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#1 gaz-in


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Posted 02 February 2014 - 08:05 AM

Hi All,

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?


#2 Mr Greybush

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 09:21 AM

IMHO and in respect a StarSence is an accessory that isn't worth the cost because using the HC aligning the telescope for either visual or AP is faster.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 01:34 PM

There is no advantage to having a Starsense unless you do not use any type of finder scope or perhaps have better things to do for 3 minutes. I will say the hand controller is nice though. Scroll speed through the object database is much faster. I like having the two lines of information too. That having been said, a careful 2 star plus 4 calibration using the NexStar+ HC the AVX comes with is actually more accurate or at the worst AS accurate. Also currently the ASPA is broken.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 02:11 PM

Hi All,
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.

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Posted 02 February 2014 - 03:02 PM

from my understanding, with the camera (SSA) it can pick out stars that are not visable enough to the eye and perform alignment when is very hard to do visually?? And am aware it has kinks, but somw apps work great and others are still being tweeked,,, Join team celestron and ask there, Kasey

#6 Robert York

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:33 PM

Maybe others are super-experts, but it would take me 30 minutes to align my scope and mount properly, before I got the SSA. I timed it. Often. All the fiddling to get stars dead on the crosshairs and all that *BLEEP*. It was so frustrating for me, I wouldn't go out some nights because I didn't want to mess with that.

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.

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