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crbazzer

synscan goto, says there are no stars to align to in this region

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I've been out tonight with my sky watcher 130p goto, I couldn't set it up because the hand set said there was only one star to align to but I couldn't see this one because of the house. there were no more stars in the list for  my region bright enough to align to but I could see plenty in the sky. I think the handset only lists stars above a brightness of 1.5. what are you suppose to do if you can't align the scope. I have aligned it before in the same place. Is there a way of picking my own stars to align to.

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The handset gives you two alignment options, brightest star and 2 star alignment. Brightest star asks for a region of sky to choose from for the first star and 2 star allows you to choose your own alignment stars from the list.

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yes I know this but I couldn't point to the brightest star one and the two star alignment said there were no stars in this region to point to ?

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if I am looking south do I pick the southern region, I think this is correct, I could clearly see Sirius low down and orions belt and Jupiter etc but the handset didn't give me any stars in the 2star list to choose from.

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i'm an idiot !!!!!  just sussed out what I was doing wrong. when setting the hand set up, I inputted the date as 08/03/2014,8th of march 2014 when looking closer the day and the month are the wrong way around, it should have been 03/08/2014, at 20:00  on this date it will be still daylight. Not surprising it wouldn't give me any stars to align to. I will know next time.

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If I had a pound for everyone who admits to doing this I could afford to update my scope right now  :grin:  :grin:

Good luck.

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if I am looking south do I pick the southern region,

No, you are in the northern hemisphere even if you are looking south.

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thanks proto star, yes I know i'm in the northern hemisphere, what I meant was the handset asks which region you want to align your stars with. I'm looking to the south so I input southern region.

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Ooops, sorry.

Synscan sounds completely different to the celestron system.

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