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  1. Hi everyone! I'm just starting to use my first computerized telescope. Here's my problem (well, one of them anyways)- My ioptron 8502 80mm scope doesn't have a GPS built into it, so I enter my coordinates manually, yet my when I tell my scope to find a certain planet or star, it looks somewhere totally wrong. For the record, here's the info I'm entering into the telescope. I'm in Aurora, CO (area code 80013) so: Long: 104.789956 Lat: 39.647193 I face it south, at the manual instructs, but it still is way off. I have the date and time correct, as I check them routinely to make sure they're set properly. One last question, the scope computer also asks me to "Set the current Altitude and Azimuth of your telescope. " I have no idea what these settings should be. Can anyone help me with why I can't get the scope aligned properly? Thank You! Jon
  2. Hi, we have recently bought a new house in a semi-rural area close to Filey, North Yorks and requiring some help please regarding best location in the garden for siting an observatory. The "agreed" spot - that the boss is happy with (ie cannot see obs from the house) offers a view from 270° to 120°. From West to North viewing is ok above 50° (house) (270° to 359°) Due North to ESE is virtually uninterrupted. (0° to 120°) Down side is the trees to the south are too high (40') and not mine to deal with so that is going to be a real downer for Orion I think. Can anyone with "sky knowledge" please help and let me know how good or bad this outlook actually is - more importantly, what large galaxies/nebulas I stand to miss in the 120 - 269° direction. If it is a non starter then please be honest I have included a photo of the garden - the green dome is superimposed and where the planned location of the observatory will be built - the direction indicators are spot on and the hedgeline is about 12 feet high. Is there such a site online where you can enter your observing window and in turn it lets you know what is visible over the course of a calendar year ? Thanks in advance Oh, if I tell the missus "we have to move again" there will be some telescope gear appearing on here very cheap and me thinks some surgeons could be learning new "extraction techniques"
  3. Hi all, So, Im trying to reset the location on my 6SE, and its not giving me the option to set the Long/Lat of the scope. It merely gives me a list of cities to choose from. Where on earth am i going wrong? Do i need to do the firmware update that i have been dreading? Thanks in advance! C
  4. Hello everyone. I would appreciate some advice. I'm looking for a site with accommodation where I could do a couple of evenings of observing and where the Milky Way can be seen. Somewhere within reasonable driving distance of the West Midlands Midlands (so not the North of Scotland) would be perfect. Thanks in advance.
  5. Hi, How accurate does your location need to be when setting up GOTOs? As an example, by default, the Celestron StarSense offers location by City. Where I am, three cities are listed, one about 150miles away, the other tow are both 20 miles and 30 miles away. Is that sort of error in location actually usable? Yes, I know that I can set a custom location on the StarSense Question is around how accurate to I need to be? Google, OS, SkySafari, SkyPortal, Astro Locator all give different locations, as do many other sites that 'locate' me. Thanks
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