Last updated: 11 August 2003
Sent: Saturday, August 9, 2003 10:14:31 From: email@example.com (James Krehmke) I prefer to align my ETX to true north using Polaris as Dr. Sherrod recommends . This is not possible at my southern (Mars) observing site, as Polaris is behind the trees. To simplify setup, I made this little wedge from foam core board. It is cut to the 17.30 local declination angle. I attached a $2.00 Wal-mart compass with 2-sided sticky tape. Now, I just place this alongside my tripod adapter and rotate the assembly until the compass reads north. The compass glows in the dark so it is easy to realign or move in ther dark if necessary. Now if the clouds would only clear! James Krehmke Dallas, Oregon
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