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#1 emmsb1

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 04:52 AM

Does anyone know what mount this is? I know it's a Celestron AZ mount but don't know the model.

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 04:53 AM

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Posted 26 February 2021 - 08:11 AM

That's a Celestron GT mount, but it has a silver bottom cap instead of the normal black.



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 09:09 AM

That's a Celestron GT mount, but it has a silver bottom cap instead of the normal black.

Many thanks. Do you know if it can be connected to a PC to control remotely? I've tried but unsuccessfully. Wondering if this model is too old to do this.



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Posted 27 February 2021 - 02:30 PM

  Hello ! That's definitely a Celestron GT, looks like mine which is about 8 years old. I've been told that with an aux. splitter, if you plug the HC into one side and a Sky Portal dongle in the other you can control the mount with your android but beyond that I wouldn't know about remote PC. I think it can be done, so stick around and maybe someone else will chime in that's done just that! Good luck!

 

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 07:52 AM

  Hello ! That's definitely a Celestron GT, looks like mine which is about 8 years old. I've been told that with an aux. splitter, if you plug the HC into one side and a Sky Portal dongle in the other you can control the mount with your android but beyond that I wouldn't know about remote PC. I think it can be done, so stick around and maybe someone else will chime in that's done just that! Good luck!

 

CS, Ralph

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:26 AM

Mike Swanson has the Nexstar site, also he can tell you anything you need to know about updates to the HC/MC and he's usually around the halls here answering anything Celestron. Valueable guy for info on anything  Celestron and will help ( as all of us that can!)

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Posted 02 March 2021 - 02:10 PM

Mike Swanson has the Nexstar site, also he can tell you anything you need to know about updates to the HC/MC and he's usually around the halls here answering anything Celestron. Valueable guy for info on anything  Celestron and will help ( as all of us that can!)

Ralph

Great stuff. Thanks Ralph.



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Posted 02 March 2021 - 09:15 PM

Many thanks. Do you know if it can be connected to a PC to control remotely? I've tried but unsuccessfully. Wondering if this model is too old to do this.

It does look like one of the GT models Celestron made special for some retailers (Costco for example).  It is always hard to tell exactly what capabilities these have by just a visual inspection.  If y you can power up, go to MENU, UTILITIES, VERSION and report back what you find, that would help in giving better advice.

 

Regarding external PC control, see this page of my website:

https://www.nexstars...m/PCControl.htm

 

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Posted 03 March 2021 - 02:36 PM

It does look like one of the GT models Celestron made special for some retailers (Costco for example).  It is always hard to tell exactly what capabilities these have by just a visual inspection.  If y you can power up, go to MENU, UTILITIES, VERSION and report back what you find, that would help in giving better advice.

 

Regarding external PC control, see this page of my website:

https://www.nexstars...m/PCControl.htm

 

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Mike Swanson
https://www.NexStarSite.com

Thanks Mike. Unfortunately when I go to utilities there is no option to select version. Not sure why.



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 12:01 AM

In that case, it is one of the older NexStar GTs, though someone has swapped the tripod with a newer SLT tripod and also looks like they swapped in the dovetail mount that allows you to mount a variety of optical tubes.

 

You can determine which of the older hand controls it has using the instructions at the bottom of this page of my website:

https://www.nexstars.../GTFirmware.htm

 

Then one of these two sections of tips applies:

https://www.nexstars.../OddsEndsGT.htm

https://www.nexstars...sGTOriginal.htm

 

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Posted 04 March 2021 - 04:08 AM

In that case, it is one of the older NexStar GTs, though someone has swapped the tripod with a newer SLT tripod and also looks like they swapped in the dovetail mount that allows you to mount a variety of optical tubes.

 

You can determine which of the older hand controls it has using the instructions at the bottom of this page of my website:

https://www.nexstars.../GTFirmware.htm

 

Then one of these two sections of tips applies:

https://www.nexstars.../OddsEndsGT.htm

https://www.nexstars...sGTOriginal.htm

 

Best regards,
Mike Swanson
https://www.NexStarSite.com

Many thanks Mike, this is very helpful. So it looks like I have a v101.0 hand controller as I can get vega when pressing 6 after choosing 2 star align. So regards the mount, do you know if I can control this mount from a PC? I've tried so far but have been unsuccessful. I've used an RS232 cable with a serial to USB adapter and installed drivers but so far no luck.



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 07:25 PM

The hand controller has the "hamburger" logo, so it's pretty early.



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Posted 04 March 2021 - 10:40 PM

Many thanks Mike, this is very helpful. So it looks like I have a v101.0 hand controller as I can get vega when pressing 6 after choosing 2 star align. So regards the mount, do you know if I can control this mount from a PC? I've tried so far but have been unsuccessful. I've used an RS232 cable with a serial to USB adapter and installed drivers but so far no luck.

Okay, with v101.0, this tips section applies:

https://www.nexstars.../OddsEndsGT.htm

 

Yes, you can control from a PC, refer to this section of my website for the basics and let us know what specific questions you have:

https://www.nexstars...m/PCControl.htm

 

Best regards,
Mike Swanson
https://www.NexStarSite.com




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