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About StarGazingSiouxsie

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  1. You can test / prove this is happening inside without having to align the telescope outside. Just power up the telescope indoors, and check that 'Cordwrap' is set to 'Off'. Level the OTA, point it to north (although you don't have to - the telescope just assumes you are pointing north for 'Quick Align' although the Star Sense manual does not tell you this) select 'Quick Align' and then you are aligned. Check 'Cordwrap' and you'll find it's been reset to 'On'.
  2. No bugging here What seems to happen when using the Star Sense controller is this - you power up your mount, do your time / date / location checks and even check that 'Cordwrap' is set to 'Off'. After the alignment though, the hand controller gremlins reset 'Cordwrap' to 'On'. The good news is that when it's switched back to 'Off', it stays off, at least until the next alignment. I haven't yet checked to see if this issue also happens when adding an Alignment Reference (IE following the main alignment and having switched 'Cordwrap' to 'Off') I hope not, but I'll check next time I'm out.
  3. Tbh, I know someone who has wrtitten a few books about Celestron telescopes and he's been bringing known faults to Celestron's attention for years now and has been largely ignored. Same with the Star Sense manual - people have been telling Celestron for years now that there are fundamental errors within it but Celestron have not updated the manual. Which makes their more recent update of the Star Sense hand controller to now include 'Peripherals' alll the more remarkable. For me, I'm just relieved that I now know why Cubs was taking the long route for so many gotos. It's just another step I'll build into the alignment routine - switch Cordwrap to 'Off' immediately following successful alignment.
  4. The Cordwrap issue is nothing to do with changing hand controllers nor updating them I'm getting the issue with Cubble, my CPC1100 for which I never use the Nextsar handset. But I'm also getting the same issue with Celeste, the 8" Evolution when I use her Star Sense hand controller.
  5. Oh, you have the 60th Anniversary limited edition, too?! I think it's the best looking, most elegant telescope every produced by anybody! I raised exactly the same issue with Celestron. In the end, I had to purchase a separate Nexstar hand controller (as it didn't come with one) just to be able to access the Peripherals menu. Well done for getting that done!!! I must have missed the 20244 update by literally days., I try and check for updates about once a month. Thanks to you, I've just updated both Celeste's and Cubs' hand controllers! It will be a lot easier now being able to check Celeste's power status without having to get the NexStar hand controller out. so thanks!
  6. Oh yes, firmware updated and checked regularly. No, Cubs and Celeste have their own handcontrollers. This is defs not an issue restricted to my hand controller as Celeste's Star Sense hand controller does the same thing, plus Ian's post below. For a long while I just accepted it as an idiosyncrasy of the OTA but it's great now knowing what the real cause was. I estimate I may have wasted as much as half an hour each session in total time waiting for Cubs to take the long way home.
  7. Hi, Now, I know that Cubble likes to keep fit. I try to keep all of my telescopes healthy and feed them only the best planets and DSOs. But - why is that Cubble just LOVES to go all around the houses on some of his GOTOs?! Talk about taking the long way home!!! I could have sworn that I had 'Cordwrap' set to 'Off'............. I have set Cubs up with a totally cordfree / wire free system and therefore find this going 340 degrees around to an object that is 10 degrees away incredibly annoying and time wasting. Well, I think I may have found the answer today. Some of you may already know this but for those that don't, I hope it helps relieve some of your frustration. What I disovered is that the Star Sense hand controller resets the Cordwrap setting (MENU>>>TELESCOPE>>>CORDWRAP) back to 'ON' each time a new alignment is completed. So, one can spend time seemingly making sure that it is set to 'OFF' (if that's the setting you want, of course) only to find that once you have completed an alignment, the hand controller defaults the Cordwrap setting back to 'ON'. So, if you don't want or need Cordwrap set to 'ON', make sure you change the setting after completing each new alignment. Siouxsie
  8. Thanks, yes it is, I am very lucky. I live in a valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains and am treated to some very special views all round.
  9. New and improved version, now with 4 heat strips so that I can have all my eyepieces and filters in one place. You can see the USB female ports in the upper part. The control cables plug into those and each cable has a 3 setting heat sle;ction. The male jack from that cable then plugs into the battery. The Celestron Lithium Power Tanks have 2 USB charging ports each, so it works out well, I just need 2 batteries and they last for at least 4 hours on full heat. I don't know if you can get the heat strips that I linked to in my original post above in the UK but if you can, seriously, get them. They are inexpensive and really well made. I got 4 each with adjustable heat controls for 60 GB Pounds total. Siouxsie
  10. Hi, So this is my solution for keeping my eyepieces an reticles warm and free from misting and fogging. I basically have two generic bags of a kind used for keeping prepared food warm. Heat reflectice inner lining and zip round tops, the usual thing. I then have a strip of cardboard (for rigidity / solid base) covered in foil. Installed over the top of that I have two heater strips. 17" long, 2" wide and each have a 3 way heat control. They have a USB cable for power. I use my Celestron Power Tanks as each tank has 2 USB power ports. These strips wree only $20 each and I can tell you they are really good quality - and I am fussy. I thought I was taking a chance on these but they work great. On 'high' setting they get to over 100F (I tested them with my food thermometer). It just shows you how ridiculously over priced some of the other heater strips are out there that are branded as Dew Strips etc. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WJG9B5P/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Power Tanks keep everything powered for at least 3 or 4 hours, ample time for observing. I'll be doing another article soon on my solution for dew & fogging prevention. Four pictues showing eyepiece warmer, Power Tank hook up, table with all my toot on it (second bag has filters in it) and lastly it's meant to be clear again tonight so Cubs & Celeste are up and rearing to go!!! Siouxsie
  11. Hi, I'm here to bug you again with questions! Using an F10 2800FL SCT I cannot obtain an image let alone focus anything. I have only tried in the daytime thus far - as I thought that would be an easier snecario to learn in. I CAN get focus in my F5 Newtonian and I know for sure the camera is working. I am going straight through on the F10 (Cubs) just using a 1.25" visual back to insert the camera nose into the OTA. I've been advised to - Select easy target like the moon - use a 30 - 40mm eyepiece. Focus that. Take out eyepiecxe, install camera. Select 3/4 of max gain and 3/4 of max resolution. Focus slowly while checking laptop screen. Any other tips / advice, please? All is welcomed. There isn't isn't back focus issue using an F10 that I'm missing here - right? Thanks Siouxsie
  12. My 2, Celeste & Cubble, are typically outside and ready to go (bar attachment of batteries on Cubs) at least 3 hours before sunset. I usually then leave them out all night, after tucking them in carefully for bed with their various protective covers. I think I will do an article about this showing what my packing down routine is. Not that my way is better than anyone else's but it's the result of a lot of trial and error and may save someone some, wet, soggy and cold telescopes.
  13. I suspect that levelling the tripod is much more important with EQ mounts where polar axis aligment is central than on altaz mouns like I use. However, I have grown up with the 7Ps rule as now part of my DNA - Proper Planning & Preparation Prevents P*** Poor Performance. I probably take at least 30 minutes getting all my stuff levelled, calibrated and aligned each session because it helps me relax knowing I've prepared as best I can and allows my A Typical brain to relax a little.
  14. I think their, Celestron's, wording is enough to make most people think they have to purchase the more expensive reducer. I know I might sound cynical but they are there to make money. The wording from their manaul says "not compatible" https://celestron-site-support-files.s3.amazonaws.com/support_files/94175 IM.pdf All I can say is that I tested the non Edge focal reducer (model number 94175) in both a non Edge SCT (Cubble) and an Edge SCT (Celeste) and the viewes as far as I could tell were exactly the same. No discernable diostortion or vignetting etc in the Edge optics. Apart from the price difference, the other significant aspectt is that the non Edge reducer is much smaller than the Edge version and this fact will be significant for people with Edge optics with single fork mounts (like me) wherein it means that I can probably use the reducer on Celeste without the optical train fouling the top of the mount where the azimuth clutch is.
  15. Hi Wow!! The seeing was so good tonight, defs one of those magical times!! Jupiter & Saturn were virtually still with near pertfect resolution. I was viewing Saturn at 500X (5mm @ 2800 FL F10 ) and it was a clear crisp image, incredacubble. Jupiter was also very clear. I think tonight I realised there is no chance of me getting into astrophotography. I had my camera ready to take images in near perfect conditions but I could not tear myself away from my eyepiece and the incredible live views. Mars came around my roofline at 10pm and I was able to view him at 400X with a 80a blue filter and generic Moon & Skyglow filter. I could discern maria and subtle geographic features and the southern polar cap. I believe I could have gone to 500X easily but I was enjoying my 400x view too much to change anything!!! Siouxsie
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