I used my NexStar 6SE, Celestron Wi-Fi and SkySafari 6 Plus for only the second time last week on my deck. My goal is to eventually get a wireless camera so I can control everything from indoors during the cold months (and in northcentral WI, that's pretty much half the year).
For now, I easily take my scope out and mount it to a sturdy railing post that I reinforced and is more solid and vibration free than my tripod is on my deck because the post is not connected to the deck flooring. The upper deck (in the pic below) also has a separate support structure than the lower deck so no one walking on the lower deck affects the view.
I really love the convenience of it all. I have to say that using my phone with SkySafari and the Celestron Wi-Fi is just about the easiest thing to use and far better than the handcontroller of the 6SE. It's so easy to connect and align. I typically only view the Moon and planets, and even doing a quick Solar system alignment using only the Moon it works great. But even being able to use SkySafari to locate objects and GoTo is really easy and quite accurate.
i love using SkySafari as a live sky map, instead of having to scroll through things on the handcontroller.
Who else here uses SkySafari and the Celestron Wi-Fi to control their scope? What do you think of it?
Initial post support attachment to mount the scope without using the tripod...
Once I got the post firmed up (lag bolts underneath the decking), I added an accessory tray under it and stained and poly'd the support to somewhat protect it from the weather.
By winter I should be able to use this setup from the comfort of my dining room only 8 ft. away from the scope. Gotta love technology.
Edited by MarkMittlesteadt, 22 May 2019 - 09:11 AM.