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Hey everyone, I just purchased my first refractor telescope but I have no idea where to get started, let’s get right into what my problem is. I purchased a Celestron C4-R; model number 21016; this came with a bunch of little pieces that I don’t know what they do, it’s a refractor telescope. I have the star diagonal but I don’t know where to attach it. I just want to know what I have to do to have it ready to be used thank you I would like help asap thank you👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
I apologise in advance if this has been answered elsewhere previously.
Monday night I was having horrendous issues with my first real attempt at using Sequence Generator Pro, most of this seems to be entered around the ASCOM driver of my Sesto Senso 2 focuser. In the end I gave up and did things manually using Cartes du Ciel to align the telescope to M31, however this is not where I found myself pointing. This was the first time I'd used the software to guide the mount, I used to use the mounts GOTO system. After carrying out a quick imaging run because I had lost the will to live, and by plate solving I found I was actually on *68 Cas (HD4142). I had polar aligned using QHY Polemaster, this must have been ok because guiding wasn't an issue 360s+ imaging.
I'm not a fan of Cartes du Ciel at the moment because it seems to be clunky and very slow graphically, this may be because I communicate via wifi.
I am curious what people that use SGP do with regards to getting going for a nightly run, would SGP be able to plate solve and realign the mount to a target when it is this far out, or have I made an error in how my park is setup on the mount, tube up-weights down not accurate enough?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated because there seems to be a lot of cloud around at the moment .
Skywatcher 120ED (Moonlite focuser) on HEQ5-Pro, Atik 314L+, EFW2, Eagle2 onboard computer.
I measured my setup times when i did my last imaging run. Absolutely shocking 🤔
Step 1: unmount 8" quattro, disassemble EQ6 into 3 parts, move parts to terrace and reassemble EQ6, remount 8", without counterweights: 6 minutes 50 seconds (correct position marked on terrace, with right arm hurt, good time )
Step 2: Mount counterweights and set scope to park position: 1 minute 55 secs
Step 3: Connect power sources and connect all cabling: 20 minutes
Step 4: get the computer and software running (on a very good night): 10 minutes
Step 5: Let my old QHY8 cam and the scope cool down: 1 hour - otherwise i get strong gradients!
Total prep time: 1 hour 39 minutes. Obviously, the cable time could be improved massively by training. But even if we could get the cabling time to zero, i'd get only down to 1h24', with the total time being dominated by the cooling of my rig.
Open question: As i would not leave my cam outside, there seems no real possibly to cut down significantly on my prep time, even with a small obsy? Or am i doing something wrong?
P.S.: Getting an expensive cam is right now no good option
If I am just generally looking through my telescope and find something interesting which is not near any identifiable object. Is there a simple way that I can save the position where my scope is pointing so that I can perhaps continue viewing the following night. Perhaps using a cell phone or other attachment, Some are so small that it is not visible through my finder scope. I have the Skywatcher 8" on a Dobsonian mount.