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#1 csa/montana

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 10:04 AM

PDF patterns for degree circles

#2 GregBuchholz

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:17 PM

I had such great success with the setting circle pattern for my 8" Dob, I also created an azimuth version for my 3" Celestron First Scope (see attached). If you are printing out the PDF on 8.5" x 11" paper using the Adobe PDF Reader, you'll need to make sure when you hit the print button to select "None" for "Page Scaling:", otherwise it'll shrink the output size a bit.

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#3 GregBuchholz

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:42 PM

...and here's the source code for the PostScript program I used to generate that setting circle. The programmers in our midst can see how to modify that to generate graduated circles of any diameter. (see the attached, or below)

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%!PS-Adobe-2.0
%%Title: Setting Circles for 195mm diameter Celestron First Scope
%%Creator: Greg Buchholz
%%CreationDate: 2012Jun10
%%EndComments

/inch {72 mul} def
/mm {inch 25.4 div} def

/long_mark 10 mm def
/short_mark 5 mm def
/radius 195 mm 2 div def
/choose_mark {dup 5 mod 0 eq {long_mark 1} {short_mark 0.5} ifelse setlinewidth} def
/Courier findfont 10 scalefont setfont
/inner_radius radius 2 mm sub (360) stringwidth pop sub long_mark sub def

%center mark and outer circles
8.5 inch 2 div 11 inch 2 div translate % assume 8.5"x11" paper
0 0 short_mark 4 div 0 360 arc stroke
0 0 radius 0 360 arc stroke
1 300 div inch setlinewidth
0 0 inner_radius 0 360 arc stroke
0 short_mark 2 div neg moveto
0 short_mark rlineto
short_mark 2 div neg 0 moveto
short_mark 0 rlineto
stroke

%degree marks
0 0 moveto
0 1 359 {
1 rotate
radius neg 0 moveto choose_mark 0 rlineto
dup 10 mod 0 eq {( ) cvs 1 mm -3 rmoveto show} if
stroke
} for

showpage

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#4 Dinosour23

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 05:53 PM

Here is a replacement Altitude stripe by the great J.T. Senghas of Cloudynights.

This fits Skywatcher AZ-4 Alt-Az head and it's rebranded cousins. 

 

 

Thanks J.T and CN ! Holy work.

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Edited by Dinosour23, 21 May 2015 - 01:50 PM.


#5 beatlejuice

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 06:53 PM

Two-way circle. Take the file to  Staples or UPS store to have it resized to any size desired.

 

Attached File  Degree Circle.pdf   93.83KB   33 downloads

 

Eric

 

 




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