Quote:The SSA may be a hot selling item but the reports keep piling up. The teamcelestron.com site is flooded with complaints about the performance of the SSA. I only hope Celestron rights this soon. The satisfied people seem to be beginners that just wanted something that would not align on the wrong star, and land an object in a wide view eyepiece. Those wanting a greater pointing accuracy than could be achieved with a 2+4 carefully done, have been disappointed, especially with the broken ASPA. Now before someone responds I get x minutes subs with the ASPA, have you tested and measure the real accuracy? Celestron was not ready to release this yet but are working to solve the problems furiously. I don't know why they didn't see this coming though. I just hope they fix it soon.
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Quote:If I had to do over I would wait until the ASPA is fixed and an official firmware revision is released. With the beta software and my CGEM, everything is working except the ASPA.
Quote:Hi, I tested my SS for several hours. I had failed automatic alignments, some with lock ups on 3rd alignment point. I had some successful automatic and manual alignments but all the goto's were near the edge of the finderscope and add cal. points didn't help much. Sometimes it wouldn't go all the way to the home position when I tried goto home position. But it always went to home position when I set the switches at the beginning. I tried factory resets and calibrate camera with center value of +653 +375. I double checked location and time info. The mount is polar aligned.My mount is a CGE classic.Then at the end I tried another Automatic alignment. My goto Adromeda was close to centered, the moon was not in the eyepiece. Vega was close. Lagoon and Swan nebulas in the south were just outside the eyepiece so I added a calibration point since it wasn't very far off like all the other times.Both were dead center now, Vega and Andromeda were dead center now. And the moon was dead center now. This was the first time I got good results from my SS ever and not only good but great. Goto's were dead center all over the sky.Now I know for sure my Starsense is capable of dead on goto's in the entire sky, and with an automatic alignment and an added calibration point. Now it's just a matter of getting consistency and getting the bugs out on CGE classic mounts. Neilson
Quote:It seems to me flexure in the system as well as mirror shift is the limiting factor in the accuracy of alignment. Seems the high precision pointing will be key to the success of SSA.
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Quote:But the precived accuracy when looking through an eyepiece or camera in the main scope would be affected.
Quote:Hi, I spent several hours just doing alignments with my Starsense. This time all my alignments were successful but almost all my goto's were poor(not in the eyepiece)on my CGE classic mount.Neilson
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