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  1. Well, I somehow accidentally posted before I was finished... continuing on... Travel Scope 70 Aperture: 70mm Focal Length: 400mm Focal Ratio: 5.71 Orion Mini Guide Scope Aperture: 50mm Focal Length: 162mm Focal Ratio: 3.2 So, which is better guiding a 8' SCT? Keep in mind that I'm using a NexImage 5 web-camera as my guide camera. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. My dilemma. I want try auto-guiding a wedge-mounted 8' SCT using PHD. I realize that an EQ mount is what I really need, but the budget doesn't currently allow for it. I have the Celestron Travel Scope 70 and a Celestron NexImage 5 web-camera. I do NOT have the tube rings or dovetail to mount the travel scope to the SCT. By the time I purchase a dovetail and tube rings to attach my travel scope, I could just as easily buy the Orion Mini 50mm Guide Scope. Which would be better for my 8" SCT: Travel Scope 70, or Orion Mini? Main Scope: Aperture: 203.2mm Focal Length: 2032mm (or 1280mm with focal reducer) Focal Ratio: 10 (or 6.3 with focal reducer) Travel Scope 70 Aperture:
  3. I have it on order from B&H and should have it in hand in a few days. I'm hoping to do planetary imaging and auto guiding with it.
  4. Does anyone have the Celestron NexImage 5 camera? It's very inexpensive, which always makes me skeptical. I know this type of camera is only meant for planetary imaging, and even then requires image stacking with the included software. But I wonder if it's easy to use? Celestron also says the camera can be used to guide. Anyone have experience with this camera for planetary imaging or auto guiding?
  5. Yes, I meant the stock Alt-Az NexStar mount. It has an autoguide port, but I never was able to get it to work. I always got an error message telling me that the mount didn't support the pulse guide interface...
  6. A Zoom lens and basic plossls are all I've needed so far. I purchased a Celestron XCEL LX 9mm EP, and wasn't too impressed...
  7. Anyone had any luck auto-guiding with the NexImage 5? Celestron claims that it will work, but I have my doubts...
  8. Anyone had success auto guiding the Advanced VX mount with PHD2? I could never get PHD2 to auto guide my Nexstar mount...
  9. Setting my Anti-Backlash settings to 10-15 for each movement direction seemed to eliminate the need for the "right-up approach" method. The Nexstar 6SE/8SE instructional manual even says to use anti-backlash settings of 20-50 "is usually best for most visual observing." I also use a 24-8mm zoom EP when doing an alignment. I find that the Auto-Two Star and the default Sky Align methods both work well. I've never even used the others.
  10. I can't get PHD to connect to my NexStar Alt/Az mount. I get an error message stating that my mount doesn't support the Pulse Guide interface. Not sure if a shoestring box would fix this or not.
  11. I can only get PHD2 to connect to my NexStar mount if I select EQ North tracking in PHD2. Haven't tested it in the field yet, but I suspect that it's not going to work well.
  12. PHD2 seems to be what everyone is using, so I downloaded the Windows version. I also have downloaded the latest version of the ASCOM platform and the Celestron driver. PHD2 finds my camera just fine, but it won't connect to the Nexstar mount. I'm connecting the mount to the laptop through the RS-232 port on the bottom of the hand controller. My RS-232 cable runs from the hand controller to a Serial/USB adapter before plugging into my laptop. This connection works great with the virtual nexstar remote on my laptop. But, when I try to connect to my mount, I get an error message saying that the mount doesn't support PulseGuide interface. So there's my current dilemma. The "NexStar Resource" site claims that PHD (not PHD2?) is supposed to work with the NexStar mount via either the RS-232 port on the bottom of the hand controller, OR the autoguide port on the mount. So here are my questions... Is there a way to make PHD2 work with the NexStar mount via the RS-232 port? Do I have to connect using the AutoGuide port? Do I need a Shoestring box? Will PHD2 even work with the NexStar mount? Do I need to use the original PHD, or another guiding software?
  13. I'm trying to auto-guide an 8SE using PHD 2, NexImage5 camera, and the auto guide port on the mount. I've downloaded the latest ASCOM platform and the Celestron driver. I've connected the serial cable to my windows 7 laptop on one end, and the mount's auto-guide port on the other. PHD 2 recognizes and connects to the NexImage5 camera just fine, but it isn't connecting to the mount. I can't seem to figure this out, any suggestions?
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