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    Default Is there a need for an internet connection at a dark sky location?



    I went out once to a dark sky location about two hours drive from home. The night was a bummer because for some reason PHD2 would not work.

    I want to head up to darker skies again and thought how would one connect to the internet in the middle of nowhere, so I assumed it was not needed.

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    Default Re: Is there a need for an internet connection at a dark sky location?

    Welcome to the forum!

    There is no real need for internet. That is most especially true for myself as MOST of my observing is done manually and I like to keep things as simple and basic as possible. No wireless connections, I use the hand control on my goto mounts. When imaging, I do an old fashioned (and very effective) drift alignment. It just turns out to be less to go wrong and I'm seldom let down by anything other than cloudy skies (all too frequent!!)
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    Default Re: Is there a need for an internet connection at a dark sky location?

    That's odd, never had a problem with PHD2 without an internet connection...
    Have been shooting from two locations, one with everything hooked up to internet and the other without any internet connection.
    PHD2 working flawlessly at both sites.

    The only use for an internet connection would be if the site is remote controlled or if you want to offload the plate solving to Astrometry.net

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    Default Re: Is there a need for an internet connection at a dark sky location?

    I think the problem I with PHD2 had nothing to do with an internet connection, some glitch I suppose, maybe a bad USB or some other connector. For Ozman13 I use the Pole Master for polar aligning, I don't think an internet connection is required.

 

 

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