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#1 Carl&Charlotte

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:17 PM

Hi all. 
 

I am struggling to align my telescope and was wondering if a StarSense auto align would be a good buy for a newbie like me who is struggling. I gave managers to align my scope 3 times in months. I have a nexstar evolution 8



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:19 PM

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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:47 PM

Hi all. 
 

I am struggling to align my telescope and was wondering if a StarSense auto align would be a good buy for a newbie like me who is struggling. I gave managers to align my scope 3 times in months. I have a nexstar evolution 8

SAME scope, and starsense is dandy. Follow the hand control prompts, not the manual 



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 03:53 PM

Moving to the Celestron Computerized Telescopes forum.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 05:29 PM

IME the SSA is more convenient but not necessarily more accurate as it relies on the input (time/date, etc) from the user. 

If you're not getting an alignment with a manual 2-Star then the SSA might not either.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 05:37 PM

Using skysync or SkyPortal supplies that data. Mine is very, very accurate. 


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Posted 25 February 2021 - 06:34 PM

Since SS is plate solving photos, I'd call it the most accurate of all options.  Minor differences in time, location, and polar alignment are accounted for in its calculation of offsets.  SS is certainly not necessary but my gosh, it's just cool and super easy.  After initial alignment, adding alignment points is just aim anywhere and click a button (CPWI).

 

SS will handle your alignment problems but successful manual alignment is a still a good skill to have.


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#8 Carl&Charlotte

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 03:06 PM

Yes I need to learn to align it manually just seems I’m not getting anywhere fast. So was hoping the align would help me so we can enjoy it better. Nothing worse than getting it set up and can’t align it. When I did get it to work it was amazing. And we got to see a lot more. Just wish it was like this everytime I set it up

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 03:15 PM

Sky portal is what I use that seems easier to use.


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