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Quote:The version option has been present in the Utilities menu since version 1.6, I'm not sure about earlier, but Mike Swanson's Nexstar site may be able to help, there were some that didn't have the Version option but they were early in the NexStar GPS life.ChrisChris
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Quote:Quote:The version option has been present in the Utilities menu since version 1.6, I'm not sure about earlier, but Mike Swanson's Nexstar site may be able to help, there were some that didn't have the Version option but they were early in the NexStar GPS life.ChrisChris Thanks for the site info.... very helpful!So, it looks like I have the original 1.2 Hand Control, which means I probably have the MC version 1.0. To update the hand controller I'd also have to replace the MC board! Argh.So looks like I'm at a dead end with upgrades, or I spend $300+ to get things "up to date"!Is there anyone in AZ who does a "supercharge" like service for Celestrons? I don't want to ship it. But maybe could get the board and HC updated and get everything else tuned all at once?
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Quote:I think I do the up and right process each time, but I'll have to verify that again. I remember reading it when I read through the manual and always try and remember to do that for the final align.But I'll do another align and double check that and see if my accuracy is better. I'll also make sure the tripod is (mostly) level. My driveway is all graded, with none of it constant. If the scope wasn't quite as heavy, I'd haul it around to my pool patio (pool is filled in and now has fake grass on it) as that's my only level spot on the property. I used to carry my LT8 around there and it was nice, but the C11 is a little bit heavier Thanks for alleviating my worries about the older firmware/HC/MC. I assume I can still hook up to a computer just fine whenever I finally buy a connector cable? I don't want to do any serious AP, but I do have a wedge and would like to dabble some more.If I can get the alignments much more consistent and accurate, then I'll be happy. Would like an illuminated reticle eyepiece too, but I'm sure that's not necessary, just nice I was thinking about a "supercharge" just to ensure everything is working as good as it can (as I know it's an older scope) and I'm still enough in the learning stage to not know for sure if something is right or not!
Quote:Kevdog, in the absence of a reticle eyepiece you can defocus the alignment star until it nearly fills the field of view and easily get a precise centering that way.
Quote:In additon to up and right, make sure you are using a reticle eyepiece, as I believe somebody else mentioned. 12mm is a good alignment eyepiece f/l. Leveling will not do pea-turkey to improve alignment quality, though it can make the two initial alignment stars fall closer to the center of the finder.
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Quote:I think it's a matter of leveling and is easily controlled with the program PoleAlignMax.
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