Meade Wedge Mount for LX50
Posted 31 January 2014 - 05:59 AM
Anyway, I have a question about polar aligning the wedge mount that came with it - it is the standard mount, not the Super Wedge.
It has a declination scale in degrees, but there is no obvious pointer to show what angle the mounting plate is actually at. The washer on the allen key partially obscures the readings as it moves. The plate on which the telescope sits, is also good couple of cm's above the axis around which the scale is marked, so seeing where the top of the mounting plate passes through the degree scale doesn't actually seem to give an accurate representation of its declination. I hope that makes sense - its hard to explain. If you have one of these wedges you might know what I mean. There wasn't an awful lot of info in the instruction book other than 'line up the wedge with your latitude'. Thanks in advance. Phil
Posted 31 January 2014 - 09:35 AM
The best method I have used - since mine didn't have any sort of marker to align it like the Superwedge does - is to use the center of the bolt on the bottom end of thebaseplate to which the telescope base mounts to. That's the method I discovered works best. On mine, I drew a line using a Sharpie permanent marker from that bolt down to the latitude scale that lined up in a straight-line path to any one of the latitude adjustment scale markers.
Another thing that helped me along the way was a protractor that helped me determine the angle I needed the latitude adjustment setting to be at.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 06:56 PM
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Posted 03 February 2014 - 04:51 PM
Have fun with it.