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  1. Ok I have an old Celestron C8N and original mount, I had updated the mount to a goto but the goto has died so am thinking of going back to the manual mount, while I save for a new goto mount. So my question is if polar aligned how wasy is it to use a phone app or simialar mounted to the scope to manually find your way around the sky . Also what would people suggest for a phone app Scope is on a pier if that helps Thanks in advance
  2. I occasionally host star parties on YouTube and Discord. Is there any interest in this forum to participate and chat during those long imaging sessions? Equipment Varies: RASA 11, 8" RC, Meade 10", various refractors. ZWO 533mm, 6200mc, 6200mm and assorted smaller cameras Sharpcap, APT, ASCOM, CPWI, Chrome Remote Desktop Shamrock Banks Observatory MPC Code W24 Bob Townsend
  3. Hi, I am hoping someone here may be able to offer some help or advice. I have submitted a support ticket with Celestron but I am still waiting for a reply and would really like to get this working ready for the next clear sky! I recently brought a starsense but have not been able to use it because it comes up with the following errors, Err: Model Num The telescope model could not be read and initialization cannot proceed. Critical error! File: ..\source\mo Line: 1468 An unexpected error occurred that may cause the HC to not opperate normally. When updating the controller and camera it finishes succesfully but when I check for new updates it proceeds to install the same one again and again. I can still control the mount and I think the camera tried to do an alignment in my room. I have a Celestron Nexstar 6SE. Thanks Adz
  4. Hi all, After updating my legacy HC to the 99.22 (I had to, because of the GPS rollover issue) and the MC to the 5.23 firmwares (siply because it was there, and I've got greedy), both acquired via Teamcelestron, my CPC was operating normally until, all of the sudden, its altitude motor stopped working. I've uploaded a video at youtube showing what happens: https://youtu.be/p2cHJkPt9Vc As you can see, I don't get any error message in my HC but, if I try to move the scope in altitude, nothing happens (no movement, no motor noises, nothing). When I release the clutch and move the scope manually in altitude, it does move but has a weird noise by the same place where previously it used to make a snap one, which I already reported to celestron tech support once, and even made a video that I also uploaded to youtube: https://youtu.be/KCc69eUSbeY I've already seeked help from Celestron Tech support (and the folks at Cloudy Nights) but any help from you would be very much appreciated. Best regards, NV
  5. Great lighting conditions for this couple The largest crater, Aristoteles, is a ~90km-wide circular crater with steep slopes and very high walls with terraces. Its companion, Eudoxus, is a ~70km-wide crater with central mountains and hills that emerge beautifully with the sun setting over the two formations. First light for my new C11, and even if the seeing was average to bad, the performance was amazing! Looking forward to improving my images in the future. Seeing 3/5 - Celestron C11 EdgeHD - SkyWatcher AZ-EQ6 Pro - Barlow 3x COMA Apo/Apla - ASI 174 MM - Baader Red Interference - 500 frames - AS!3 - Registax 6.1 - Photoshop CC
  6. Hello all, I bought relatively recent a SCT 0.63 reducer/flattener for my C6. I'm planning to use it with the ASI1600 camera, but it seems that I can't figure out the proper spacing distance between the reducer and the sensor. That or there's another problem with the scope that I can't figure out. The first distance that I tried was ~105mm. I achieved this by using a SCT adapter to T2 which is 50mm + a Baader VariLock set to ~28mm + the filterwheel 20mm + 6.5mm the distance from the sensor to the camera thread. + the filter width, it should be ~105mm. I understood that the closer the sensor is placed to the flattener, the better the field is flattened, but the reduction is weaker. I didn't mind that. I then tried to use an M48 (has also a T2 thread inside and deeper) to T2 adapter which was about 15-20mm. In both cases the stars were not in focus away from the center, with an out of focus elongation towards the edges (I don't know which word describes this). The following M13 is with the Baader VariLock and the Crescent was with the shorter adapter. I didn't have time to test without adapter at all and now it's going to stay cloudy for a while. Don't mind the quality, the M13 is unguided with ~20min (6s subs), the Crescent is ~20min (1min subs), guided. Very bad seeing. Did anyone use a C6 with a 0.63 reducer/flattener and APS-C or 4/3 sensor with success? Or does somebody know which is the correct backfocus distance and how to get rid of the distorted stars towards the edges, but still using the same scope + flattener? Many thanks and clear skies, Alex
  7. From the album: WPF Observatory Images

    The Lion Nebula, Sh 2-132 Telescope Equipment: Mount – Celestron CGEM DX, Hypertuned Telescope – TS-115 APO Triplet Guider- Orion StarShoot Autoguider Imaging System: ZWO ASI533MC Pro – Gain 100, Offset 70, Temp -15°C Filter – Optolong L-eXtreme Image Details: Light: 132x300s Dark: 50x300s Flat: 50×9.15625s (27,520 ADU ±5%) Dark-Flat: 50×9.15625s Software: Image Capture – Astro Photography Tools (APT) – PhD2 Pre-Processing, Stacking, Stretching – SiriL, Starnet ++, Photoshop CC Image Taken: October 29, November 3 & 7, 2022 Photographed from the When Pigs Fly Observatory

    © © 2022 - David Aylsworth - WPF Observatory - Earth

  8. Hi! I am very new to SGL (just signed up a couple of mins earlier) and to astronomy as well, though I have been facinated with celestial bodies since I can remember. I recently purchased a Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ but now I’m having troubles using it and I can’t seem to see anything through it. I also have a Celestron collimating eyepiece but I still can’t seem to make it work. Anyone here who has experience with the same scope? Would appreciate if we could chat a bit as I would be really interested in your experience and how you ultimately made it work!
  9. StarPrincess

    Moon Surface

    From the album: MOON

    Moon Surface 16 April 2021 21:32 Celestron NexStar 6SE ZWO ASI 462mc
  10. From the album: Astronomical Equipment

    I had just acquired my new 8 SE and realized very quickly that I needed an observing chair. So I built one. I'll show you the important modifications I made in subsequent images
  11. Hello, This is my first post. I bought a used Celestron 127. It's in great shape, and included all the accessories. The telescope was put together already. My only problem is erecting 20mm eyepiece wobbles/there's no way to secure the eyepiece inside the focuser. I've looked through the manual and checked online, however I can't tell if this is normal or not. Photos of what I mean I only found one post on another site where someone was looking for a part. I took a screenshot. I have all the pieces in the picture. The second picture I took of the inside of the focuser. The knobs on the focuser do not seem to do anything. Am I missing a part? I thought maybe someone here might know. I haven't had much luck. Thank You!
  12. From the album: Vicky's Astronomy Gear

    Fitted my Celestron 80mm grab and go refractor with some visual quality solar film

    © Vicky050373

  13. From the album: Deep Sky Imaging

    The Pencil Nebula, NGC 2736, is a part of the Vela Supernova Remnant, near the Vela Pulsar in the constellation Vela, about 815 light-years away. This images total exposure time was 9 hours and 50 minutes, consisting of 13 x 600 second H-Alpha, 12 x 900 second OIII and 14 x 1200 second H-Beta 7nm narrowband channels. Taken through a 80mm Refractor @ f6.25, on a hypertuned CGEM mount with QHY268M camera.

    © Mariusz Goralski

  14. From the album: Deep Sky Imaging

    The Dolphin Head Nebula, Sh2-308 (RCW11 & LBN1052), is a bubble of gas expelled from the star EZ Canis Majoris in the constellation "Canis Major". This image was exposed in HAlpha, OIII and HBeta narrowband color. This photo consists of 12x600s Hα, OIII:12x900s OIII and 11x1200s Hβ at High Control Gain of 62 and an offset of 25. Taken from a semi rural (Bortle 4-5) sky through a 80mm Refractor @ f6.25, on a hypertuned CGEM mount with QHY268M camera for a total exposure time of 8 hours and 40 minutes. Object name: Dolphin/Gourd Nebula Object ID: Sh2-308 (RCW11 & LBN1052) Constellation: Canis Major Coordinates: RA: 06h54m15.88s, DEC: -23°48’44.70” (star Central: EZ CMa/WR 6 & Orange: O1CMa) Distance: 4530 LY Magnitude: 7.0 Exposure Date: 09 - 13 March 2022

    © Mariusz Goralski

  15. Hi guys I just set up my new Celestron Astro FI 125mm and I'm having teething problems straight out the gates! Everything was going well until I tried to align it using the SkyPortal app and use the arrow controls on there but it will only move up and down and won't rotate Im sure there's something super simple I haven't done or have missed but I'm at a loss at the moment Thanks in advance!
  16. Hi. I've had a long term interest in astronomy and am just preparing to start getting some gear. I've spent a while now doing some research, reading and watching videos. I want to get started in visual observing, but I hope to, get into some astrophotography as well at some stage. I will definitely always want to be able to do visual, so I can share this with my family, and also I plan to get some decent scope experience for a while doing visual, plus I was thinking in terms of cost, starting out just visual allows me to stage the cost outlay by buying the camera gear later. I've mostly settled on the gear I'm looking at getting, but wanted to get some advice on one aspect. I am planning on at the start getting a Celestron SCT with a CGX mount plus the SkyPortal WiFi module. I was planning on also initially getting the Celestron StarSense. My plan for later was to get a not-too-expensive ZWO mono camera (at least to start with), EFW, plus a ZWO mini guide camera and an OAG. To manage all this I was planning on using either an AsiAir or Astroberry setup. So my question mostly revolves around whether or not the StarSense is effectively a waste in the long run? It seems to me that the functions the StarSense performs will end up also being able to be done by the cameras with the AsiAir/Astroberry. So instead of spending the money on the StarSense, can I simply earlier on buy the OAG, guide camera and AsiAir (or Astroberry) and then attach the OAG inline with the star diagonal, and then use the guide camera and AsiAir/Astroberry for alignment and mount control, while still doing visual astronomy (i.e. before I actually buy the "proper" main camera"), and thereby obviating the need for the StarSense altogether? Or is the idea/setup I've described completely stupid and non-functional in terms of visual observing? Can I actually use a guide camera via AsiAir/Astroberry for alignment, or does it have to be the main camera (which I wouldn't have in the initial setup I've described)? Hopefully I've explained myself well enough. Thanks.
  17. Hi there! i bought my very first telescope but it was second hand and the eyepieces were missing. it’s an AstroMaster 70 AZ - i’m hoping to get good views of the moon/jupiter etc so i was wondering what eye piece everyone would recommend? very thankful for any help given! 😅 - bri
  18. Hello, I’ve never used this website before and only used my telescope a handful of times. I own a 130slt with 25mm and 9mm eyepieces. I am struggling to see anything other than the moon, I could see saturn with the naked eye earlier and when I pointed the telescope at it with my 9mm It barely showed me anything. No rings. No definition… nothing, it’s frustrating me a bit. Im not expecting wonders from it but a little more than just the moon. I have read somewhere that I need a 4mm eyepiece, is this correct? I would love to get back into it and any help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks, archie.
  19. Hello, I've been on these forums a couple of times for the last 2 weeks and ive found amazing advice, on telescopes, mounts and eyepiece. Besides reading countless of information on the internet about various equipments; pros and cons; and i got some queries about how to upgrade my setup. My original purchase was a 15x70 Celestron Binoculars last year, and boy ive seen amazing things with it, specially globular clusters, Jupiter and Saturn and the Orion's Nebula; for me these were amazing; i still use them given how easy it is to look at the sky with them and how bright and full everything looks. A couple of months ago i got a 70x400mm Gskyer Telescope with an AZ mount (The cheap 99$ one that Amazon is displaying on all its adds for the last two months) it came with a 25mm and a 10mm eyepieces as well as a x3 barlows (which i didnt even count as part of my scope as it is too bad quality and i havent managed a single decent view with it). Currently My Celestron Binoculars (x15) seem better for visualizing the sky than the 25mm eyepiece (x16) (things seem a very bit dimmer). And since the Barlow is a "no go", the 10mm (x40) eyepiece is what i really use, it has decent zoom and detailed views , it is my go to eyepiece most of the nights. However from reading all around, ive read that most of the stuff that come with the Telescope (aside from the scope itself) are actually really bad quality, specially no name brands without even webpage, so if i were to maximise my telescope i should update some of those items. -Recently i ordered a new Start diagonal to replace to default one (ive heard on Refractors its usually the weakest link next to eyepieces) as well as an economic x2 Barlow lens Keep in mind i recognize my 70mm cheap telescope will not suddendly become the Hubble Telescope, and that it doesnt matter how hard i push it, in the end such a low scope will be bound to hit its limit pretty fast, thats why i avoid 70$+ eyepieces and barlows for now. I expect to keep using this telescope for a good couple of months; at least until around August, when Jupiter and Saturn are more in the night sky, rather than morning. Now, im very satisfied with my current telescope; while the phone mount is garbage and the phone weight and the sound of my heartbeats pretty much shake the telescope out of position, as well as how cheap the mount is; it still gets the job done for seeing interesting stuff in the sky and i have managed to do some AP for some of the globular clusters, bunch of 1-2s images (with the wrong lens), not the best, not even good pictures; but decent overall for my equipment. I am currently interested in stargazing in general and some minor AP (as i dont have a camera, currently an Iphone 7s with the mount) Buuut im interested in borrowing a camera for the low sky photos without a telescope. I do most 97% of my Skywatching on my backyard, i live in a small country, there is some light pollution, but i can see the pleiades and the orion's nebula core on the naked eye most nights (so i guess its not that contaminated lol) Now; currently i like finding stuff by myself and show it to the other people around me who cant be bothered to find the moon in the sky, so setting up, finding and seeing stuff is part of what i like. With all the above in mind..... Id like to plan ahead for my next purchases. First, im thinking a x3 barlow lens (to replace the original crappy one) and a 15mm lens (to have a bit better view than the 10mm, but less spread than the 25mm) in two or three months (with this id be able to check if my new eyepiece outperforms my default ones, but given the quality of the scope, i dont expect this to be noticeable). And Afterwards id love to get a new Scope, but im not quite sure what i want... and i would like some advice and help in choosing my next Scope upgrade. -I entered with and im liking the refractors; however i dont wanna spend 300-400$ on another refractor that is 20-30% better for triple the price -Ive heard really long focal lenght might bring some distortions; and also make the scope much bulkier, annnd most importantly i know that magnification is not everything; so a 1000mm long tube would prob bring too much magnifications for me to use properly on my backyard skies. So i think id settle for a maximum of 600-700mm. -Originally i was againts Newtonians in general, those inverted views scared me, i have a hard time of my own with my finderscope. Then i found out that Reflectors are the name of efficiency as they have more value per aperture than refractors; and as someone once mentioned "There is not really up and down in space, you will get used to it" annnd its true... save for references on the ground, like buildings, trees and mountains to help you locate where you are in the sky; once you are on it, you dont need right ups and downs. -I did see some 90mm Orion's Refractors as well as 90-102 Celestron Astromaster Refractors (these are 350-400$) -Im thinking a 130mm reflector is what im looking for; i think the 130mm aperture is a nice upgrade for my 70mm, and will keep me occupied for quite a long time; ive read about Orion SpaceProbe 130EQ and Celestron Astromaster 130EQ (ive also read, Power Seekers and Astromaster's are made out of pretty much garbage lol) Ive read that the main issue is the constant collimation required for them; but ive also read its something that can be learned and once you get used to it; its a pretty easy thing to do to keep getting amazing views. -Ive also seen people recommending 6-8'' Dobsonians; i know the deal with them; if anything i could aim for a 6'' one i found a litter under 300$ ive read they are amazing values for their aperture So, TL;DR: I have a 70x400mm Telescope, im new to stargazing, im really amazed and excited by what im seeing with my current scope, but would like an stable upgrade before the end of the year that will last me a year or two. I am interesteted both in regular and deep sky stargazing and astrophotography; im not currently interested in an motorized mount; could deal with a regular Equatorial mount. But overall i am looking for more aperture (100-150mm) to have clearer views; than focal lenght for zoom. Im also open to the fact that at one point i might have to get a scope for stargazing and another for AP; but would like an upgrade that could help me all around for both while i get initiated. ------------------------------------------------------------------ Sorrry for the Huuuuuuuuge post, i was very excited while writing it; please let me know what you think and if there's anything else you'd want me to add to help understand my situation, thanks in advance!
  20. Hello I need reviews on Celestron CGX L. Is it a good mount ? My scope is Celestron cpc EdgeHD 1100. reliabilty ? disconnetions ? tracking ? My current mount is Celestron Alt Azm Mount and I have all my accessories from Celestron like focus motor, Starsense, Skyportal, All Star Polar. Allignment etc, these have made my life very easy. Else I do have option to buy ioptron CEM70 but I’m not familiar with the product but most of my Celestron accessories which can be connected to CGXL will go in waste. Secondly how important is the GPS that I will have to buy separately because CGXL doesn’t have built in. Thirdly I can buy CGXL without mount. Is there any way I can fit this on to my current Alt Azm Mount? Or Pier. I can easily save 1100 USD. Right now my Telescope is fitted on the Alt Azm Mount and giving me lots of disconnections on WiFi. That’s the problems I am facing. If it’s no more in new CGX L I would go for it. im confused.
  21. Hello, I am new to using a telescope but am an avid manual reader and usually a fairly quick study. I have bought a pre-loved Celestron Nexstar Evolution 9.25 {originally purchased in Sydney Australia in 2014} and am struggling to do the 2 star alignment. I have reset the scope to Factory Settings and have added my location, correct time, STD or DLS time; time zone etc. I take the scope out and level it, align the marks on the base of the motor and on the arm that holds the scope. I point the scope whilst still levelled and marks aligned North. I try to align to Sirius and the scope points to my feet. I have tried following the steps but nothing is working. I have tried using the SkyPortal App and that is more of a success but still not quite. I try to align Sirius and it will point up and very close to the star but not aligning with it. I ask it to GoTo the stars in Orion’s Belt and it will be close but not quite so not aligned....at least it isn’t pointing to my feet. Any suggestions would be welcomed. Thank you.
  22. Complete newb here only 1 month in to it all. Researching as much as I can each day and trying to learn new things every hour. Here's my rig: Celestron AVX 8" SCT Celestron AVX Mount Celestron 2x Barlow Various Celestron additional eyepieces Celestron Starsense Auto Aligner ZWO ASI 224mc color cam I believe I can use the 224 cam as part of an auto guider solution and am wondering what else I would need for that, assuming I would be best servers with an off axis guider solution. Many thanks in advance...
  23. Good evening everyone I am looking at a SkyProdigy 6 telescope for a friend. the mount had a rattle/lose part. I partially unscrewed the casing and the plastic cylinder pictured below fell out. Anyone got any idea what it is or where is comes from. Looks plastic but can feel metal in the centre. Does anyone have a service manual or disassembly guide? Many thanks in advance Steve
  24. I just recently got 15x70 Celestron Skymaster binoculars, and finally got a nice clear sky. I'm in bortle zone 4. I looked up online how to find certain messier objects, and looked for them, but i couldn't find them. (btw, i do have a tripod, and i used that most of the time) Why couldn't I find ANY messier objects?? I was certain i would be able to find some.... Any tips?
  25. I've seen a Celestron FI 130 come up locally for pretty cheap. Had a close look at it, and since it has a dovetail mount I can remove the scope and put my DSLR rack on it. The aluminium legs are very slightly wobbly, but I'm pretty sure I can stiffen the tripod with a few extra bracing members. At first glance it looks like a cheap and easy way of getting motorised tracking for my Astrophotography, but my main question is how good is the tracking on the mount? Is it accurate enough for wide field Astrophotography up to about a 400mm lens?
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