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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:07 PM
Has anyone received the Star Sense unit yet ?
Not yet i'm afraid. Just got an email back from Celestron saying shipping starts at the end of the month and for all those people who want to take a peek at the manual, that wont be up on the site until a couple of weeks after first shipments...... Oh well
Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:26 PM
I've been slowly rebuilding a Nexstar 8 GPS's forks into a trapeze setup capable of an over-under arrangement of two telescopes going on it, and I've been thinking this would be a turbo-cool mobile rig if StarSense enabled.
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Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:46 AM
Anybody have any updates on this? I'd love to get one, but I don't like ordering products that may never materialize--once burnt, twice shy.
If you want to order, just pick a reputable merchant like the sponsor of this BBS, Astronomics. Anybody worth their salt won't charge your card till the product ships.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 03:26 PM
Just because it ships doesn't mean it will work.
Which is why you don't want Celestron to ship this before they are ready, pull an "LX800" or an "LX80," that is.
Posted 17 August 2013 - 04:40 PM
1) I don't observe much during winter. I don't want it to arrive in mid-November so it can sit around till by next summer an improved version (by a competitor?) surfaces.
2) It seems they underestimated the issues with the product, and so I'm getting worried that they'll release it eventually and it'll still be buggy. There are some circumstances where being an early adopter is not the wisest thing...
Posted 21 August 2013 - 10:30 PM
Posted 22 August 2013 - 06:09 AM
I just received an E-Mail that OPT was shipping my Star Sense.
That's exciting! I will be very interested to see two things: 1) For people who already are comfortable with doing quality 2+4 alignments, will the StarSense actually result in equal or better pointing accuracy? and 2) For people like me who live in white zones, will it be able to find enough stars to successfully align?
If the answer to both of these is YES then this is going to be a really big product for Celestron.
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Posted 23 August 2013 - 06:08 AM
I just downloaded the manual from the Celestron site and was reading it. I noticed it said that if your imaging you might want to add calibration reference points to improve accuracy and so it will better center your objects. It said if your just entering one it should be near the object your imaging. Otherwise you can enter up to 10 calibration reference points. It also recommends adding multiple calibration reference points when doing a Polar Alignment.
I will want to be adding about 4 calibration reference points each night. It wants you to manually slew to each reference point. This kind of takes away from the whole ideal of having an automatic alignment device. If I don't use the Starsense and manually align my mount, the mount will automatically pick and slew to each of the calibration stars for me. But not if I'm using the Starsense. I think its kind of crummy that I will have to manually slew to each calibration point I add. Plus I will have to decide where in the sky to slew to for each of these added cal. points. How am I supposed to know where the best places to pick are.
I think they need to do a firmware update already. It sure would be nice if you could just input the number of additional calibration reference points you want to add. Then it would pick where to add them and automatically slew to each one. Geez it seems like common sense would have told them to do it this way. And if you want to just add one in a specific area then you could manually slew to that area.
I'm guessing many of us plan to take some images and plan to use the Polar Alignment feature. It sure would be nice if this thing was Automatic on the added calibration points also, and not just on the initial alignment points.
I'm not going to like having to manually slew my mount to points from one end of the sky to the other 4 times. And I have no ideal where the best places are that will do the best overall good to improve accuracy or for the Polar Alignment.
I think Celestron needs to get back to work and come up with a firmware update to correct this.
Posted 23 August 2013 - 09:07 AM