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  1. ok, thanks so much for taking the time. Just so you know, I am on a NexStar+ Hand Controller. I went ahead and checked for any firmware updates prior to doing this experiment and I am on HC 5.31.9200/ MC 5.14 5.14 so I think I am good to go, although I am not sure if there are firmware updates for the focus motor itself. Also, I went ahead and calibrated my focus motor even though I did it just a few days ago and the calibration was successful. Steps, 1. Press MENU 2. Selected FOCUSER 3. Selected MOVE IN/OUT 4. Selected RATE = 3 Now, here is where we differ. Once I press "enter" at the RATE=3 screen, there are differences in what my screen shows and what is shown in your first picture. In your first picture, it displays MOVE (Scroll Key) on the top line and then POSITION: 6596 on the second line. On my screen, it displays Move In/ Out on the top line and then Position on the second line. There is no number displayed after the word Position like in your picture. Now having said that, I can use the scroll up/down keys and change focus but I can't use the directional keys to move the scope. When I am at this point - showing "Move In/ Out" on the top line and then "Position" on the second line, the only buttons that will work are the scroll up/ down buttons to change focus. I can't even change motor speed. The only way to do that is to get out of the focuser menu. But, there is another option inside of the Focus Menu called "Move To". This screen looks a lot more like your picture Top line - Move To, Bottom line - Position: 29633. Here I can use the directional keys, but, I have to input a specific point of focus. That might work when I figure out what a good point of focus is but even still, I can't adjust focus using this screen. I can only input a variable. On this screen however, I can change the motor speed. Very odd, it seems like these 2 hand controllers are slightly different. Even how I get to the Firmware version I am using is different. I have to go to Utilities and then Version. Your suggestion may not be possible with my hand controller even though you would think everyone would want that ability. Am I missing anything?
  2. A question that comes to mind though. Once my scope is aligned and setup properly, what happens if the tracking pad gets bumped and the scope is moved. Do you have to realign?
  3. I was able to get the moon in focus and track it. It was amazing how much detail I could see. Mars was another story. I was using too high a magnification eyepiece (9mm) and it was always gone before I could get it in focus. Again, I was just excited and wanted to try out the scope before learning how to use the scope :). I plan on aligning the scope and letting it track but again, just wanted to try it quickly.
  4. Hello John, No, I not do any alignment. I just got the scope a few days ago and just wanted to look at the moon. I had not even gone through the manual yet. I just wanted to check out the moon. Now I am going through the manual and will properly set it all up. I was just curious if what I was experiencing was normal for manual focus, no tracking. thanks.
  5. Hello all. I am brand new to star gazing and wanted to get some advice or thoughts on what I was experiencing on my first attempt using my scope. I have a Celestron NexStar 8SE with a focus motor. I was also using both a 25mm and 9mm eyepieces just to see the difference. The moon was big and bright and so was mars. I was only using manual tracking with my red dot finder as well manual focus. The one thing that was frustrating once I aligned my scope on either Mars or the moon was how fast they left the frame. It didn't matter which eyepiece I was using it just seemed that they were only in the frame a few seconds. The way it went down made me feel like my tracking was moving them off even though I was doing everything manually. As I said, this was my first night out so I was trying to learn the telescope at the same time as observing. So, once I would get the moon or mars in the frame, I would have to go to the hand controller, go to focuser, and then focus. By the time I got to the right function, Mars was long gone from the frame. I would have to move Mars to the far edge of the frame to give myself enough time to get to the right function to be able to use it but I still didn't have enough time to get focus by the time it was gone. The moon was much easier because it was so big but when I put it dead center, by the time I got it in focus, only a portion was still in view but at least it was in focus and then I could go back to tracking and move it back and it would still be in focus as well. Anyway, the moon was awesome. Big, Bright and Clear. Sorry if this is not all clear.
  6. Thank you all very much. Doing a little more research, I am not considering these lenses: Celestron X-Cel LX 9mm (1.25") - High Power Eyepiece ($89 - already purchased) Magnification - 225x Exit Pupil - 0.9 AFOV - 60° TFOV - 0.2666° Explore Scientific - 70º Series - 15mm (1.25") - Medium-High Power Eyepiece ($50) Magnification: 135x Exit Pupil: 1.5mm AVOF: 70° TVOF: 0.52° Explore Scientific - 70º Series - 20mm (1.25") - Medium-Low Power Eyepiece ($60) Magnification: 102x Exit Pupil: 2mm AVOF: 70° TVOF: 0.69° Celestron's 25mm E-Lux Series Plossl Eyepiece ($1.25") - Medium-Low Power Eyepiece ($35 - already purchased) Magnification - 81x Exit Pupil - 2.5 AFOV - 50° TFOV - 0.6172° Explore Scientific - 70º Series - 30mm (1.25") - Low Power Eyepiece ($120) Magnification: 68x Exit Pupil: 3mm AVOF: 70° TVOF: 1.03° Explore Scientific - 70º Series - 35mm (1.25") - Low Power Eyepiece ($150) Magnification: 58x Exit Pupil: 3.5mm AVOF: 70° TVOF: 1.21° 2 of the above will come when the kit arrives in a couple of months and the rest I will buy over the 6 months afterwards as I learn more about what I am doing and what I need. It might change but that is my thinking at the moment. What is the biggest advantage to moving up to a 2" eyepiece? Is it worth moving up to a 2" sooner rather than later? Also, do they make a focal reducer for a 2"? I have considered the wedge as well but that will come only after I learn what I need to learn and still feel like it is the right option over getting another scope or getting an EQ mount. thanks again everyone.
  7. Thank you very much for finding that site. I did reach out to see if they have a cable that will work. I think you are right however, doesn't look like they have exactly what I need but you never know. thanks again.
  8. That is a great point. I was also looking at the Baader Hyperion Eyepiece line. They are 68 degrees and reasonably priced.
  9. I am considering the lenses below to go along with my first telescope. Not all of them at first but over the next 6 months. I wanted to see if anyone has any thoughts or have used these lenses, I would especially appreciate their thoughts. Also, I would not get both the 8 and 9 mm, just one or the other. They will be used with a Celestron NexStar 8SE telescope. Tele Vue Plossl 8mm Eyepiece (1.25") - High Power Eyepiece ($96) Magnification - 254x Exit Pupil - 0.8 AFOV - 50° TFOV - 0.1969° Celestron X-Cel LX 9mm (1.25") - High Power Eyepiece ($89) Magnification - 225x Exit Pupil - 0.9 AFOV - 60° TFOV - 0.2666° Explore Scientific 52° 15mm Eyepiece (1.25") - Medium-High Power Eyepiece ($80) Magnification - 135x Exit Pupil - 1.5052 AFOV - 52° TFOV - 0.3852° Explore Scientific 20mm 52° Series Eyepiece (1.25") - Medium-Low Power Eyepiece ($80) Magnification - 101x Exit Pupil - 2.0119 AFOV - 52° TFOV - 0.5149° Celestron's 25mm E-Lux Series Plossl Eyepiece ($1.25") - Medium-Low Power Eyepiece (included with Kit) Magnification - 81x Exit Pupil - 2.5 AFOV - 50° TFOV - 0.6172° Explore Scientific 30mm 52° Series Eyepiece (1.25") - Lower Power Eyepiece ($125) Magnification - 67x Exit Pupil - 3.0328 AFOV - 52° TFOV - 0.7761° Thanks so much.
  10. Hello all, I know that Celestron has a GPS that works with the 8SE but I already have a highend Garmin GPS. Is there any way to use my Garmin GPS. It is a Garmin GPSMap 66st which is wi-fi and bluetooth compatible. It also has a micro USB port. I am thinking it is not possible but thought I would ask. I did a cursory look online but didn't find anything that indicated this was possible. thanks
  11. OK, thanks for that. The 9mm does not come with the kit. I bought it separately. If there is a better lens for a beginner let me know. At first, I thought this might be a good lens to start with but let me know your thoughts on it. I had also found a Explorer Scientific 82 degree 14mm that I was curious about.
  12. So do you feel that the 9mm is a good first option outside of the 25mm that comes with the kit?
  13. OK, thank you. OK, I will just let it all stay the way it is and wait for it to get here. Once I get it all, I will learn as much as I can and go from there. Thanks everyone.
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