Dob men don 't drift align!
Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:50 PM
Unfortunately, I need to drift align to get it as good as it can be. I have studiously avoided tracking since 1976, though, and am a bit baffled. With my Newt and Telrad, it is super counter intuitive.
I turn off the drive to make sure I have that orientation right while I tweak my speed but I am having a devil of a time getting my head straight o North and South and what to do to make the drift stop!!
Anyone have an easy approach to this that even a Dob and Telrad guy can use?
Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:18 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 18 October 2012 - 05:13 PM
Are you using a platform? If so, made by whom? My thrown together platform moves the image around a big but keeps a planet on the chip for long while. Even so, it appears to have some North/South drift going on. It would be nice if I could work that out of there.
Thanks for your comments. I suspect I could learn to use a reticle eyepiece at the beginning of a session and orient the crosshair to help me sort it out. Having spent decades 90 degrees from my object and upside down, I get dang confused at times.
Posted 18 October 2012 - 06:28 PM