Howdy all. New to the forum. I operate a Celestron CPC 1100 and a Celestron NexStar 8SE here in the California desert using a couple Celestron PowerTank 17's. Well, I picked up a cute little NexStar 4SE and it is really convenient as a quick grab and go scope! My question is about the 8 AA batteries that power the little scope. I read somewhere that people had issues with the batteries (unreliable, it is a pain in the butt to replace them, you have to start the alignment process from the beginning, etc).
I haven't had any of these issues. I have operated quite a few nights with the same AA batteries and have enjoyed flawless performance. I was thinking about buying another PowerTank or even the little A/C adapter that you plug into a wall, but so far it doesn't seem necessary. Has anyone had problems simply relying on the AA batteries as the power source? The batteries aren't that tough to swap out and I am quick and proficient at a manual two star alignment. Thanks everyone.