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If anyone is looking for a great telescope, I'm selling my NexStar 8SE. It's in great condition, Optics are immaculate and there is only some signs of use on the dovetail bar and the black rim that has faded a bit on one side. The reason that I'm selling is that I'm looking to upgrade.
I had some amazing views of planets and DSO through this scope.... it really is a performer in quite a compact package.
This scope was on a CGEM most of it life so the NexStar Alt-Az mount was hardly used.
I prefer to have this scope local pickup or I'm happy to deliver and even give a tutorial and demonstration of how to use it.. for that reason I'm targeting a buyer around Sydney Australia.
The price I'm asking is $1650AUD.
I had bought this in the hope that i will do astro trips more often. Hasn't happened and i use my avx at home. So this is not finding much use.
An extremely portable setup, the mount with weight and tripod leg spreader fits in a shoe box. The stock nuts have been replaced by winged nuts for easy grip in the dark.
One of the tripod's legs suffered a slight damage, but I've taped it well and does not affect its performance.
I will include the computer connecting cable as well as polemaster adapter.
You can read its review here:
Will prefer pickup from London as the postage may be tricky due to the tripod
I have used my Star Adventurer for a while now and is very satisfaid with it. But it could be improved and I have installed an angled viewfinder to the polar telescope, rebuilt the wedge, etc.
But there is also the tripod, the one I have now is stable but very big, nothing that I could take with me when traveling. All photagraphy tripods I have looked at that is maximum 0.5 meter long folded look a bit weak or are very expensive. Now I have bought an used Manfrotto model 144, very stable but too long folded. This weekend I cut off the legs to make it shorter. I don't need very high tripod now when using the angled viewfinder.
Here is my tripod project:
I've made a serial connection with my pc and my Virtuoso and i'm trying to send commands to my mount via Matlab without passing trough a Synscan controller but I'm not sure if it is do-able. I found the communication protocol of the Synscan (attached). Can I use it to send the same commands on a serial port directly connected to my mount ?
SkyWatcher instruction user Manual SynScan Serial Communication Protocol.pdf
This is my very first time working with a telescope and i'm having trouble connecting my mount to my pc (It seems very easy for you guys, shame on me).
I've followed a lot of threads which helped me a lot on this forum but it still won't work.
This is what I've done:
-I've build a cable RJ12/USB with a USB/TTL chip connecting the Rx to the Tx, the Tx to the Rx and the GND to the GND. (with the adpated driver which works fine)
-I've installed the Driver "AzGoto by Armazem Do Telescopio"
-I've installed the ASCOM plateform
-I've installed StellariumScope, Stellarium and Skychart
-In both softwares I chose the Driver AZ GOTO, fill in my latitude and longitude and the appropriate port COM
But when I try to connect my telescope, I have to wait over 5 minutes until an error pops up with 'BasicApi.MountControlException"
Do you guys have any idea what's going on ?
Again, these are my first steps into Astronomy.
Thanks you very much.