Came back from an amazing trip up North and faced an unusual issue - WAY too many bright stars! So tough to calibrate with the red dot because even though I was using my 40mm lens on my 6SE, there are still too many stars to choose in the field of view, to center on :-).
In the area where I live and observe (moderate light pollution), it's normally so easy - get a couple of bright start way apart, center them in the eyepiece, press ALIGN - ready to go! Not the case when there are too many stars above, I didn't really know if I am centering on a star I pointed on with my red dot.
I thought - OK, time to get a Starsense for those amazing skies up North. I bought the Starsense and installed it on the OTA, this part was easy.... I did my homework. I read most threads here and printed out the instructions everyone seemed to like on this forum. I read so many positive things about it, and I am pretty techy, so I thought it should be easy to work out the technical aspects.
HOW WRONG WAS I!!!! Now I only can count on the great experts here before I smash this thing with a hammer!
I started to process - aimed on the North, set the OTA horizontally, entered the time and my precise coordinates, started the Auto align process. Everything seemed to go well. It did it's thing (I didn't forget to take the cap of the camera :-), and after the Auto align process was successfully completed, I needed to Calibrate. I found Altair, slewed to it using the Calibrate process, I centered it and ALIGNED with high mag eyepiece. So far so good! Then the instruction say: Do RE-Alignment. Done . They say: "save this calibration", I choose Save from the Menu and....
HOW DO I SAVE????? The LCD on the control shows: 0, 1, 2, 3 and <EMPTY>, across each number. The instructions say: "press Options and Enter buttons at the same time". I did - NOTHING HAPPENS!!!! How do I SAVE this alignment? Could not find the answer anywhere, hope fully you can help with this.
But... The most frustrating is this - according to the manual and the instructions from the forum, I can start observing (even before I add Reference points). So, I just wanted to see if at least the precision to find object is done (I thought I could add Reference points later to enhance the precision)... I ask the GoTo to go to Dubhe - it goes in a general area... But even with 40mm piece I see nothing.... OK, I am asking Goto to go to Jupiter that shines right in front of me... I get into a general area again - no Jupiter in the eyepiece again. I thought... OK, at least it will find Moon - NOT EVEN THAT!!!!
I spent about 3 hours repeating the processes, trying to follow the instructions to the last dot. I still get the same result!!! When I ask Goto to go to objects, it goes into a general area and doesn't get anything into the ocular.
Please help!!! What am I doing wrong? I am honestly going ballistic, and ready to kill this thing.
Sorry for the long rant and thanks in advance,