Last updated: 20 November 2007
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 09:24:18 From: Terry Godfrey (email@example.com) Setting the Dec axis for polar home setup involves swinging the OTA to be in line with the forks and standing back to see if the alignment looks OK. This can be a hit or miss affair. I wondered if others might be interested in this simple method I use for accurately setting the DEC. scale in advance of using the telescope. Best regards Terry Godfrey -------------Mike here: Neat idea! But doesn't the base have to be perfectly level for this to be accurate? Hum, or maybe not.
Subject: Re: Setting DEC axis scale Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2007 02:41:24 From: Terry Godfrey (firstname.lastname@example.org) Special levelling of the base is not necessary. All we are attempting to do is line up the OTA coaxially with the RA axis. If the base is tilted from horizontal it is no different than having a different angle of incidence from the light source. With regard to my original attached Instruction sheet, if you choose to post it in 'Tech Tips' I would delete the use of a plain mirror and only use light reflected off the corrector optics. Obviously setting up requires a darkened room. Best regards Terry Godfrey
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