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) Telescope was very easy to put together
on 30 December 2014
Sooo far, :)
Telescope was very easy to put together, box protected device well. Put together in a little under half an hour.
My Biggest Bug
Slightly annoying it requires 8 AA batteries, "there is no power supply with". The manual is suppose to cover multiple versions of this telescope and yet mentions one power supply rating required. Having looks on the website for Celestron, the manual says 240v AC to 12v DC 7500mA, where as the site says either 5000mA or 2500mA little confusing for any novice. Too much current equals bad news.
There's also options for a cigarette lighter power supply, along with a £70 power battery. Lord knows how long these 8 AA batteries are going to last, you maybe wondering why I concentrate on this and why this would be an issue, well because I got this for its GOTO facility, but if on the move with no power, was hoping could switch to manual control of stand/telescope, with this unfortunately not, it always requires power regardless of location even to use normally. So would have to buy a power supply in order to use without risk of no batteries, £20 approx for one I hope won't fry my telescope.
No computer link up cable either, although there are cd's with, once you manage to buy the cables, you might then be able to utilise and see how useful the GOTO side of thinks could be. A further £20 off ebay if I decide to keep the telescope.
It has 2 lens as already stated, used only the 25mm one.
The alignment process from what I've seen soo far has 3 options, 3 Star Align, 2 Star Align, 1 Star Align.
It states in the manual align red dots up with any star, not very clear on where your suppose to position your head whilest doing this, once this done u then align telescope. You do this 3 times for 3 stars, and walla telescope suppose to be aligned.
Also says you don't need to know any Star when first aligning, because of the red dots and not knowing where to position head when aligning makes it difficult to align in first star let alone 3. So switched to 1 star align, a long list of Stars appears that your suppose to choose from. As it was freezing outside ended up binning off alignment all together and simply picked up telescope and moved round myself to face Moon.
Finally something good to write about, the Moon itself even with the 25mm Lens looked amazing, craters in all their glory.
I am however slightly worried by what I could see of the other stars, I could see stars I couldn't normally see, but whether I'll actually be able to see Jupiter's Rings is another matter.
Here's hoping with it being the first set up of this device, it is down to user error and things will became more apparent as time goes on.
Hope this is helpful to anyone making a choice on which to buy.
Ac power supply for this telescope is 50 to 60Hz, 200 to 240v Ac to 12v Dc at 2.5 Amps for any ones information/requirements, eventually found this out.
Also bought USB to RS 232 adaptor for control of.
Will need to download following programs :-
USB Convertor software, this depends on make/model of, run this first, mine set itself to port 16, via the usb. Restart computer once installed.
CFM_1.9.4315 Celestron Firmware manager, this will update your telescope automatically, the other software is now out of date only need to run this one. May need to turn telescope off a few times for program to recognize and auto update.
NexRemote Telescope control software from Celestron website, this allows control on laptop.
Once all this done, speeds up motor allows complete control via laptop, another point you can even rig up a ps3 or equivalent gaming controller to laptop or even mobile phone to control.
in order to control, may need other software for given chosen route of control, app etc.
Will need separate camera if you wish to relay video or view of telescope to tv or laptop.
This telescope will allow all this, eventually realizing the potential
Lens with, do good enough job to begin with, lens can be added to improve later.
Hope this helps anyone, potential to be brilliant via above.