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( 5 / 5 )
I use the StarSense with my NexStar 8 Evo. I don't use the hand control anymore, as the SS is now compatible with the SkyPortal app. Alignment is fast and successful every time.
This gadget has minimised hassle and maximised my effective observation time :-)
( 5 / 5 )
I've been using this for a few weeks now and so far, I'm very happy with the Starsense. I have it fitted to my Celestron Nexstar Evo 9.25" goto mount. The Starsense (SS) automates the alignment process and is more accurate than the Skyportal - eyepiece method. SS comes with its own Hand Controller (HC) which replaced the GOTO HC, at least on Celestron computerised scopes.
If the area of sky it looks at are obstructed then SS reports "Too few stars", moves to a new position and tries again - and again until it succeeds. The alignment seems to work in very poor conditions I would not have reasonably expected it to. Once alignment is done, its very accurate and reliable.
Disappointedly, the SS is not currently interoperable with the Skyportal app, you have to chose to use one or the other, you cannot swap systems without realignment each time. Celetron claim they are working to resolve this. Notwithstanding this restriction, SS is a good product which I chose to use in preference to the Skyportal app most of the time, at least for astrophotography.
( 4 / 5 )
A great way for an easy alignment, even when the sky is obstructed by building or trees and whatnot (as in my backyard) . In this case you can opt for a manual alignment. Just pick 3 clear portions of sky, let the camera take the pictures and the integrated computer will calculate the exact position of the mount. Love this one on my alt az mount.