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#1 jcannady

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 09:05 AM

Forgive the newbee question, but I'm getting a bit frustrated with my new "toy" (LX-200 ACF 12" with DSI II Pro on a pier-mounted ultrawedge and Windows-based Autostar Suite software).  What I'd like to do, in order, is the following:

1.  Polar align the scope using the drift method to get it as accurate as possible.  I do not want to mess with the autostar alignment procedure ever again.

2.  Use the AutoStar software program to control my aligned scope.  I'd like to be able to click on an object in the software and have the scope slew to the object.

3.  Use my ccd camera to help me determine the relative brightness of variable stars.  I'm not interested in taking pretty pictures.  I can buy those.

Is this possible?  If not, any suggestions (The Sky instead of AutoStar, etc.).

Much appreciated.

Jim

#2 Mark Sibole

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 10:56 AM

Jim,
Autostar Suite as well as Cartes Du Ceil and the Sky will all control your scope.

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#3 jcannady

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 12:11 PM

So, if I am using the software, I can disconnect the hand controller from the scope?

Jim

#4 Mark Sibole

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 07:06 PM

No you still need the hand controler connect.
Whay would you want to disconnect it?

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#5 jcannady

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 01:48 AM

I guess because it seems to be an unnecessary attachment.  I find it a bit annoying that when all I want is the smartdrive that I feel obliged to use the align features and everything else in the hand controller.  It's sorta like using a computer.  If all I want is the internet so that I can surf the web and get email then why use AOL when you get al that front-end baggage with it.  Sorry, I'm just a bit frustrated with the controller in general and the alignment "feature" in particular.  It doesn't help when you call Meade and get some guy that is obviously speed reading through the manual when I ask him a question and then has no answer expect "you will need to send it back to the factory". No thanks, I waited 15 years for this telescope I need better support than that.

Thanks,

Jim

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Posted 07 October 2008 - 10:33 PM

There is a book available that describes in detail on how to do accurate Photometry.
The book addresses the use of a DSI Pro series cameras (DSI Pro , DSI Pro II and DSI Pro III) and AutoStar software. You may find it at this URL...

http://www.hposoft.com/ASCCD.html

A fantastic website on variable star observing and reporting observations is The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO). You may find them at this URL...

http://www.aavso.org/aavso/

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 01:22 PM

Thanks!




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