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  1. So I'm trying to accessorize [flicks hair], and according to a review of the Nexstar 8SE (which I just got yesterday), the guy and a bunch of other reviewers recommend the Celestron SkySync GPS. From what I understand this device tells your GoTo your coordinates, speeding up the time it takes to align your telescope. Its over $100 US dollars. And it can take up to 10 minutes to locate your coordinates, date and time. If you're planning a trip or just out on your yard/local park, this can come in handy. But if all it does is give your GoTo your coordinates why can't you simply go to Astronomy.Tools (now known to me thanks to StargazersLounge) and look up the coordinates before hand? Wouldn't it be faster to type in your coordinates than to wait 5-10 minutes for SkySync to work? I'm bringing this here wondering if I'm missing something? Does SkySync do something else besides give your coordinates? After it gives your coordinates, do you still need it for the rest of the night? Are its coordinates more precise? And if so, does that in any way change your experience as a casual viewer or a hardcore professional astrophotographer? How so? And is it true that it can not work at the same time with the Skyportal Wifi module? ? The thoughts and insights of this awesome community would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Blue skies .... sun setting...Yesssss..... Scope cooling. Jupiter looks like a searchlight, its going to be.....CLOUDY , they roll in and its gone. Day after day Cloud. BUT WAIT there are gaps with clear skies. dash out set up , align ..... Gap Closes. My problem was time, I need to be able to get out and see some space objects. I don't have time for serious imaging and I don't have the skill either LOL. My 10" Orion XTi takes a bit of time to move to the patio from the garage and its just a bit big to take elsewhere. I think and I think and .....I spend for a more portable and quick setup. First came the Mak 127 on an AZ mount, then the outrageously priced StarSense for Skywatcher to manage the align accurately and quickly. Then the very outrageously priced Celestron SkySync GPS which is £50 dearer than the Skywatcher GPS which does not work with the Satr Sense). I hope I have a good Grab & Go setup which I can plonk down, level and switch on and catch those gaps and those moments of magic between the fronts that roll through all the time (or does it just seem to be that way. The conversion to Roboscope (hey, my Mak has a name.....) has cost way more than the scope and mount which cost only £215 on Ebay (and its very nice). I just hope that the investment in lots of dosh is rewarded by making great use of time. Anyone else robotized a wee scope like this and if so how is it working for you? All I need now is for this cloud to go. Clear skies
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