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Old 11-06-2019, 11:54 PM
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Price might be scary but interesting new product.........

https://staraid.ai/
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Old 12-06-2019, 10:36 AM
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Price might be scary but interesting new product.........

https://staraid.ai/
Nice find - yes, a little expensive though.

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Old 12-06-2019, 11:19 AM
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I'm feeling old - never know what new fangled gadgets kids will come up with next.
Looks good, but I hate phones - don't like having one with me all of the time.
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Old 12-06-2019, 03:42 PM
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:05 PM
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Way too overpriced for untested technology
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Old 12-06-2019, 05:52 PM
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It sounds wonderful but price is over the top.
It can only be a camera and software...if you have plate solving that allows you to polar align ...add guiding software...still two only for sale which someone will buy...they probably have a few more tucked away however☺
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Old 13-06-2019, 11:52 AM
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Looks nice, and would be useful if it all works. The asi air (never used one) does all the same stuff, but requires a cheap guide cam in addition. It’s also supposed to be more future proof, in terms of adding autofocus etc. it’s a fraction of the price as well.

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I see in the specifications that it is only mains powered ?

https://staraid.ai/product/staraid-revolution/

In the specs I read a mains power supply which converts it to 6V DC. Why not 5V which is the standard voltage supplied by power banks without DC step-up converter.

And this: https://staraid.ai/features/

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All mounts with adjustable screws or knobs are supported (even single-axis tracking platforms).
So my dumb SP single axis tracking mount would be supported ?
I thought it requires two axes controlling motors in order to guide at all ?

EDIT: I read the FAQ and saw I need (as expected) a BoxDorfer MTS-3 upgrade kit for the SP mount.
And it does not support off-axis guiding, which is a bummer to me : extra guiding telescope which is extra weight.

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Old 18-10-2019, 03:55 PM
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The StarAid is now available outside Europe to select countries
like Australia. I went ahead and ordered one , for my situation
with a mount that requires decent polar alignment for visual
IĒm hoping the features that this provides will be invaluable....
be interesting to see . Zsofia and Pieter where quick to answer
any questions , process and post . Hopefully next week I can try it
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Old 18-10-2019, 04:01 PM
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The StarAid is now available outside Europe to select countries
like Australia. I went ahead and ordered one , for my situation
with a mount that requires decent polar alignment for visual
IĒm hoping the features that this provides will be invaluable....
be interesting to see . Zsofia and Pieter where quick to answer
any questions , process and post . Hopefully next week I can try it
HUH? SXP? No, it doesn't lol. Plonk, 4 star alignment, tracks all night dead centre even with a naff polar alignment.

You are just LAZY Stuart!

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Old 19-10-2019, 12:26 PM
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True the SXP works a charm but decent PA helps , most of my backyard is blocked to sight the SCP so the StarAid should be very useful for me .....never want to drift align again
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Old 19-10-2019, 12:50 PM
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You should upgrade to a Celestron AVX Stuart, with the All Star PA
(10% off at Andrews right now)
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Old 19-10-2019, 05:41 PM
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The AVX looks good , wonder how it compares to the SXP
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Iíve been doing this for a few years now. In fact in won a telescope making award in 2017 at SPSP for a device just like this. My version acted as a finder and clear sky detector too. Iím glad to see someone has come up with the same style of device, o didnít have time to convert it to a product, and the ROI wasnít really there in the first place. Itís hard to get an original idea off the ground in Australia let alone the amateur astronomy market.

So good luck to them, but I suspect that they will be undercut by clever makers now that they have shown the idea. Thatís why I keep my devices to myself now and up to 3 years (as it would seem) ahead of current tech.

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Old 22-10-2019, 10:35 AM
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Had a preliminary run with the Staraid last night, no imaging just wanted to see how it works and interfaces with my mount. It was all easy and quick to set up with the App, have the mount connected and get the camera focused {through a ZWO 130mm FL mini guide scope}. Following the guide pointed the scope/mount at a patch of sky which was plate solved quickly and then adjusted the mount with the instructions/visual aids in the App. Once done {about 5 mins} I put in a 5mm illuminated eyepiece {800mm FL scope} and centered on a star, no RA/Dec drift after 15 mins, small amount of RA drift after 30 mins but no Dec movement. Tried the multi-star guiding, this was all automatic, with calibration etc, the App again has graphs to monitor. I usually
go by what a image sub looks like when it comes to judging guiding so I'm unfamiliar what the graphs and numbers the App was relaying but guiding seemed to be stable , will try with a imaging run tonight to see how it goes.
After finishing up I sent a email to the Staraid team with a few questions and had answers within a hour. At this stage the Staraid seems to work very well and easy to use, good news as well the team are developing more features and upgrades {ie;dithering}.
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