Astronomy Cast- Weekly Facts-Based Journey Through the Cosmos

Having a good grasp of astronomy is a nice compliment to astrophotography. Understanding planets, stars, nebula’s, galaxies, and all of the other imaging targets along with the overall workings of the universe only enhances the experience of this excellent pastime!

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NexRemote Telescope Control for CGEM

My review of the Celestron CGEM continues. This article is dedicated to my experience with NexRemote telescope control. This is the first time that I have ever used NexRemote and some things were a bit tricky. But after figuring it out, I thoroughly enjoyed using it! So I hope to provide some helpful hints on getting you started using NexRemote.

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CGEM Drift Alignment Procedure

This procedure covers the steps I take to perform a drift alignment on my Celestron CGEM telescope. Although the All-Star Aligment routine works really well to get the CGEM closely aligned with the celestial pole, I have found that the alignment needs to be refined further to be suitable for astrophotography. Note that this polar alignment procedure is written for my setup: CGEM mount, 9.25″ Celestron SCT, 1.25″ Diagonal, and 12mm Illuminated reticule eyepiece. The basic concept still applies to other variations of telescopes, but you may have to move your telescope in the opposite direction for azimuth or altitude adjustments.

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