Original Vixen Polaris Mount manual?
Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:40 PM
Posted 14 February 2014 - 10:20 PM
Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:04 PM
Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:29 AM
Posted 16 February 2014 - 12:51 PM
But there is not much to it. Again, if you have any questions I am sure we can answer them.
The RA circle is also used to align the polar finder, and the later manuals for the SP and GP were almost impossible to undersand on that point (using the hour circle to properly polar align using the finder) so I can't imagine that the Polaris manual (even if you can find one) would do a better job of describing this. The Polaris circle is actually better than on the later mounts (in my opinion), and works well if properly polar aligned to actually use the manual setting circles, but again, the instructions on using the polar finder was pretty horrible in all the manuals I had seen.
But the circles themseves work like any others and are calibrated in the same way.
Again, if you have quesitons, I am sure someone here can help.
Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:46 PM
I am getting things figured out but just feel a manual would help a LOT.
Too bad no one has one as it seems several people would like to lay their hands on one.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 11:52 AM
"Other standard features include a 6 X 30 finderscope to help you locate objects in the sky and, a Polaris equatorial mount with adjustable tripod. This mount consists of the following components: an equatorial head, setting circles, motion locks, manual slow motion controls and counterweight(s).
Setting Circle Diameter...........R.A. - 90MM (3.5") DEC- 82mm (3.2")
Electric Clock Drive .........Optional Pulse Motor Drive
Slow Motions .............................Manual
Polar Axis Finder ...............Optional"
Posted 17 February 2014 - 01:00 PM
Enjoy. I just got my Polaris out over the past few weeks and it's a joy. I'm going to have to take it down and regrease it though b/c it's awful stiff after sitting in a box for the past 10 years.
I've seen the instructions for the polar scope someplace and I'll post those as soon as I find them. From what I remember, though, the SP polar scope is the same as the Polaris polar scope, and the instructions are the same. (That should make it easier to find a polar scope...)
If the link doesn't work just PM me.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:16 PM
I saw on Astro Parts Outlet there is an "adapter" for the Polaris mount that will allow a CG-4 polar scope to attach to it. Might be worth checking out if you are interested, it is cheap ($20).
Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:31 PM
Posted 17 February 2014 - 04:55 PM
The polar scope is the same body as was an option with the CG-5 - about 9/16th" in diameter and 4" long. As a Polaris option it came with a hub that threads on the lower RA spigot. The hub permits alignment of the scope. Installtion of the scope interfers with Alt/Az use. Probably easier to use your GLP in the RA axle.
I've been looking for a Vixen Polaris mount manual for a number of years ... no luck! I'm beginning to wonder if Vixen ever printed a manual for this mount. The closest I've seen is a limited instruction manual when the mount was paired with a Vixen OTA ... never one for just the mount alone.
BTW ... here's an image of the polar scope from my Polaris mount:
Posted 17 February 2014 - 07:40 PM
I wish I could find exploded isometrics for this mount, similar to the SP link above.