Meade LS8 ACF F/10
Celestron C102GT F/9.8
Orion SkyView Pro Goto Mount
ES AR152 F/6.5
Celestron CGEM Mount
Too Many Eyepieces To List
Quote:Does anyone know of a GPS unit that works with the Orion Skyview Pro Goto mount? When I bought the mount I did a couple of online chats with their support techs and they said to use the Celestron SkySync GPS but I could never get it to work. I called their tech support number and this time the tech said it doesn't work with the SkySync GPS unit. The mount works great but I did want the GPS option and it's one of the reasons that I bought it over the Celestron AVX mount. Plus I have been buying Orion products since 2000 and have always been satisfied with their equipment and still am.I bought the GPS unit from Hands On Optics, so I called them and they took the GPS unit back and refunded the entire price of the unit. I have nothing but great praise for them for taking back the unit. It wasn't their fault that I got bad info. I fully expected to have to sell it at a loss to recoup some of the $200 it cost me. I've bought a bit of stuff from them this year and they will be getting more of my business.I am not happy with Orion's tech support. This wasn't a hard issue it either works or doesn't work with the mount, end of story. They need to get it together. I've done phone support in the past and I always knew what I was talking about and the issues with the product that I was supporting.Now I'm wondering if there is any other GPS units that will work with the Skyview Pro Goto. It seems to be very close to several of the other mounts on the current market. Anyone know of any?
Too much astronomy junk, the CFO is getting irritated.
Quote:I have one of those GPS units with my Orion Atlas mount and it works just fine. Make sure your hand controller is at the current 3.35 level of firmware. There was a couple of levels of firmware that had problems with the GPS units.First time you use it and when you change locations it seems to take a few minutes to figure out where you are. As other people have said, in most cases exact coordinates aren't that critical.Is you have a smart phone, you can down load an app to get your coordinates. You can also go on a number of web map sites and get coordinates for locations.
Quote:I will be heading for some areas with NO cell service. North Eastern Washington state is a large area. Much of it has no or spotty cell service. I just got the confirmation this afternoon that the Orion GPS was in stock and one is on it's way to me. At this point it's the principal of the thing. I'm a stubborn Swede. And I am going to get the GPS come h__l or high water!! LOL
But I do thank everyone for your advice and I did consider all opinions. I could get a cheap standalone GPS receiver but I'm not always rational when I go after something. Keeps life interesting. I'll post with the results when I get it and see how it works out.
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