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StarSense Manual Align Best Practices

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#1 GSqwid

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:13 PM

I recently acquired a used StarSense and the adapter to connect it to my CG5-GT.  Everything seems to work, but I'm interested on ways to improve.

 

I have two observing locations in the yard, both of which can see only about 60% of the sky.  Thus the position of the scope depends on what I want to see.  My understanding is the StarSense unit can hold only one set of user alignment points, so I will always need to do one of the two sites manually.  Is this correct?

 

Is there a general rule of thumb on how to select alignment points?  I've tried to pick them more or less equidistant around the visible sky areas and then add a calibration point or two close to where my focus is.  This seems to get everything within the field of view of a 25mm eyepiece on my C8.  That is OK, but my confidence is a bit lacking if hunting dim objects under bright skies!   Is there a better strategy to use or common operator errors I should be aware of?

 

I don't expect magic, and feel that I'm getting "OK" performance, but if I can get it to do better it would be great!  Thanks for your thoughts!


Edited by GSqwid, 17 September 2019 - 01:14 PM.


#2 ishorx

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 01:30 PM

is there there not a last alignment feature in menu?...that allows for several saved alignments



#3 deansjc

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Posted 17 September 2019 - 03:40 PM

I was just reading this chain that answers quite fully what you are asking:

 

NexStar "Calibrate GoTo" - is this option available in StarSense hand controller?
Started by Jason_Lyman, Feb 08 2017 02:14 PM




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