Celestron StarSense with CGEM Mount
Posted 22 July 2014 - 11:15 PM
Thanks for you advice.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 08:59 AM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 09:08 AM
I see Celestron says that it included the polar alignment (AllStar) routine. I've heard StarSense owners say this is not the case.
Not sure Rod as I don't use ASPA, but the alignment and calibration works good with only casual pointing toward Polaris. I do have Alignmaster, but have not used it much either as the polar scope gets me close enough.
Posted 23 July 2014 - 10:23 AM
Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:52 PM
Posted 24 July 2014 - 08:46 PM
Posted 25 July 2014 - 02:20 PM
But who knows, I like Alignmaster and may just end up using that as a long term solution anyhow.
Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:21 PM
So basically, my polar alignment is 'wing it', but it works for AP. My guiding is pretty chaotic, which could be the mount trying to fight the misalignment, but I would have thought I would see field rotation for such a long exposure. So either my 'marks on the pavement' method is pretty good, or something else is going on.
I have used ASPA on it, but it's not quite working right, as others have said. One option is to use the original hand controller to polar align, then when that's done, swap controllers. But that kinda defeats the purpose.
There are some tools that use ASCOM available that will give you your polar alignment error so you can do a manual ASPA.
Celestron's got some cool toys... but they need a lot more polish.