I'm struggling with StarSense. I have a limited view of about 1/4 of the night sky due to buildings - I mostly see everything from South to West and a bit of North-West (not Polaris).
I've a C11 EdgeHD on CGX-L, and have StarSense mounted and the StarSense HC plugged in. I also have the Wifi Module and can control the scope with SkyPortal or SkySafari Plus.
The scope is roughly oriented towards north using a Compass. It is not yet polar aligned, and no successful HC based routine for Star alignment has been performed.
Option a: When I Do a "connect and align" using SkyPortal, the alignment follows very well through: The application is clever enough to orient the scope to where it actually sees stars (yes, I took the cap off...).
When it asks me for alignment, depending on what I can see, I can use Deneb or Mars for the calibration routine. What happens there that with the finder scope (I've a double illuminated cross hair both for the finder as well as for the eye piece) I locate the Star or Planet, then fine-tune the centering within the eye piece.
Question: I notice that the star keeps drifting within the eye piece, and I assume that this is because no polar alignment has been done. Is this right?
I quickly hit "Calibrate" on the SkyPortal application until it drifts off too much and then afterwards, it does its alignment and ultimately, goto works pretty well. Drifting remains, as I did not polar align.
Question: I notice there seems to be no way to save that alignment I just did within the hand controller. Is that right?
Question: I notice there seems to be no polar alignment routine in the SkyPortal application. Is that right?
So as a consequence, I appear to need to do an initial alignment and calibration routine with the Hand Controller. The issue here is that while the application was clever enough to look around to find stars in my somewhat limited situation, when doing it from the hand controller with automatic mode, it stupidly only locks in to like North-East or Up. It never tries anything else. Hence, an automatic alignment, that does work with the app, does not work with the hand controller.
Question: Is there a way to tell him to look somewhere else?
I know there is a manual routine. I use that to point roughly to the parts of the sky that the alignment from SkyPortal was using. Unfortunately when it is very cold outside (-10°C or less), the scrolling text on the red illuminated hand controller is hardly readable. I see something like I have to push up and right and then to push like an unreadable symbol, and I don't understand it. So what I do is to keep pointing to three or four directions, hitting enter several times until it finally tries to optimize what it found - and tells me that the alignment was insufficient.
Question: In one of those alignment routines, it says to orient the scope horizontally. What does that really mean? Because if I try, it'll next slew to see stars that might be lying on the ground.
Question: What's the real way to do a manual alignment? I RTFM, but I just don't get what buttons to push.
As a result, I'm unable to do a polar align, as that requires to be at least able to do one star alignment.
Bonus Question 1: When using the original hand controller, I can input time and GPS location. On the StarSense HC, I don't find such an option. How to input the GPS position? It has only a very small amount of cities.
Bonus Question 2: When using the original hand controller, I have an option to move to home position (the CGX-L has sensors for that), or also to move to a parking position (which I can program). How can I do these kind of set to home or park on the StarSense HC?
Bonus Question 3: How can I concurrently use the HC and the Application? I want to basically set it up once using the HC (as this is apparently the only way to do ASPA), and then mostly forget about it and do it from the SkyPortal app.
If these questions are too much beginners question, bear with me. I've spent quite some hours out in the cold trying to figure things out. I think about moving the scope to a (not too distant) location where I see more of the sky and hope I'll be able to go through the very first star alignment so that something useful is saved in the hand controller - to then be able to polar align using ASPA. It would only be like 10 m distance.