Setting circles and equatorial platforms
Posted 23 April 2008 - 12:52 AM
This question probably has a simple answer but it sure has done my head in. On my Dob base I have constructed a setting circle similar to those described in many posts to this forum. I use a digital inclinometer for the vertical axis. I take care to level the base before dialing in the co-ordinates of the objects I wish to view. The system works well. Now, if I were to place the base and 'scope on an equatorial platform (Roundtable type), how could I use my circle/inclinometer on what is now a base tilted to 37 degrees?
Posted 23 April 2008 - 09:06 AM
Your Laptop or palm pilot should be able to output corodinates in RA and Dec just as easily as it did Alt & Az
Posted 23 April 2008 - 07:26 PM
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:39 AM
On my GEM, the RA circle moves with the mount when tracking. When slewing, the circle remains fixed and the RA changes as the mount moves.
Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:04 PM
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 07:36 PM
Thank you, from what I can tell manual setting circles + eq platform= useless. Fork mount conversion is the way to go
Posted 18 October 2012 - 08:51 PM