I know this question has been asked before but I thought that I would ask it in terms of my current equipment/setup and get some ideas and feedback. I recently purchased an Orion Atlas Pro AZ/EQ G Goto mount. I really wanted to have an equatorial mount to satisfy my desires to do some astrophotography, but thought it would be nice to have an Alt/AZ mount for quick setups. So this mount fit the bill perfectly for my needs. My dad gave me his old Celestron Nexstar 8" scope (silver tube from 2000) and I promptly wanted to be able to use my Atlas Pro with this scope, so I removed the Alt/AZ arm from the scope and added a losmandy dovetail plate. It fits on the Altas Pro like a breeze.
Since I'm a beginner, I have been intimated by going through the alignment steps since I'm still learning the stars. After reading about Celestron's StarSense accessory, I thought this would be a great way to sit back and let it align my mount for me. Well, after talking to Celestron's support team, they informed me that the StarSense is not compatible with the Atlas Pro / SynScan hand controller. I was bummed.
Based on my setup and equipment, are there other methods (via software) to perform the alignment that StarSense provides? And what about polar alignment when using the mount in EQ mode? What kind of camera do I need to perform alignment? I welcome all suggestions that will help me learn what is available and what others are doing.
I know there are a few that are going to say that once I learn doing the alignment the old fashioned way, then all will be good. But I'm still curious to learn other ways to do this. I'm attaching my setup with this scope too.
Thanks and clear skies,
Edited by sstoiche, 01 February 2015 - 04:47 PM.