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#1 Steve Lowe

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 07:06 AM

Received my SkyScout from Amazon UK a few days ago.

So far all seems ok – very quick GPS acquisition – less than 2 minutes.

However I’m not sure if there is a problem with the constellation image feature.

The manual says that it should draw a image on the display when you select this feature.

Does this work ? The display on mine goes blank but the locate mode icon flashes.


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#2 Jawaid I. Abbasi

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Posted 02 June 2011 - 06:37 PM

I do not see this feature too. Perhaps need to upgrade the firmware. Mine working beautifully and I do not bother to upgrade.

#3 Steve Lowe

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 06:45 AM

Hi

What version firmware do you have - mine has Version 2.2.9

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 01:27 PM

Here is what you will want to do in order to get the actual image of the constellation or asterism. Keep in mind this will not display the classic artistic rendition on the constellation - but rather an outline of where the major stars are.

From the main menu make the following selections (the '>' character indicates the progression to the next menu selection):

Locate > Constellations > Zodiac Constellations > Aquarius

Arrow down to the last two choices:

Trace Constellation Figure
Constellation Image

Tracing the constellation has you star hop from one star to another as you literally trace out the constellation with the SkyScout. If you select the Constellation Image this is display the constellation image outline on the screen.

The same thing can be done for Asterisms (like the big dipper) by selecting:

Locate > Asterisms

Hope that helps!

PS - I am working off of v1.30.22 from 5 JUN 2008 which is the latest version of the SkyScout firmware.

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Posted 06 June 2011 - 04:26 PM

Yeah,
I found it.
Thank you for the information

#6 Steve Lowe

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 04:00 AM

Hi thanks for the reply

That's exactly what I've been doing but just get a blank screen.

Would it be possible for you to upload a photo of a constellation image to this forum.

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#7 Steve Lowe

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 09:13 AM

Jawaid

Please can you check and then post which firmware your skyscout has

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 11:51 AM

Here is a shot of what the Big Dipper asterism should look like with the latest version of SS firmware.

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#9 Steve Lowe

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Posted 07 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

Thanks for that - mine just goes blank.

At least Celestron have replied to my support form - they say contact the dealer - the dealer told me to contact Celestron.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:06 AM

Hi Steve,
Sorry for late reply.

Hit the locate button
Go to "Constallation" and hit select
Go to "All Constallation" and hit select
Hit Select Button for "Andromeda to Caelum"
Hit Select Button for "Andromeda"
Go to "Constallation Image" and hit select button

You will see the figure now. By the way, I have version 1.30.22 (June 5, 2008)

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 01:53 AM

Steve - looks like you need to update the firmware to the latest version. That should get you up to speed and displaying the images.

#12 Steve Lowe

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 04:30 AM

Hi Adam

My firmware is version 2.2.9 which is newer than 1.30.22

But I've not heard from anyone with this version that has or doesn't have problems with this feature.

My email to Celestron says contact my dealer so I will see about a replacment - if it's the same problem with a replacment and it's version 2.2.9 than I guess we have a problem with that version.


Regarding Firmware See :-

http://www.celestron...leid=2439&nav=0

Which says :

Celestron’s SkyScout has had some internal hardware changes since it was first released. As a result, there are now 3 separate firmware versions of the SkyScout currently on the market: 1.30.xx, 2.2.xx, and 3.2.xx. All three versions have the same features and identical functions.

However, there is a difference in the way they can be updated.

SkyScout versions can only update to versions that begin with the same version number. For example, version 1.30.xx can only be updated to version 1.xx.xx, not 2.xx.xx or 3.xx.xx. Version 2.2.9 can only be updated to version 2.xx.xx, not 1.xx.xx or 3.xx.xx. Version 3.2.16 can only be upgraded to version 3.xx.xx, and not 1.xx.xx or 2.xx.xx.

Find your SkyScout's version number by going to the Settings menu and choosing About.

For all foreign language SkyScouts, the latest version number is still 1.29.196 with no current updates.

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 08:52 PM

hmm, interesting. Sorry you are having issues mate. Hopefully your vendor can send out a replacement.

#14 Steve Lowe

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:00 AM

Amazon UK have organised a replacement - well impressed as they are sending it before I return the faulty unit.

This afternoon I was playing with the SD card - Astronomy for beginners - guess what - the sky scout displays charts ok for items on the Sd card - but still not for the built in database. At least that shows that the display is ok guess it's corrupted firmwahre or something - hope the replacment one is OK.

Thanks to you guys for your replies in helping with this.


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Posted 11 June 2011 - 01:01 PM

Brand new replacment arrived today - it too has firmware version 2.2.9 and like the previous sky scout it doesn't display constellation images for objects in the main pre-loaded database.
It too displays them for objects on the Astronomy for beginners SD card but not the main database.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:25 AM

Took a chance and ordered another one from Amazon thinking that after 5 months they might have sorted this out but no still got the same problem.

Now waiting for Amazon to collect and refund.

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Steve


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