AVX and Celestron StarSense
Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:05 AM
Read the big dude thread on the Celestron StarSence. However, I had more of a process question. Again, with respect to visual observing,When using the AVX for visual, does the StarSence do all that is necesary for alignment? With the AVX and StarSense are there any extra steps over using StatSense on an ALT-AZ mount?
Posted 02 February 2014 - 09:21 AM
Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:34 PM
Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:11 PM
Again, with respect to visual observing,When using the AVX for visual, does the StarSence do all that is necesary for alignment?
There is nothing additional you need to do for visual. In fact, polar alignment and level just need to be approximate. 3 minutes and you're ready or visual. Regardless of how fast some claim to do 2+4 alignments, it has increased my gumption for casual work night backyard viewing. GOTOs in my experience are consistently in field of view. Software bugs aside, I think it is one of the most useful add ons.
Posted 02 February 2014 - 03:02 PM
Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:33 PM
The SSA is done in 3 minutes and it's perfect every time. I'm sorry, with short summer nights and all the problems I have sleeping at it is, the 30 minutes a night I save was easily worth the $330.
No, it can't do ASPA yet, which annoys me to no end, since I can't see Polaris, and the issues with my CGEM is another problem all together. But the SSA is the best money I've spent for astronomy gear hands down, for me.
However, I hate finding stars and fiddling with a fickle mount and buttons for half an hour. I want to get up and started with my imaging. I want a mount and scope I can toss on the ground, hit a button, and it polar aligns itself, orients itself, and starts guiding itself, then I just give it a target. But that's a ways off. Some people really enjoy the fiddling around part. It's all about what you enjoy. And don't enjoy.