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Best and faster way of Drift Align in GOTO mount?

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#1 Tommy

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 12:37 AM

Hi,

I stay in Malaysia with only 3 deg North at latitude. So, Polar star is impossible for me to see. Anyone can share their Best and faster way of Drift Align in GOTO mount?

Hope all the GOTO master can help me on this.

Regards,

Tommy

#2 LLEEGE

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 06:32 AM

Several GOTO mounts have built in routines for polar alignment that can be used without Polaris visible.
Do you have any particular mount in mind.

#3 Luigi

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 07:52 AM

Use a magnetic compass and set adjust altitude axis of the mount to your latitude. I do this all the time and it's plenty close enough for visual star-hopping, and for the go-to to work once it's aligned on the stars. Also, the new Celestron hand controller firmware has a convenient routine that facilitates polar alignment.

#4 Jaxdialation

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Posted 25 August 2009 - 09:00 AM

Software! PolarAlignMax or Pempro.
Figure out how to place your mount in exactly the same spot each time.

#5 Alph

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 01:01 PM

I stay in Malaysia with only 3 deg North at latitude


You are fine. The drift polar alignment method does not need Polaris

#6 Tommy

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Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:43 PM

Thanks guys. I ordered a GOTOnova GOTO kit for my Vixen SP mount. So, need to get ready myself.

Regards,

Tommy






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