I have my first telescope and having never set one up before I could do with some assistance to ensure all is as it should be. I did not get any software with it and the Celestron website suggests that it would have originally come with "starry night" software. This seems to me to be a database of the sky and images etc., but is it essential to make the telescope function? I was able to download their CPWI software and this looks like I will be able to control the telescope from my laptop, am I correct with this assumption? I appears there are updates that can be made to the telescope's software/firmware could someone please point me to the correct cable required to connect my laptop to the scope or confirm the one in the link is the correct one?
I am waiting for my power tank to arrive in a couple of days and then I will be hoping for a clear night to give it a test run (weather not looking favourable at the moment but fingers crossed) so I would appreciate and pointers/hints/advice on what to do/look for when I first fire up the scope.