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    Default Upgrading an old telescope to use for schools



    Hello everyone:
    My name is Daniel. I'm new here, I am a longtime amateur astronomer from NJ and I have a bit of an unusual question that I'm hoping someone with some Celestron scope experience can help me out. I am currently engaged in upgrading a telescope so that it can be used for educational viewing. Recently I have gained access to a circa-1988 Celestron C14 with a vintage Compustar controller. This telescope's motorized mount is still functional and the original Compustar control unit still functions to guide the telescope. The scope is well equipped with a dome and accessible to school classes and I would like to upgrade it to make it easily accessible for star parties and educational purposes. The scope is in great shape; for some inexplicable reason, as far I as can tell, someone paid a ton of money to set it up and abandoned it almost immediately thereafter.

    For this reason I wanted to know what more modern Celestron controller I might be able to use to guide the telescope. So my question is: what product should I invest in to acheive this? Is there a NexStar model I can buy for this application? As far as I can tell the Compustar is connected with an ordinary RS-232 jack and it seems to me that, since the motorized mount still functions, I should be able to replace the Compustar handset with a newer computer and use the new unit to give the telescope go-to functionality.

    Thank you for your assistance. I look forward to making this telescope available to school classes with your help.
    Daniel

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    I found this Celestron Compustar. dig around maybe you can find an answer here, but it doesn't look like there was good support fot the compustar from the begining.
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    Hi Daniel ...Welcome aboard the forums ... Sounds like a fun time with a great scope ...I cant help with your question but i figured i would bump the thread for you ...
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