I am new at Astrophotography and just purchased a Celestron AVX Mount. At this time, I plan to use one & possibly two EOS Digital cameras and lenses from a 11–16mm Zoom on up to a 150-600mm Zoom in lieu of a scope.
I have downloaded and installed several different Mount-controlling software pkgs., including Backyard EOS, Astro Photography APT, and Starry Night Celestron SE 7. Having the temps bounce well below freezing (-20 to -30° F) and having 12 - 20 inches of snow on my deck, I set up the mount inside to make sure the basic functions worked and the camera & Vixen mounts work as planned.
My questions to the group are:
- Do any of these Software Pkgs, (Backyard EOS, Astro Photography APT, and Starry Night Celestron SE 7) work with the AVX Mount?
- It seems unnecessary to have a computer and Hand Controller both telling the Mount what to do and where to go; do any of the programs allow you to bypass the Hand Controller by plugging directly to the AVX Mount? Or is the Hand Controller the Mount's computer?
- With all that, has anyone used Celestron Starry Night Pro Plus 8 with the AVX Mount?
Thank you in advance,