CPC 1100, Celestar 8, Televue Pronto, ZEQ25gt Mount, Sky Safari/iPad
Celestron CG-5⁴, CGEM², C6-N, C6, C8, Nexstar 8SE, 6SE, ONYX 80 EDF, Orion ST 80 A Vixen R130SF w/Porta II mount William Optics ZS110 ED APO, FLT 132 Triplet APO, SV70 ED SV115T20 Wicháhpih'a
NSN Channel: BigAppleSkies
CPC 1100 with HD Pro Wedge with ETX-70 Finder Celestar C8, C80ED and PST Istar 150 Anistigmatic R30 on CGEM Jason 313 from 1975! Mallincam Extreme & Mallincam SSIc & Mallincam Micro DSI Pro, Orion SSAG, GPUSB, Nautilus Filterwheel JMI, Celestron and Orion MotoFocus, FCUSB1&2 Hyperion 5,13, ES 18, 30, OR 18, 25 TV 2.5x Powermate, WO Binoviewer with pairs: TV 7 Naglers, WO 20 and RKE 28
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:The downchecks for me? No "M" button, no "NGC" button. What the hell were they thinking?
Orion xx14g Dob CPC 1100 w/Skywatcher 80ED piggybacked Coronado PST TMB 92L refractor AT Voyager mount Nexstar 6/8 mount Denk Big Easy binoviewers Oodles of eyepieces and other optical gadgets Past scopes Meade 8" reflector and 8" SCT
Celestron CPC Deluxe HD 1100
Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED
Explore Scientific 82° 30mm, 18mm, 11mm, 6.7mm, 4.7mm
Canon T3i Baader mod, Hyperstar, IS-618CIU Camera
My Astro Gallery
Quote:I'm really liking Katie's thinking. Use the HC to get aligned, then blow the smoke off and tuck it in it's holster... Then go with the totally visual interface of Sky Safari on iPhone or iPad. You have a sky-centric visual interface or you clean pull up canned observation lists (M's, NGC's, Caldwell's, Herschel's, etc) or create your own seasonal favorites. Much more flexibility than you'll ever get from a 20 button HC.It's been 30 years since I used a computer with a 2-line led display. iPhone/iPads are a natural.Jim
Quote:The point is that you don't have to lug a computer any more. Just a tablet or a smartphone will give you an elegant visual method of controlling complex devices such as a CPC. And in the case of the smartphone, it's always in my pocket anyway, so no extra schlepping.
Quote:Anyone have any idea what future firmware upgrades are planned for the new Nexstar+ controller? I hope C left some space for additional catalogues in the ROM, as last night I got flummoxed trying to center the Draco Dwarf Galaxy (UGC 8022) which was prominent in my SkiSafari App but unfortunately not an object in the NexStar HC database. This made it particularly difficult to confirm that I was in the region despite reading the coords from the HC... Just a recent example of how the HC software is somewhat limiting unlike more recent software like SkySafari ...
Quote:In the Celestron world Sync and Precise goto are two very different functions (but both make it easier to find stuff).
Sync updates the sky model in one particular area of the sky. All gotos in that particular area benefit from the improved accuracy.
Precise goto temporarily improves pointing accuracy to one particular object, it doesn't affect any other gotos.
... Also from a fine-tuning adjustment perspective the handcontrol has a better feel/action than the slew arrows on skisafari... (they need to improve this with adjustable slew speeds!)
Jimmy Celestron 1100 CPC f/10 SCT Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor on CG-5 mount Celestron 130mm f/5 Newtonian on Lxd55 mount Orion 120mm f/5 Refractor Meade 80mm f/11 Refractor Orion Short Tube 80mm f/5 Refractor Lunt 60mm double stack on IOptron Coronado PST double stack on IOptron mount Mallincam Xtreme, Mallincam SSI, Samsung 2000, Celestron Skyris & Meade DSI II color cameras
12" LX200 ACF OTA on a supercharged CGE mount Piggybacked Stellarvue SV80ED CPC925 CG-5 ASGT mounted Celestron C6 Meade DSI Pro III Meade DSI Pro I as autoguider
CPC800, ES ED102CF, PST ES 82* 24, 18, 14, 11, 8.8 ES 68* 34, 28, 24, 20, 16 TV Delos 10 Votex Diamondback 10x50
Quote:No substitute for large print and volume...at least not at my age!Stan
Orion ED80 on CG-5GTFrankenFocuser Homemade Electric FocuserFrankenDew Controller and Heating StrapsPhillips SPC900 CCD Cam
Speco Tech CDC-865DN/24 CCD Video Cam w/mech IR cut filter
Nikon D3200 24mp DSLR (no mods)
Various doo-dads I still need to figger out
Beginner-level, interested in astrophotography
Eager to learn!
Nexstar 8se (Garfield)
NPL 30, Elux 25, X-CEL 18, 12.5, & 8
AstroZap Dew Shield
Zhumell red LED keychain flashlight
Celestron Moon Filter
Really bad sense of humor
"Gravity" another word for "incarceration"!!!!!!!