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#1 dfischer71


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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:07 PM

I see people here talking about warp. Could someone explain what that is as well as why I should worry about it?  Thanks

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Posted 06 August 2014 - 10:53 PM

If you see it spoken like "warp factor" or in relation to Orion Intelliscope scopes, it's the way the Orion intelliscope computer tells how good your alignment of the computer was.


So, a warp factor of .3 or less is pretty good. A warp factor of 1 or higher is generally not good enough and you'd want to redo your aligment or check your scope's setup out.


Otherwise it's a Star Trek or Star Wars sort of thing :jedi:

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 01:32 AM

Hey, let's get the terminology right. It's Star Trek.

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 10:45 AM



I use an Argo Navis DSC and a warp or warp factor reading is given after each star align as you prepare the Argo Navis for use.  Argo Navis provides the following diffinition for warp factor.

The warp factor is the difference between the angular distance the telescope moved and the angular distance between 2 alignment stars or object as a function of time.

When using my AN I am looking for and expecting to see 0 warp factor.



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Posted 07 August 2014 - 11:08 AM

Everyone I talk to tells me I'm warped, so I guess I am the all powerful Warp!!! :lol:

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 02:08 PM

Star Trek = Warp

Star Wars = HyperSpace!!   These little differences are important!

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 04:38 PM

History quiz:What was it on the original "Lost In Space"?

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Posted 07 August 2014 - 07:29 PM

Will Robinsonian on an alt-az mount.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 01:41 PM

Warp is what happens to your brain, after seeing the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time.



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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:39 PM

Thanks for that.....brought back some memories......

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:29 PM

When using my AN I am looking for and expecting to see 0 warp factor.

And if you don't get it, it generaly means you picked the wrong star for one of your two star alignments.  IE. You aren't Riff Raff. You're Rocky .

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:50 PM

Come on guys! This is a serious question.

Older Digital setting Circle computer systems used a scale to measure the % from perfect alignment.

These are still used in JMI (Jims Mobile Computing) NGC systems. Sky Vector etc...The higher the Warp factor, the less

accurate the alignment is.

To fix this, there are some things to work on.

1..Making sure the system mechanics are slop free.

2..Use an illuminated reticle eyepiece/higher power  to select alignment Stars to center.

3..try and make sure the base, or tripod is level.

These older systems can be a great Joy to use. I have an older NGC MAX system on my C8 and wouldn't

trade it for anything. For one thing they allow you to use the scope with no RA drive hooked up!

yep thats right, align and go, if using the RA drive you can release the ra and dec clutch, Star Hop, scan, swing the scope

manually anywher you want... even to the local Football Field..

Lock it back up and continue viewing...WITHOUT REALIGNING!!!! try that with ANY current mount!

OH yes.. you do not have to use the RA and DEC motors to

slew to objects! the system is totally free! It does not matter how many objects are in the Data base, BECAUSE.

If you have the RA and Dec numbers you can ues them digitally to find ANYTHING!!!!

If your Power Tank goes dead.. No worries the system keeps aligned with a simple 9v radio Battery!

recharge or hook back to your car...

Mine last about 9 months!!!!!

No wonder the NCG MAX has been inproduction for over 20 years and can be fit to mostly ANY telescope out there!!!!

PM me for help if interested..

PS: I have NOTHING TO DO WITH JMI.... I'm just a very, very happy customer...

One other thing... IF Your mount dies.. put the system on a different one because they can be used on Fork, EQ, GEM AND AZ/ALT mounts!!! over and over again.

!!!.... They work even if you don't have a motor drive!!!


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