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#1 lightcatcher

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 08:09 PM

Does anyone know if the there is a Push TO upgrade kit for skywatcher 8" dob Flextube?  I know the GOTO is not available in the US. and even it was it is almost as expensive as buying a new scope.  Eventually the plan is to upgrade to 12" Dob with GOTO, but in the mean time I would love to know exactly where I am pointing my scope.  Thanks!  

 

PUSH TO for the wrong scope: 

https://www.astrosho...-system/p,55768

 

 



#2 S.Boerner

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Posted 26 May 2020 - 08:37 PM

Check here

Since you saw the other one you know they aren't cheap.



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 08:39 PM

https://www.astrodev...le Encoder Kit 

 

PLUS

 

https://www.astrodev...sDSC/index.html

 

Gives you the best push to system available. With your nice 8" Dob you will never need anything else.



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 09:04 PM

https://www.astrodev...le Encoder Kit 

 

PLUS

 

https://www.astrodev...sDSC/index.html

 

Gives you the best push to system available. With your nice 8" Dob you will never need anything else.

Thanks, would I be able to utilize sky safari with this push device?  



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 09:11 PM

Check here

Since you saw the other one you know they aren't cheap.

No they are not cheap.  But it would be nice to be able to dial in what I am looking for without star hopping. I use stellarium now as a star chart and it is great, however it never seems like it is pointing in the correct vicinity. 



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Posted 26 May 2020 - 09:29 PM

Thanks, would I be able to utilize sky safari with this push device?  

Yes, but if you're dead set on using an app then you may want the Nexus II. You should contact Serge at Astro Devices via the contact button on the website for particulars on that one. It lacks the input capability of the Nexus DSC but costs a bit less. The Nexus DSC has bluetooth capability, 1 Mn + object library and excellent interface.


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Posted 26 May 2020 - 09:40 PM

Check  this place  $149.00 for a complete push to system

 

https://astro-gadget...opes/az-control


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Posted 27 May 2020 - 02:09 AM

You can also make your own.,These have worked very well for me.,good luck.,

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 08:02 AM

You can also make your own.,These have worked very well for me.,good luck.,

I would second that.  I use sky safari or another app to get the coordinates.  On a dob base the size of yours, getting to within a 10th of a degree is very feasible.  My smaller scope easily gets the objects within the wide field and often gets it within the mid magnification EP on the first try.  Even if it is Venus at noon.

 

The big thing with this sort of push-to is to get the scope level.  A bubble level will be your friend.


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Posted 27 May 2020 - 09:49 AM

Celestron Star Sense bracket.jpg

 

One cheap and simple way to get PUSH TO is to use the new Celestron Starsense explorer system. You purchase one of their cheap refractor scopes, remove the starsense bracket from the scope, remount it on your scope and give the little refractor away to a novice astronomer to learn the sky. You could make several brackets for different scopes and move the system around as needed.

 

This platesolving star location system works very well using your cell phone combined with the free Starsense APP.  The scope does not need to be leveled and you can even move it around the yard without having to worry about the system loosing its PUSH TO calibration.

 

You can read a lot more on how some of us have been adapting the system to our larger scopes here. Unfortunately Celestron does not sell the system by itself for now and you can't unlock the APP unless you have the code located inside the telescope box.


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Posted 27 May 2020 - 01:16 PM

You could also build a PSWAI which at a click will show you on sky safari where your scope is pointed to.

Not quite a full blown push to, more of a "where am I" helper.

It uses an action cam, and a raspberry pi/linux laptop with an open source platesolver and some free code available on github.

Once you build it, you can mount it on a finder bracket, and use it on any scope.

 

https://www.cloudyni...sual-astronomy/



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Posted 27 May 2020 - 01:25 PM

I had an 8" Orion Intelliscope which is push-to and now I have a 12" Apertura with setting circles and an angle finder.  Used with Stellarium or Sky Safari it is just as accurate as the Orion was.

 

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Posted 27 May 2020 - 11:08 PM

I have two GoTo scopes and used to own an Orion XT8 Intelliscope PushTo system.  They all work well.

 

But the scope I use most is my 12" Dob.  On that I have Az scale and use an angle gauge to find my targets.  Works very well.  Almost as good as a PushTo scope.

 

If you want a PushTo system, there are options.  If you want to find your targets, try this.

 

Using an angle gauge to help find targets
https://www.cloudyni...y/#entry8120838

 

Printable Setting circles
https://www.cloudyni...ntable circles

 

Makng an adjustable AZ gauge on a Dob.
https://www.cloudyni...e/#entry9433327

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#14 Mike T.

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Posted 28 May 2020 - 04:35 PM

Why is the 8" opticsmart file two pages? From what I can tell both pages are the same. I think I just need to print page 1. Is there something I am missing?




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