I'm looking into getting a new mount to replace my old heq5.
one of the important criteria is a good (read conveniente) indi driver support.
reading the different mount driver documentation i have several states "mount must be firdt aligned" before connecting to the driver. That's the case for the celedtron CGE, Losmandy or ioptronv3 driver (and maybe others...)
Does that mean one needs to proceed to star alignment with the hand controler EVERYTIME the mount is put in place and turned on or just the very first time the mount is turned on?
Such a requirement doesn't exists with the eqmod driver and given i udually only shoot a single target each night i never proceed to star alignment and only rely on polar align + plate solving. Having to start align xith the HC would be a kind of regression if I had to do that for each session, even more problematic in nomad.
Any feedback from users of these drivers or clarification from knowledgeable people would be helpful
No one using either of these drivers (celestron cge, ioptronv3 or losmandy)?
Getting a feedback from someone who uses on of those and clarify wether he/she needs to do an alignment with the hand controler before using the mount with the indiserver would really help me.
Thank you Nou!
I think my heq5's behaviour makes me very reluctant to buy skywatcher again... I know plenty of people use those but mine has been only nightmares recently, to the point I'm even wondering if I will keep spending that much time and money in astronomy... That makes me sad to say it but that how I feel right now.
Some mounts require alignment, all of Celestron traditional mounts require this with exception for Evolution mount where it is controlled via a different driver that does not require initial alignment. SkyWatcher is the best in this class since it does not require any alignment. I used HEQ5 for many years before upgrading to EQ8, both were quite solid and reliable.
Thank you Magnus! That's exactly the kind of feedback i was joping for
Jasem, thanks for you reply too, I guess by best in class you mean from a driver's features perspective?
It's actually quite funny people come back to me now as yerterday for the first time in more than 2 months (!) I managed to get a really good guiding session with my old heq5! I bought it second hand from someone I didn't knew and i found clues which made me believe i hemihht have have taken great care of it. It. So in the end it took 10 weeks to fot together and correctly tune the new bearings, belt and worm gear! I'm still looking quite avidly at g11g losmandy but don't feel trapped anymore:)
BTW, Jasem thanks for the amazing work and for releasing indi under a free license!
I take it all iOptron mounts that have USB connection from Mount --> PC do not need any alignments, correct? So perhaps only older mounts that do not have the mount USB port need the handset alignment first?
Interesting, with my Celestron CGX, I do a polar-alignment with the polar scope, then just select "last-alignment", even though the telescope has moved since the last alignment. Then I got to plate-solving about three locations in the sky with the setting set to "Sync", after that I typically slew to my target with the setting changed from "Sync" to "Slew to Target" and it usually gets to within a few arc-seconds on the first slew.
I don't want to spend too much time out in the cold, doing a two star align with four calibration stars, as it is pretty time consuming and would require me to attach a finder scope, which I'm yet to ever use with my current scope.
When using my (borrowed) CGE-Pro, I can not sync. I do as you with your CGX, choose "last alignment" to make it easy, but after that, Indi control panel just tells me that sync, or update of time for that matter, is not needed since the mount is alrealy aligned. Maybe this is caused by my Nexstar hand control being not updated recently or it might have to do with the mount (??). Is there anything you do in particular with the CGX to make sync possible? And do you use the Nexstar driver? What version of Nexstar HC?
Celestron C11, Skywatcher 100 ED Pro
Atik 383L+, ASI294