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#1 kevinbreen

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 02:45 PM

Someone I know has one of these gizmos and loves it 100% and then some.

Looking for other opinions from StarSense users now and its pros and cons if any.
Particularly interested in any attempts to talk me out of splurging €€ on one!

Particularly not interested in PMs from vendors who seem to trawl the forums here trying to sell stuff. Like, I know we all need to earn a crust but c'mon!

I haven't ordered one, but I'm a sucker for gadgets and gizmos. Hell, I live in Ireland and I have a telescope!

#2 junomike

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:07 PM

IMHO It's a worthwhile investment for a GEM which requires the 4 + 2 Star Alignment,especially a long F/L OTA which can be tricky to center Stars

in using a reticle.  I hated my C14/CGE set up until I got one which soon changed my mind on it's worthiness.

 

For a simple Alt/Az requiring only a 2 star alignment however, I don't find it enough of a difference to matter.



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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:12 PM

While you are waiting for your best answer, here are some quotes from the book Sense and Sensibility:  https://bookriot.com...ibility-quotes/

 

Such as:  “He then departed, to make himself still more interesting, in the midst of a heavy rain.”


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#4 kevinbreen

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 03:34 PM

While you are waiting for your best answer, here are some quotes from the book Sense and Sensibility: https://bookriot.com...ibility-quotes/

Such as: “He then departed, to make himself still more interesting, in the midst of a heavy rain.”


How depressing!!


"The rain, it raineth every day."

- Billy Speareshaker.
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Posted 14 July 2020 - 04:48 PM

Someone I know has one of these gizmos and loves it 100% and then some.

Looking for other opinions from StarSense users now and its pros and cons if any.
Particularly interested in any attempts to talk me out of splurging €€ on one!

Particularly not interested in PMs from vendors who seem to trawl the forums here trying to sell stuff. Like, I know we all need to earn a crust but c'mon!

I haven't ordered one, but I'm a sucker for gadgets and gizmos. Hell, I live in Ireland and I have a telescope!

 

 

Kevin, If/when you decide to purchase a StarSense, don't forget one very important thing...........

 

 

 

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REMOVE the cap from the lens............ bangbang.gif   That was my mistake from last evening!

 

So I guess the Autoguide feature in FireCapture does work............ 


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#6 kevinbreen

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 06:39 PM

It's nice to know I'm not the only knob who's into astronomy, Mick!

Reminds me of the time I tried capturing the ISS. Couldn't figure out why I had no frames at all. Yep, lens cap.

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Posted 14 July 2020 - 07:27 PM

I’m a newb to all of this, but so far I’m quite happy with StarSense on my Evo 8. I put it on auto align and let it do it’s thing while I go about getting the rest of my gear setup for the evening. While certainly not essential I find it to be a nice convenience.


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#8 Pilot87178d

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Posted 15 July 2020 - 07:13 PM

Maybe not G-d's, but certainly an astronomy angel's gift to the avocation!  In my experience (3rd season with it), it makes the time all about observing, and some fun photos are  in its wheelhouse, as well.......best accessory in or on the rig other than the GEM.



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Posted 15 July 2020 - 07:18 PM

Am going to try tonight to calibrate SS starting with Vega and see what happens.,...everything planned for tonight is int he Summer Triangle, and the Saturn/Jupiter combo....love to be precise East and South East this evening...

 

MUST SS be started roughly North?  Anyone that has tried this?  Helpful hints?

 

Thx!

Marc 



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Posted 16 July 2020 - 09:21 AM

Kevin, If/when you decide to purchase a StarSense, don't forget one very important thing...........

 

 

 

attachicon.gif20200714_172641 copy.jpg

 

 

REMOVE the cap from the lens............ bangbang.gif   That was my mistake from last evening!

 

So I guess the Autoguide feature in FireCapture does work............ 

Yeah....1st thing to check when really frustrated as your app keeps returning the error message that SS can't resolve the plate.  Also, when you can't seem to to connect your cell or 'pad to the device, take another look at whether you moved your connection over to the very well-displayed Celestron link that you have to change to.  Solves things so nicely....cell JUMPS to connect!




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