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Quote:Not getting this part, please explain to me:"you need to set the scope so that it is (roughly) pointed at the NCP. This would be with the weight end straight down and the OTA in line with the polar scope. ANDIf you have a Synscan HC, it should give you Polaris position after you complete setup."
Quote:Step 3: Return the scope to HOME position.
When you finish setup from your hand control, the HC screen will tell you what position Polaris should be in your Polar Finder.
Quote:1. Set up mount so it points as close as possible to True North in azimuth and your latitude in elevation. Don't worry about home position yet. Leveling the mount does help the whole thing work easier. <<< I use the latitude meter on the side of Atlas and poistion it on "42" as per what i found on google. IS that what you are mentioning?2. Polaris needs to be on the big circle in the polar scope. All the convoluted instructions on getting the little circle oriented are unnecessary. The hand controller, when the correct date and time are entered, tells you where the little circle should be (the second number in the polar data). <<< moving the RA to match that setting. Hence moving the RA so that polaris matches that data i see on HC? if so, then weight end would go up and scopes down. 2. Either use the hand controller Polaris location, which takes into account the horizontal and vertical flips in the polar scope refractor, or mentally flip the planetarium orientation in both axes. That's where Polaris should appear on the big circle in the polar scope. Piece of cake. Much easier to do than to type up. << Meaning just put polaris on the circle? Without moving the RA? Keeping scopes up and weight end down?3. So, you set up the mount, you know where Polaris should appear on the big circle from the hand controller or from your planetarium program, just look into the polar scope and put Polaris at that clock position on the big circle. Done. No crazy RA rolls, no "match the Cassiopeia/Big Dipper" orientation". Too dadgum simple, but it's all you need. And you didn't lose your home position rolling the OTA around. <<< Home positions means, again, weights down and scopes up pointing north?
Quote:Then, return your scope to HOME position
Quote:Please correct me if I am wrong. This is what I have understood from all the help above:Steps:1. Start with the mount facing north in Home position2. Home position is weight end down, scopes facing north straight3. All levers locked (RA and Dec)4. By looking at either the polarfinder software or the clock value on the HC, match the polaris on the BIG cirlce of the polar scope. Ignoring the pictures on it and the polaris small circle5. Adjust the position of my ENTIRE rig to match polaris on the big circle. WITHOUT touching the RA.6. Once its in the right position, turn on mount. And start with 1 Star alingment. And select Polaris as GOTO7. Adjust again if necessary8. Begin with the rest of the 3 Star AlignmentPlease correct me if I am wrong in the most simplest words.Thanks
Quote:Quote:Step 3: Return the scope to HOME position.But if i do this, then polaris will escape the reticle circle of the polar axis scope?
Quote:...try a 1-star, then 2-star, then 3-star and see how the GOTOs do. You might be surprised that a 1-star ain't bad when the mount is level and polar aligned.
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