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About ehorvath

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  1. I see in your signature, you have the CPC 800......mine is the 1100 GPS XLT so maybe that's why your HC is different than mine???
  2. I received an email today from Celestron on how to EQ North Polar Align. turns out the newer model GPS CPC models do NOT have the index markers on them and they do NOT have to be South Aligned either....whew!!! Here is what I was sent: EQ North & Polar Align w/No Index Markers 1. Face the mount True North with the OTA parallel to the fork arms pointing to Polaris. If you can see Polaris with a low power eyepiece, then it's roughly polar aligned to start off. You only need to have Polaris in the FOV, it does not need to be centered! To get it within the FOV, use the slow-motion controls on the Wedge for Latitude and also for Azimuth! 2. Now, go to Utilities and select Wedge Align and choose EQ North Two Star Align; follow prompts on the LCD screen. After the scope moves to the first star, it might be off, but the second star will be more accurate. 3. Next, select and press the Align button and scroll to Polar Align. The mount will need to be moved to a selected star at which point you will center in the EYEPIECE using the AZIMUTH & ALTITUDE adjustment knobs on the Wedge to center the star. 4. Now, turn the scope off and then back on and redo the Two Star Align followed by 1 or 2 calibration stars. If your CPC does not have the index markers, you do not need to do a Polar Alignment facing South.
  3. I'll do that. I emailed Celestron and asked if I got a "defective" scope.....everyone one seems to have those alignment arrows for the Meridian except for mine
  4. Thanks AstroJoe and Rockrae78! I'll give those a try. Rockrae78, yep, I do NOT have those arrows on either Fork Arm.....so I'm at a loss as to why they are not on mine
  5. Yes, that's exactly how I had the Tripod/Wedge set up.....it's the hand control/EQ North alignment that was so confusing. LOL I think the more logical approach is to do the EQ North align and then the Wedge Align and then just start the GoTo process to go to what you want to view and photograph.
  6. This is a long time update on my scope but it ended up being totally defective......they had me set it up and had me do some technical stuff thru the hand control and I told them what it said and the company gave me a brand new replacement one and it's been great since the day it came!!!
  7. CPC & HD Wedge users HELP! LOL So I have the CPC 1100 XLT and HD Wedge. Is there a place that describes exactly how to do the entire PROPER North Polar Alignment? I followed the instructions in my book, which is in 3 different sections and it obviously is wrong! This is what my instructions said: 1. Attach the Wedge above one of the legs for more stability and so the slant is pointing south so when the scope is attached, the fork arms will point true north. 2. Attach the telescope and then open the clutch in order to have the OTA pointing South and upward to the meridian and to do that, align the arrows on the top of the fork arm......there are NO arrows for this on my scope!. 3. Do a EQ North auto 2 star alignment (I chose Arcturus as #1 and then it slewed to Altair). 4. After this alignment, manually place the telescope in "polar alignment" so the OTA is in alignment with the fork arms and pointing towards true north. 5. Go into Menu > Utilities and chose "Wedge Align" and the scope will slew to where it thinks Polaris is. (When I done this, my scope slewed FAR East, nowhere near Polaris and there was no way to correct this using the manual knobs on the Wedge as it states to do. Instead of slewing with the directional buttons which it said NOT to do, I opened the clutches, moved the scope manually, locked them down and then was able to use the knobs on the Wedge to get Polaris in the EP as the directions stated.) 6. After the "Polar Alignment" on Polaris is done, press ENTER (I done that). 7. Then it said to place the OTA back into "Meridian" position and do the EQ North auto 2 star alignment AGAIN and then the scope is ready for use. So I done that, chose Arcturus again and then it slewed to Altair again but was WAY off. The instructions I have simply cannot be correct and it was such a nightmare I don't care to ever use it for astrophotography again! LOL My other concern is there are supposed to be "arrows" on top of the one of the fork arms but there are NO arrows at all on either one of them. In order to get it as "properly placed" as possible, I used the owners manual to ge the scope in as much of a 90° angle as possible. Thanks for any assistance!!!!! Eddie
  8. You can realign after an object is found.....get it centered and hold down ENTER for about 2 seconds, let go and quickly press ENTER again and it saves it. I don't know how true it is but I was told by Meade that it is best to only do that on Stars for bette alignment of DSO's. Once in awhile I use the 26mm but normally use a 40mm instead....provides excellent views and if I want a magnified on I'll use the 26mm I was hoping to get out tomorrow night and try out the new tricks but apparently we're supposed to have some wicked wind
  9. Yeah, we had an explosion of humans! roflol I also got an email from one of the designers of this scope and he said there is a design flaw with it. It ALWAYS pics Sirius and Capella for it's Easy 2-star alignment. His recommendation was: "NEVER use the Two Star Auto Align....you must use the TWO STAR MANUAL align where YOU pick the two stars. Also, because of the nature of the celestial mechanics of the sky (the RA angle of Sirius and Capella) never use those two stars....you should be using (just a suggestion) Aldebaran and Pollux, or Hamal and Betelgeuse early in the evening and maybe Pollux and Arcturus around midnight for alignment. The Auto Align is flaky at best." I'll defintely do this as well. I don't care if its "spot on, dead center" as long as I can at least get the object withing the FOV. My biggest Wide eyepiece is a 40mm which is what I predominantly use for everything. Eddie
  10. Thanks for that information!!! I had no idea the option was available to enter coordinates and Mead did NOT inform me of that info/option! I bet that will solve my problems!!! Price had a population explosion about 3-5 years ago when the gas and oil well companies moved in.....it blew up our population to over 20,000. We've had several businesses come in and our Wal-Mart went from a normal one to a Super Center and went from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to a 24 hour store. We've also had more motels built as well. I cannot wait to try out the scope with these new coordinates!!!
  11. Thanks for the info. Price is small but is the largest city within a 90 mile radius. I believe our opulation is over 20,000 the last I seen. The controller has no option of lat/long, elevation or time zone (i.e. +/- 7.....Utah is -7).....only the city by entering the city and state names or by using the zip code (I used the zip) and by entering the current time and using daylight saving or not. I asked Meade about this and it's accuracy, especially if I'm in the desert or high in the mountains and they said using the nearest city is accurate to within 200 miles and elevation has no bearing on goto mounts! My time is correct and we are on daylight savings time....all inputed information is correct. The hand controller has the 45E and the newest firmware update for the controller is ver 6.0 which I was trying to reload and also enter comet Lovejoy as it is not in the controller....only about 6 other comets that stay in our galaxy are listed and I love looking at Lovejoy but once it's gone....it's gone! LOL. The other thing I noticed on their web site and reading the readme file in Updater 6.0 is there was no mention of Windows 8 or 8.1 which is what I use....only previous version of Windows. I set the scope up on the steel tripod it came with which has a tilt plate. It is 100% level in both directions when I put the scope on it and I start with GPS for alignment and once it is dark I verify it with Polaris. It's so accurate that when I push the scope up, Polaris is right in the center of the FOV. As for the cable I'm using the USB since our computers no longer have a serial port, I'm using a Keyspan high speed adaptor for the serial cable and the cord is the 595 if memory serves me correctly.....it's specifically made for Meade.
  12. I got an ETX-90 and it is way off on the alignment stars and after centering them and pressing enter, about 75% of the GoTo objects are also WAY off! I had this problem with my Oriion mount as well so I updated the firmware and it fixed it. I'm trying to do the same on the ETX but it's not finding the handbox. I have the appropriate cable via a USB port on Com 3 (which is working properly). I also DL'd and installed the Meade USB com port from their site. I have the cord plugged into the hand controller, turn on the scope and then start up the program to update. When I click on Update or Connect I get a message stating.....Could Not Find Autostar - Check your connection and try again. Does anyone have an idea of what's wrong??? I want to make sure the firmware is up to date and also do DL the info for comet Lovejoy and I was hoping it would fix the horrible accuracy of the GoTo. Thanks for any advice. Eddie
  13. Ahh, shucks.....never hurts to ask. LOL
  14. Will it be possible to view asteroid 2014-YB35 and if so, where can I find the R.A. and Dec so I can try and find it? Thanks!
  15. I hope it's ok to post this!!! I would caution everyone not to buy from https://www.astronomics.com I placed an order with them over 2 weeks ago, sent an email because it never arrived, got no reply, so I sent another one yesterday and finally got a response. The email stated that some products on their web page have been "phased out" but they were sure quick to take my money!!! Time to file a complaint via paypal and the BBB. Extremely disappointed!!!!! I rarely have money to buy products and I do not have the money to repurchase the item. Eddie
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