Taking my Celestron 8 EdgeHD to the next level.
The Wedge arrived within 5 days of ordering and was packed well. This is a great product and one that I had been pondering buying for some time. Installation was very straightforward and I had it installed and ready to use in about 30 or 40 minutes. The instructions on how to install it are good but there’s nothing supplied that helps with the alignment. I found that the easiest way to polar align is to use the Celestron CPWI software that is free. With CPWI and a WiFi connection to the mount, I performed a 4 position StarSense alignment followed by an All Star Polar Alignment. This worked but it noticed an alignment error when searching for targets. The second night out I also calibrated the StarSense camera alignment and this seems to have worked. I haven’t had much time to conduct any serious astrophotography but I was able to exceed 25 seconds exposure time, without guiding. All in all I think that the wedge is a useful product for those wishing to use the Celestron alt/az mount as an equatorial mount.
Got the wedge in the mail and was very impressed with the workmanship. Heavy, yes, but built to last. I did get mounted to the tripod, no problem. Got the Evo arm mounted as wellall with in 15 minutes, easy. Then came the new 8" Edge HD scope I got a week earlier and what a nice set up. I did try out the setup, and was very impressed with the scope and as well of the wedge. But the battery in the evo arm mount went south on me and after getting the setup in sept. new, the arm got sent back under warranty, battery problem, so now I have to wait to get it back, then I can get the unit setup and aligned and enjoy the new hobby. The OPT folks have been great to work with, getting the 8" edgeHD, shipped out and also the wedge, later as well. I had the 8" scope from the first new shipment, from OCP, and when I found OPT and ordered stuff from them I had better and faster shipments from them to Hawaii. Better service and shipping. I have looked at other outfits and none ship to hawaii or alaska, and others charge a arm and leg for shipment. So from the west coast was the best bet and OPT. I wish to thank every one for the great service, Mahalo (thank you) Aloha, Ed