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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
  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") &
  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 Nat
  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
  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 sav
  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
  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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