Quote:Cheers dve1. Good luck! To the group-Anyone get this to work with SkyQ and if so how? Would be nice to use this wirelessly with sky safari... Or is there an alternative to SkyQ that will work with Sky Safari?
Quote:). I can not get ASPA to work. It puts me off at least a 5 degrees in alt and a couple in az or more off. If anyone has ASPA working let me know.
Takahashi TSA-120 & Explore Scientific 102mm APO Refractors
Lunt 60mm PT Ha
Celestron Edge 800 & Edge 1100 SCT's
Celestron AVX & CGEM Mount's
Televue Ethos 100* 21mm, 17mm, 13mm, 10mm and 6mm & Explore Scientific 82* 4.7mm Canon Rebel T3i DSLR SBIG STF-8300M, FW5-8300, OAG-8300, ST-Ic guide & planetary camera
Quote:ThanksIf you align using an eyepiece then the SSA will be more accurate for sure.
Quote:To the group-Anyone get this to work with SkyQ and if so how? Would be nice to use this wirelessly with sky safari... Or is there an alternative to SkyQ that will work with Sky Safari?
Quote: good luck Will! Would you happen to have a link to that serial to Bluetooth adapter you have working? Also how are you getting the photo data and guiding command/control and telemetry back to your Android?
Quote:Have you tried it with the SkyFi unit or just the Skywire? I ask because the whole wireless part is a big plus.
Celestron 8SCT ES102APO Orion 90ST CGEM LX80
Quote:"If you have obstructions like buildings or trees, StarSense will skip them during the auto alignment procedure."
Quote:"Equatorial mounts should be roughly polar aligned, but precise polar alignment is not required"
Quote:The second problem: StarSense auto alignment is never able to do a successful alignment, even when it gets three images with 100 stars, and often during the auto alignment to just keeps pointing to the same area of the tree that is blocking it view,
HyperTuned CGEM and G11wG2 SV115T20, Meade SN-8, AT-66, and modified 20d. Nebulosity, SkyTools3, TSX, and Pixinsight.
Quote:Tonight was the first time I tried the Celestron StarSense, it does not seem to be encouraging.First problem: My battery was low, and went low even when attached to a battery maintainer, and battery was only a few months old, this is not related to the Celestron StarSense...
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Quote: Maybe, but trying to run on a dying battery didn't help the StarSense, and because of that your results really don't say much. As for the battery? The secret to keeping one alive is charging for 12-hours after each use, and charging once a month if it is not used over the course of a month.
Quote: Every time my StarSense has failed, it was operator error (e.g., my fault). I have just returned from the Staunton River Star Party and used the StarSense extensively to build pointing models and all-sky polar alignment. On Thursday evening, it was cloudy with only a few holes where the stars were seen. It took a little longer, but the StarSense solved successfully. I was using a SV115T20 with an Orion Starshoot III monochrome camera. I went from the extreme east to the west with the target within the image. For me, the StarSense works as advertised and well worth the price.Caveat: It took me a while to understand and properly use the new hand controller. The scrolling and information provided was especially difficult after 3 years with a one-line hand controller. Also, I kept hiting enter instead of align when directed.Regards,Charlie B
Quote:I have my SS and am waiting for clear skies to check it out. The amount of problems related here are depressing and of course very frustrating for those affected. I own a Nexstar 8 SE and would be very encouraged to hear that users with this type of mount are not having these problems (assuming no user errors occur).ThanksDan
Scopes: Celestron 8" SCT & 90mm Mak. WO ZS66 SD/0.8 Flattener. Skywatcher 130 Truss Newt. ST80. Telrad & Lumicon finders. Orion 50mm/SSAG.
Mounts: Celestron AVX & CG-5GT & 8SE. SSA. Tabletop dob.
EPs: Stellarvue Binoviewer, Takahashi 30 LE, Kokusai-Kohki Orthos 5/9. Celestron Luminos 7/10/15/23/31, BST ED 8/5. Baader Ortho 10/Hyperion 13, Russell 18/55 Konigs. 25/32/40 plossls. GSO 15 Superview, 8-24 Zoom. Celestron 0.63 reducer.
Cams: Canon 60D, ZWO ASI120MC, Samsung SCB2000, SSAG.
Quote: You found a cord wrap menu with the VX? I take it this SSA has the original firmware? Many of your problems have been alleviated with the firmware update.
Quote:Dr. Who/or others, what is the latest version of the firmware that is actually working? Thx.I don't have access yet but have created a Team C account.Just waiting for a few more positive results to post here before buyinging a SSA for my CGEM.
Quote: Im definitely on old code though it is surprising given that the unit just shipped out of Celestron CA on Oct 1. Star sense HC ver 01.04.13290 bld May 22, 2013. Starsense Camera ver 00.00.0000 Motor control MDL advanced VX azm ver 6.7 alt ver 6.7Early adopter or not if the thing doesnt have the latest and greatest software out of the box, i should have some option of upgrading it and not have to wait and join a beta testers site and wait for access to get code that is 'better'Bob
Quote:I think it might also now be recommended on team celestron(but not in the manual yet) that you use a star near the celestial equator for your camera-ota calibration once you get to that stage after doing your initial autoalign, rather than just using any star for the camera calibrateas the manual suggests. Some people have had the camera calibration well and truly messed up by using stars in other parts of the sky.
Quote:Dr. Who, Thanks, I am a LX80 owner who had to deal with teething issues as well. Will bide my time until there are some good reviews. But the concept of 3 minute aligns are sure tempting only if it works as advertised. I will start working on my drift align technique until it's ready.
Quote:But the concept of 3 minute aligns are sure tempting only if it works as advertised.
Quote:Will-I would suggest you follow the instructions I and others posted regarding this issue as it sounds like you are suffering from what we were. That should take care of it for you. The summary of those instructions are:1. Go to teamcelestron.com2. download the update software3. download the additional firmware update4. update the camera and HC per direction5. Check camera calibration # if >+/- 1000 then continue to step 6 else open new ticket with them and stop here6. Quick align7. Go to named star like Altair, Vega, etc8. Move mount so it actually appears in your EP9. Calibrate camera10. Check numbers again if < +/-1000 stop else repeat steps 6-10
Quote:Quote:But the concept of 3 minute aligns are sure tempting only if it works as advertised. Even though I do not have the StarSense working on my CG-5 EQ mount yet, it is working fine on my SE Alt-Az mount and I am loving it! I have a C5 on my SE mount with an external GPS plugged into its Aux port and the StarSense HC plugged into the GPS pass through port. This turns out to be a nice grab and go configuration that I leave set up. I can pick it up, take it outside, turn it on, wait for the 30 sec startup, then initiate the Auto Align and watch. It gets the time/date/loc from the GPS so I don't have to enter anything. Two minutes later I am viewing selected objects!! It puts the objects in my 14mm TeleVue EP every time. Jim
Quote:If they can get the ASPA working I will be giving it a 2 thumbs up.