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#1 kohudson

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:46 AM

Hi Everyone,

I have a new (to me) EM-200 and I hate to admit it, but the polar alignment documentation seems very confusing. Does anyone know of any resources that explain how to polar align an EM-200 in simpler terms than what's found in the manual? Failing that, does anyone have any pointers to get me going?

Thanks, Ken

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 12:56 PM

Download the Polar Finder program from the TAK group on Yahoo. No fuss, very simple.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 01:28 PM

It's been a while since I owned an EM-200, and my current mount (NJP) uses a different PAS, but the way I remember it the RA axis is rotated until the bubble level is centered and the date ring in the PAS is then rotated until the time and date line up. Then you just Polaris on the indicated spot.

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:17 PM

Download the Polar Finder program from the TAK group on Yahoo. No fuss, very simple.

Joel

I think to buy the mount to; can you give me the LINK?

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 03:57 PM

Download the Polar Finder program from the TAK group on Yahoo. No fuss, very simple.


It is my understanding that the Polar Finder program doesn't work with the EM-200 because the reticle, among other things, is different. At least that used to be true. I don't know if there is a newer versions of the program or not. Do you know Joel?

Thanks, Ken

#6 joelwhicker

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:25 PM

There are two programs, I have an NJP now and use the one you refer to. The other is called Polefinder.exe and used to be in the files section. I just looked and did not see it. It is written by a guy named Hartmut V. Bornemann and a screen shot looks like this...I assume that it is freeware as it was posted in a public forum. If you PM me with your address I will email a copy.

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#7 joelwhicker

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 04:33 PM

Reference Message #45761 in Tak Uncensored group. Or Google "polefinder Harmut"

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:00 PM

Thank you very much Joel. This program will really be helpful. I found the .exe in the HVB directory under files.

Cheers!

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:08 PM

Just be sure that during Daylight Savings Time that you fudge your time zone one hour east of where you are. I live in central time zone, but during DST I must set it to Eastern time. It will affect your offset scale setting....

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 06:02 PM

Just be sure that during Daylight Savings Time that you fudge your time zone one hour east of where you are. I live in central time zone, but during DST I must set it to Eastern time. It will affect your offset scale setting....


Will do!

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Posted 24 August 2010 - 11:52 PM

Joel

I PM you.

Thanks! :waytogo:






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