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    Default Celestron Star Sense and restricted views



    I am going to be getting a Celestron CGX mount for my home observing, currently I will be using the tripod on my platform but hope to do a pier soon. I am also considering getting a Star Sense to do the goto alignment. I use a polemaster currently for PA and like it. FOR PA I need to use averted vision to see Polaris in my LP area, I am about bortle 7.5 but the polemaster finds the stars.
    Anyhow for go to alignment I have trouble finding stars visually AND I am very tree challenged. I have about 60 degrees of sky towards the south about 30 degrees off the horizon up to 25 degrees of sky at the zenith, about the same towards the NW.

    I thought I heard that with Star Sense you could use it to take your own pictures of the sky for it to use when it is blocked by trees or buildings, is this true?

    There are nights when there are no goto stars, the Orion Skyview Pro I use has certain stars in the database, or i cannot see them.

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    Default Re: Celestron Star Sense and restricted views

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Cartwright SASS View Post
    I thought I heard that with Star Sense you could use it to take your own pictures of the sky for it to use when it is blocked by trees or buildings, is this true?
    Yes there is that option for the reason you state. However you may not need it. I have a fair mount of trees myself at home. It still seems to go to areas and get stars. The camera seems to have an extremely wide field of view. Also it will work while it is somewhat light just after dusk. I generally can get it to work as soon as the brightest stars start showing after sunset.
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    Default Re: Celestron Star Sense and restricted views

    IT takes images and compares them with maps it stores YOU can not

    IT needs enough stars to "see" or it will not work

 

 

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