wedge tripod allows for the user to do some light AP work, usually exposures below 5 minutes come out great. I have not tried exposures longer then 5 minutes, yet, so I cannot comment on that aspect. I am also a disabled gent, with multiple spine problems. Although I am not in a Wheelie chair yet, I soon will be. So portability is a big concern for me, I like the 5 SE for just that reason. I can pack it up by myself in very little time, If you buy a hard/soft shell case, it goes that much easier & the hard case is great for flying or on a train trip to dark skies. A power tank, EP's & accessories (barlows, Neb filters, color + moon filters, a retical EP for easy alignments, camera adapters, adjustable astronomy chair) will add more to any price of a telescope, so you should keep this in mind as well when making a decision. The 5 SE can be set up & running in about 5-7 minutes for alt / az viewing, while polar alignment can add up to another 30 minutes, depending on how bright Polaris is in your location. I find it takes about 10-20 min for the SCT to cool to -15C, from room temp, when it is first placed outside during the winter. When I purchased the scope, I also purchased the Celestron 1.25 EP kit along with a Baader Hyperion Mark III 8:24 mm zoom & I am happy for the moment. The Plossl EP's in the kit are good for just starting out as many top end EP's are costing between $200-500 each. The zoom is the one of the best zooms on the market, there is a buyer guide report in these forums if your interested, it's worth the money in my opinion. The views from the 5 SE are great, Jupiter is clear, bright & easily seen with 4 of it's moons, Saturn is well defined, & star hoping is a fun exercise will little to disappoint, alignment can be very accurate when done correctly, & the keypad is user friendly. There is a little bit of a learning curve involved to use this Go-To scope properly, but that can be expected with any scope. I paid $699 Canadian for my 5 S/E, & by the time I bought the stuff needed to make it work, I spent $1200 before leaving the store, but this included a few camera attachment accessories, the EP kit, zoom, power tank, & a focal reducer/corrector. This can give you an idea about how much you may be spending to make the scope work right out of the box. The 5 SE comes with a 25mm Plossl & this EP fits into the EP kit nicely. The EP kit comes with a 2x Barlow, 6, 8, 13, 17, 32 mm EP's & 7 moon & color filters. The 2'' EP kit is also of benefit, I will be buying 1 within the next month so you won't go wrong by buying either EP kit. I guess the rest is up to you, & your decision will be affected by what you want to accomplish in astronomy, viewing only or possibly AP, this will influence your choice as well. To finally answer your real question, YES, it is this difficult to make a decision, there are many great scopes out there, just steer clear of the cheap knock-off & department store scopes & you'll do just fine with whatever your decision may be. Clear Skies to all, Cheers!
  14. My apologies to all, for the link I copied earlier, I made an error, this should be a working link. Cheers! http://www.company7.com/library/unitron/unitron_114.html
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