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#1 Hubert


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:00 PM


I recently bought a Celestron Advanced Goto mount (CG-5).
I can store in the handcontroller 99 user defined objects. Is there a way to store more then 99 objects in it?
I'm a variable observer with about 200 stars to observe and it would be nice if I could put al the coordinates in it.

clear skies, Hubert

#2 jrbarnett


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 05:53 PM


I don't think so. What I've had to do with my Orion Atlas EQ-G, which has only 25 User Defined Objects, is to create paper-based lists of 25 regional targets, and then manually input the desired list prior to the observing session. It's a nightmare, but because the Atlas has no "slew-to RA and Dec" command, it is a necessary evil.

On the other hand, the Nexstar does have a slew-to RA and Dec command. So long as you have a list of target variables with RA and Dec data, you could bypass the User Defined Object feature altogether.



#3 Hubert


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Posted 03 September 2009 - 11:27 PM


I have indeed a list with coordinates of al my variables but it's time consuming typing them in while observing. It's faster when I can use the used defined object feature. But 99 is not enough.

clear skies, Hubert

#4 Chris Rowland

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 03:41 AM

You have a number of options:
Use NexRemote; you can select a tour of your choice and you should be able to define your own.
Use NexTour; it will do the same thing.
Use any of a number of scope control programs that can have any number of objects. There may be something that runs on a PDA to do this.

Hope this helps, I've not gone into this in detail but it gives a few ideas.


#5 Hubert


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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:44 AM

Hi Chris,

thanks for the advice. I think that will be the best thing to do.

regards, Hubert

#6 JAT Observatory

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Posted 04 September 2009 - 11:50 AM

I would suggest either buying a netbook or an ultra portable PC. Then you can either use software to control the scope or reload the handbox in the field if you need to change lists.

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