Atlas AZ/EQG -question on star alignment
Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:26 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:59 AM
In AZ mode it gives you 2 options for the goto alingment.
A) Brightest Star
B)2 Star Alingment.
(the first star you point it manually and the rest it points them for you and you refine the pointing)
It's pretty straight forward.
In the EQ mode on the other hand the sofrware is exactly the same with the ATLAS/NEQ6. (1,2,3 star alignment)
The firmware is currently in 3.34 official version but they keep implementing new stuff.
Anyways i am guessing there is going to be a new version soon since with the 3.34 they have disabled the ASPA routine till they make it better i guess.(i hope they release it soon)
I hope i've been of help.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:17 AM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:00 PM
For AZ setup, the mount should be set up with (if you are facing North with the mount in front of you) the Mount connections facing you, telescope on the right side, counterweights (or dual saddle) on the left side.
There is no "polar alignment" in AZ as there's no polar wedge option (yet). I'm not at all sure how it would behave if it WERE mounted on a wedge. I may try it, as I have a meade heavy field tripod and superwedge I haven't bothered to try selling yet.
The GOTOs in AZ mode seem to be pretty accurate. It managed to nail the recent PANSTARRS C/2011 L4 comet as a user-entered object after a rough 2-star alignment at an outreach event in the middle of March. My polar mode gotos (the one night I've gotten to try it) seemed to be off (fairly consistently), but I didn't try with the secondary encoders disabled.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:02 PM
It will if they're in the selected "sector" of the sky. At least it does for me in ALT-AZ mode.
As of firmware 3.34 (what my AZ/EQG came with), the "Brightest Star" option appears to be identical to "2-star" option as it never gives me the choice of aligning to a planet. At least it doesn't give me Jupiter or Saturn as alignment targets.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:06 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 04:59 PM