Precise GOTO - Key feature -> how to get it remote
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:00 AM
I have a NEXREMOTE software for my CPC1100 but I am not sure if I can control the CG-5 with that software package. Does anyone know, if I can change the firmware in the software to the new NextStar+ hand control? I think the current software is 4.18 while my NexStar+ handset is 5.21
Ok, if that does not work, I was thinking of buying a more sophisticated all-around observation computer control system like SkyTools for instance. Does anyone know if that program features the equivalent of PRECISE GOTO? Is there any other software that performs this function?
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:01 AM
it has this plate-solving mechanism so after the slew it takes a short exposure, plate-solves the image to determine where the telescope is actually pointing, then corrects.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:14 AM
I would think twice about leaving the CG5 outside in winter without protection, that's for dadgum sure.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 09:25 AM
Posted 13 October 2012 - 10:08 AM
Why do you say you'd worry about leaving it outside? I have it covered with a Telegizmo 365. Only the mount+tripod. OTA stays indoors....
I have the polar alignment now reasonably good. I find that when I use the HC remote I usually get the target in the FOV. My problem is really more with the SkyFI which normally misses the new target especially in a long skew. I can 'hop' using SkyFi, performing local syncs every 10 degrees or so from lets say M57 to the Helix Nebula, but its sort of a pain. When I use the HC Nexremote I agree that usually i capture the target in my FOV. According to Tim and Bill on the SOuthern Stars yahoo group they are working on coding the SkyFi to directly communicate with the mount and bypass the HC... so maybe this whole issue will go away in a few more weeks/months...
Yes, I am thinking about MaximDL. I think if it had a plugin for the MallinCam Extreme that I would buy it... until then maybe the idea of an extra long cable for the HandControl is not a bad idea...
I am running the wires into my home office from about 70 feet away. So an interim solution could be to just buy 100ft of straight-through 6-pin telephone cable with an inline connector and keep the HC inside the house with me... BUT... this probably is not an ideal solution as what happens when I need to go outside to the mount, if I unplug and replug the HC won't it lose its bearings?
Ugh... oh well, seems like the easiest solution is to just wait for the Southern Stars folks to upgrade their software to talk directly to the mount...
Posted 13 October 2012 - 11:29 AM
Why do you say you'd worry about leaving it outside? I have it covered with a Telegizmo 365.
No matter how well you secure a cover over your equipment outdoors for long term protection... moisture evaporating from the ground will condense inside the cover and all over the equipment ... been there, done that, to my regret! I can't think of a better way to turn nice equipment into a pile of junk.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 06:13 PM
And what follows after a dew-laden night? That's correct. Often sunshine! Then it's a sauna under that cover with no where for the moisture to go.
It's fine for actual precipitation though and I assumed, as this product is raved about by so many, that I was odd man out and folks storing their gear on concrete or gravel might not experience the issue to nearly the same degree.
I don't use the TG routinely anymore. Only when actual precipitation is going to be a factor. On dewy nights a green plastic trash bag is better for a mount on grass, as inelegant as that sounds . . . and looks.
Again, on cement or gravel, things may be very different.
Posted 13 October 2012 - 07:32 PM