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#1 jcrew

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:43 PM

I am curious to hear if anyone uses any type of tripod markers or something that helps them set their tripod up to have it pointing north? I know some have piers but I am curious as to whether or not this is done with a tripod? Pictures would be great as well!

Clear nights,
Brad :grin:

#2 WadeH237

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 07:17 PM

I set up out on my back lawn.

I've installed and leveled three 12" round stepping stones in the grass where the tripod legs go. If I set my tripod up so that each leg is centered on its stepping stone, then it's in the right place.

It works great.

-Wade

#3 fetoma

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Posted 12 April 2009 - 08:02 PM

I've heard of people putting vegetable or soup cans in the ground to put the tripod legs on. You can cut the grass with them installed too!!! ;)

#4 7331Peg

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 12:21 AM

I observe from my deck and have used a black magic marker to outline the position of the three tripod legs on my CGE. Works great and is always very close when making the polar alignment.

John

#5 bebert

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 10:46 AM

I set up in my driveway so I marked my spot with spray paint - three small marks.


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