Better yet the NexStar forum.
Just a quick comment ...
Those bright stars certainly are in the DB ... List - Named stars - scroll up/down.
But ... they may not always be listed in the DB if the scope believe that they are not visible in your sky. The most common reason for this is that your location information is incorrect. In addition to the obvious time/date/location you must also set the time zone and DST correctly. Another reason that they could be filtered out (Filter Limits).
If you think you've got all the data entered correctly and the scope is still not displaying what is obviously up in your sky then consider doing a Factory Settings reset of the hand controller and re enter all the data again, sometimes you can have bad data stuck in a few locations which can create situations like you've described.
You can test everything indoors by doing a simple one star or solar system alignment (by just roughly guessing where the object is) and then see what the hand controller displays ... but remember many popular stars and objects may not have risen early in the day so they won't be displayed.
Edited by mclewis1, 18 December 2014 - 09:32 AM.