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  1. Hello all! A question for all you Starsense users out there ... When I do an auto align with Starsense, it duly goes through it's routine of moving the scope to different star targets and resolves each one fine (5 targets I believe). Then it displays on the handset "StarSense Ready". At this point the telescope tube is always pointing in some random direction - is this how yours behaves after it finishes alignment ? Just pointing at the last star it used as a target reference ? At this point I usually set my scope to go to it's "HOME" position, but whenever I "GOTO" a target it is never in the scopes eyepiece and I have to manually hunt around for it. (Using a wide angled eyepiece). Should I just "GOTO" a target without going to "HOME" position first, or should it not matter ? NB - All this after precise Polar Alignment using Polemaster. Grateful for your input Many thanks Kind Regards V.
  2. Hello All, Firstly, apologies if this is not in the right place but I've tried software and cameras and have not had much luck... Does anyone here use the Celestron Starsense camera and use a PC to control your setup? I am currently burning brain-cells with frustration trying to work out how to do this. Basically, before I could use Nexremote but this does not work with Starsense. I can (I think) use Stellarium but this only works for Goto operation and does not have the option to nudge up/down left/right. This is no good if I need to centre the target when slightly off. I have looked at Ascom but I can not work that out either. Currently I have one cable running from the scope which gives me control over two cameras, the focusser and scope. I do not want to add another cable if I can help it so it would be good to find out the correct software to use with Starsence if possible. Many thanks Karl
  3. Hi All, Anyone selling Celestron starsense for skywatcher mounts please.
  4. I just setup my CPC 1100 Edge HD scope with the Celestron heavy duty wedge and I want to do AP. The tripod is on a JMI wheeler bar and I put vibration pads under the wheels. The setup is on my deck on top of the main bean as I do not have a good spot on solid ground. The scope is a little shakier than without the wedge but not horrible. So, based on others experience: 1. Will this work for both short and long exposure AP or do I need a eq mount? Or, does that not matter since I can only use it on my deck and not solid ground? 2. By chance, has anyone used this setup with Starsense to align? Thanks in advance for any help/suggestions. Bruce
  5. For Celestron, NexStar and StarSense. Are they different or does one incorporate the other? It's confusing! How do the above compare to Meade's version(s), Sky Watcher's, Orion US, Vixen's & any others?
  6. One can perform an All Star Polar Alignment (ASPA) on a Celestron Alt-Az mount on a wedge when using a Nexstar + HC. I get down to a Polar Alignment Error measured in arc-seconds, commensurate with any GEM. This route requires good basic alignment skills. However, if you have mastered a routine 'two star align' it is no more difficult. Just follow the instructions in the HC for an EQNorth, then Polar Align (then conclude with further EQNorth). However, it would be much easier, faster, convenient and GoTos even more accurats if this process was possible with a Starsense auto-align. However, a 'bug' has frustrated wedge owners for nigh on three years. Starsense works fine on a GEM or Alt-Az, but not on a wedge, UNTIL NOW. The good news is that Celestron has fixed the bug in the Starsense HC wedge routine and the updated firmware is in beta-test via TeamCelestron. A public release is imminent. Like the Nexstar + HC this routine offers a complete ASPA including software aided elimination of any residual Polar Alignment Error (e.g. firmware tells you the knob adjustment necessary). The other good news is that Simulation Curriculum has fixed a similar bug in the SkyPortal APP (not yet fixed in the SkySafari APP). Here you set 'Starsense Auto-Align' and 'Starsense on wedge' via the SkyPortal APP then set your wedge to your latitude; then tube to its index marks pointing South. Then <connect & align>. This offers an excellent Starsense Auto-Align on a severely leaning mount. GoTo's are highly accurate. I then tracked VEGA for over an hour without any noticeable drift, suffice for modest length longer exposure astrophotography provided your mount is level, your wedge latitude correct and your Tube start point South. However, this is NOT an ASPA. This routine does not guide you to do any final tweaks to eliminate any residual PAE error. It hence won't be quite as accurate as any "polar align" performed by the HC. But for those with modest aspirations that like using Starsense via WiFi APP, it will be pretty good. However, what you can now do is first use a Nexstar + HC to complete an ASPA. Return tube to its index marks on the now physically polar aligned wedge/mount. Recycle power; and proceed with a Starsense auto-align using either HC or WiFi/tablet. So you then have the benefit of an accurate ASPA plus the subsequent joy of Starsense superior GoTo accuracy. It is a great compromise. When the Starsense HC bug firmware release is in the public domain, I will add to this thread. Hope this guidance is helpful to wedge owners with Starsense.
  7. Hi After selling all my equipment some time ago I have now started the hobby again with a C925 on an AVX mount. Last night was my first chance to try out the Starsense Accessory, which seemed to work quite well. However I was a bit concerned that when doing the calibration for the SSA camera position and during the Polar Alignment routine the tracking seemed very jerky at higher magnifications. The video I took of Jupiter after alignment did not seem to show this (although poor in all other ways) so I don't know if the jerkiness is something to do with tracking mode used by the SSA handset during alignment. It could also be a mount fault or poor balance but I would expect that to show in the video? Has anyone else experienced this? Thanks Barry
  8. Hi Guys, I am selling some of my stuff as listed below: Celestron Nexstar 127SLT in pristine condition, no mark etc. It comes with two standard celestron eyepieces, hand controller and red dot finder... £279 £259 Collection only Celestron Starsense Autoalign -boxed. Although I am not selling both brackets. All what I am selling is shown in the photo... £189 £165 can be posted and buy pays pp -Sold Celestron Skymaster 25x70 -boxed. Used only few times, I would call these as brand new.... £49 can be posted and buy pays pp -Sold Orion Starshoot Autoguider - boxed. I have Orion Deep space colour camera which I am going to use for guiding so selling Autoguider. £179 £149 can be posted and buy pays pp- Sold Collection only... small items can be posted Any questions please feel free to ask, I put these only ABS as well.
  9. I'm trying to do the firmware update for the Starsense in which I needed to install Java which I uninstalled ages ago because it plays havoc with my laptop. Now, when I try and open the update a message pops up say 'A Java Exception has occurred' Not a good start, having problems with it even before I've got it outside. Could someone please tell me what to do? Many thanks.
  10. Hello folks, I need some help, first of all is the Starsense compatible with the NEQ6 Pro. The second is a problem I have caused myself and cannot be fixed till later in the New Year but the question is if a mount is only roughly aligned will the Starsense override this and give a better alignment to the mount in operating?
  11. For Sale: Celestron StarSense Accessory for Celestron Mounts. This is a used Celestron StarSense. See https://www.firstlightoptics.com/slt-series/celestron-starsense-accessory-for-celestron-mounts.html for more details. It is in excellent condition and has given me great service. I am moving to a DOB so it is no longer required. It is running the latest software version (from Feb 2016). I do not have the original manual but you can download it from here: http://www.celestron.com/media/1317936/94005_starsense_autoalign_manual_february2016.pdf and I do not have the original box but I will pack the items in separate small boxes within a larger box! ALL ORIGINAL PARTS ARE PRESENT AND INCLUDED AS SEEN IN THE PICTURES. NOW SOLD
  12. Hi all, So im looking at buying my self some new Equipment for my NexStar 6SE and i was hoping to get some help. Im thinking about buy a SkyPortal as i like the idea of been able to control my telescope with my phone, plus all the extra information it has on what you are viewing will be useful for when i have friends and family out with me. I am also considering buying StarSense, if their is one thing i hate and always seem to get wrong is the alignment of the telescope. When ever i align the telescope nothing is ever in the center of the eyepiece or if it is in the eyepiece at all its only for a couple of minutes. Its the alignment process that often puts me off from going out. So i think both of these would be a good addition to my Equipment, how ever i have read that they both need to be plugged in to the AUX port on my telescopes mount. My telescope only has 2 ports on it one is labeled AUX and the other is labeled Auto Guide. But both of the ports look identical. So would i be ok to plug both of them in to these ports or would i need an adapter to give me more AUX ports? Also would both of these devises work together. Say i turn on my telescope will i be able to use my phone with the SkyPortal and be able to tell it to do the Auto Align with the StarSense? Then their is one last thing i would like to buy. a NexImage 5 Solar System Imager. I would love to take some videos with it and then get a nice looking photo out of it. I have seen some people saying i would need a 0.5 Focal Reducer to get good quality out of my telescope, is that correct? if so can you explain what this Focal Reducer does exactly. Thanks in advanced for any help you can give.
  13. Does anyone run their AZ-GTi using StarSense? Considering it and have some questions. 1. Can the mount still operate on WiFi 2 .How does the mount get time and location data. 3. Can I run SkySafari 5 plus? Thanks for any advice offered.
  14. Last night was the second time I used my StarSense alignment using SkyPortal. The first time I had a half dozen alignment failures and one success. Last night I tried 15 times, using SkyPortal to align my Celestron Evolution 8. Each time it was able to align two out of three stars, but always on the third star I would get the error message, "Alignment Pointing Error too Large." I have no idea what this means or how to remedy the problem. Would appreciate any enlightenment. Joe
  15. Hi all, I have posted in another thread that I have purchased a Celestron StarSense autoalign accessory so I thought I would create a dedicated topic to review it and feed back how I get on with it. I got it from Rother Valley Optics for £295 although I think the price has now gone up to the RRP of £329. There was a slight delay in delivery due to low stock in the UK but to RVO's credit it was only a week which I thought was pretty good. On unboxing I was suprised how much bigger it was than expected. It is very solidly built from good quality plastic and metal - no movement or flexing of the case when gripped or squeezed. In fact if you handle it with your eyes closed you would swear it was solid metal. It is supplied with 2 mounting brackets. The one it comes fitted with is the larger of the two. You may need to change it to the smaller one depending on your scope. According to the manual use the large bracket with: All Celestron Schmidt-CassegrainsAll Celestron EdgeHDsNexStar 4SE Maksutov-Cassegrainand the small bracket with: Celestron 6” f/8.3 RefractorNexStar 102SLT RefractorNexStar 127SLT Maksutov-CassegrainNexStar 130SLT ReflectorAll Celestron Reflectors and Refractors Packaged with the Advanced VX MountAll NexStar GT optical tube assembliesSeveral other optical tubes from other manufacturers which use a similar finder dovetail base.I have a NexStar 127SLT Maksutov-Cassegrain so needed to fit the smaller bracket. The supplied manual gives very clear instructions with photographs that show you how to change the bracket. You need to loosen the allen screw holding the bracket in place and remove the lens shroud by unscrewing it in order to slide the bracket off but it is very simple. Just make sure you put the two large orange washers back either side of the small bracket when you slide it on. Then the lens shroud is screwed back on. It doesn't mention tightening up the allen screw once you have changed the bracket - hopefully most people would work that out for themselves. I wasn't sure what orientation to leave it in but assumed it would need to match the view the scope sees so I rotated it to match once it was attached to the OTA then tightened the screw. There is also a replacement hand control which has the extra functionality to control the StarSense - this replaces the existing NexStar+ hand control and plugs into the same socket on the mount. A new cable is also supplied. That's about it - here are some pictures showing how I changed the bracket and the StarSense mounted on my scope. I'm waiting for a clear evening to try it out now. I'm hoping to video it in action as it aligns itself and if I manage I'll post the results in this topic. I'd also be interested to hear from anyone else who has used it on the Nexstar 127 and especially what orientation they set the device to in it's bracket - perpendicular to the OTA or level with the horizon (so the logo on the back is horizontal). I'm not sure if it makes any difference - maybe the device adjusts for that when it solves the images it takes of the stars. The StarSense as supplied with the large bracket fitted. (AA battery included for scale). With the lens shroud and bracket removed. With the small bracket fitted and lens shroud replaced. Note orange washers either side of bracket. Attached to the OTA (The CDs are not part of my setup - just there to stop it rolling )
  16. I have this up for sale, still have the box and will cost you £190 plus postage. I prefer bank transfer but PayPal is good, if you add the fee..
  17. I am selling my Celestron Starsense Autoalign. It is all complete as sold & boxed, fully updated to current firmware in HC & Camera (be aware mini USB for Camera updating is not included as is not supplied as standard). In mint condition, only used 3 times, now gone down the Polemaster route. £240.00 Price includes postage - Royal Mail Special Delivery (UK ONLY) £230.00 if collected Payment via Bank Transfer Also advertised on ABS
  18. Hi guys, Having had difficulty in aligning and never actually managing to get my AVX to track to the standard I know it can, is the Celestron StarSense gadget the answer? I know I can align my scope accurately if I put the effort in and having moved last year I’ve been unable to have my mount fixed on a pier so I’m seriously considering this piece of kit as an easier way to align and to motivate me to get out more often. Please share your thoughts..... Adaaam75
  19. 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
  20. Guys, Just tested the latest skysafari5 auto update (which supports Celestron Starsense) on my CPC1100 using a Celestron SkyPortal Wifi module. It works, skysafari takes you through the star sense auto align. You need to make sure you select "Celestron Wifi" as your scope type in the sky safari settings. HTH, Alan
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