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#1 ponz

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:03 AM

I'm brand new to this. I have an ATLAS with SkyWatcher 600mm 80ED APO.

The mount has a built-in polar alignment scope. When I looked through it tonight, to line up with Polaris, all I could see was a red/orange background with star outlines on it.

I know this has to be something simple I'm missing.

Thanks
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#2 jrcrilly

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 12:22 AM

The polar scope "looks" through a hole in the dec shaft. You need to rotate the dec axis so the optical tube is east/west to bring the hole into line.

#3 proteus5

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 02:30 AM

Also make sure you have the counterweight shaft extended. I forgot to do that my first time out trying to polar align.

#4 ponz

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Posted 19 January 2013 - 10:54 AM

I figured it would be something easy. thank you very much.

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