From my book, "The NexStar User's Guide II":
Solar System Align with StarSense Hand Control
Solar System Align is designed to provide tracking and GoTo during daytime use.
This is generally useful for solar viewing, although you can also use it to locate and
view the Moon and brighter planets during the day. Additionally, it can be used to
align on one of the bright planets or the Moon early in the evening before any stars
• Power up the ‘scope.
• Press ENTER to begin, scroll up/down to select Solar Sys. Align and then
• The hand control will show either the current time or the time when you last used
the ‘scope. If your ‘scope has a GPS module, the GPS receiver will shortly lock
onto three satellites and update the date, time, and location. For ‘scopes without
GPS, manually update the time and date information. Press BACK to accept the
displayed date and time information or press ENTER to manually update the
information, one field at a time.
• The display will now prompt to select an object for alignment. Scroll up/down to
select any of the available solar system objects that you can currently identify in
the sky and press ENTER. Note that to include the Sun in the list, you must first
access the MENU button (press BACK to return to the StarSense Ready prompt),
select Database Setup, and then Allow Sun. This is a one-time setting and will be
stored for future use. You must have a safe solar filter or cap the ‘scope and use a
special “sun finder” to safely use the Sun as an alignment object!
• Use the arrow buttons to slew (move) to the object you selected. Center the object
in the finderscope and press ENTER. Then, center the object in the eyepiece
using the RIGHT and UP arrows and press ALIGN.
• If you continue to use the ‘scope into the evening, you can add additional alignment
points to improve accuracy without starting a new alignment from scratch.
These alignment points use the StarSense camera and thus can only be added at
• Solar System Align will only list objects that fall within the current Filter Limits
as available for alignment. For example, with Filter Limits set to 0° and 90°, any
of the bright solar system objects currently above the horizon will be offered as
an alignment object.
• For better tracking and more accurate GoTo while still relying on a single alignment
point, be sure to level the tripod before you start.
• If you do not have a GPS-equipped telescope, be accurate to within a couple of
minutes when entering the time. Also, either select a city within 50 miles or enter
your longitude and latitude to within a degree or two.
Author of "The NexStar Users Guide II"
Author of "The NexStar Users Guide"
Author of "NexStar Observer List"
Edited by Michael_Swanson, 26 February 2018 - 08:47 PM.