ES AR152 (By PowellAstro) iOPTRON IEQ45 Mount, Orion XX12i,Orion 80mm Short tube, Celestron C8 w/XLT OTA, ES 9mm 100 deg, ES 82deg complete set, ES 28mm 68deg, ES 2X 2 inch barlow. TV 35 & 41 Panoptics. Several other eyepieces, Telrad w/variable pulse, Artificial Star, Kendrick DigiFire 7 Kendrick dew heaters, Glatter Laser System, Filters, Celestron 25X100 binoculars Garrett tri-pod --------------------------- Looking to the heavens for little green people
Orlando, Florida, 81° W, 28.5° N, Joined: 8/27/11
CGEM, C8, C11, AT72ED, NexStar 5SE
Orion Starshoot Pro V2 Color, NexImage 5 / ASI120MC Planetary imagers
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David Cotterell Toronto, Ontario "If an observer actually sees an object, there is no point in referring to a formula to find out whether he ought to see it; and if he fails to detect it, no formula will ensure his success." - W.H. Steavenson 8" f/15.5 TEC Maksutov - 16" f/5 Teeter/Zambuto Dob - TEC 140 - AT 65EDQ APO Refractor - Astro-Physics Mach 1 GTO Mount - iOptron ZEQ25 mount - Discmount DM6 - Canon 60Da
Warren Astro-Tech 127EDT Celestron Onyx 80ED Astro-Tech Field Flattener C8 (circa 1983 Orange Tube) Atlas EQ-G, Orion SSAG Canon 135mm F2.8 Nikon 180mm F2.8 ED, 300mm F4.5 ED Canon XS Gary Honis Mod, 40D(the Band it) Philips SPC900 Astronomik CLS clip-in filter Hutech IDAS 2" LP filter http://www.flickr.com/photos/39603117@N03/?saved=1
Quote:So it points to the stars correctly? Then you have the correct date and time info there. It couldn't point at the starsaccurately without that information.If it's only missing the planets, maybe you have the year entered incorrectly.... The stars are in pretty much the same spot every year but the planets and moon are not....Otherwise it's a mystery.Dave
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:Rod, I'm a bit surprised by this. Are you saying the O.P. could just turn on his mount (assuming a good polar alignment) and after doing a two star alignment be able to find dso's no matter what time, date etc. was entered into the HC? I know for my AP Mach 1 and my Gemini G11 before that, that this is decidedly not the case and the number of folks I've seen struggling to get the time/date etc. correct on their mounts just so they can go to M42 etc. is formidable....
What am I missing?
Quote:Further thoughts. Actually my Sky Commander only requires a two-star alignment to point well to DSO's. The date is only needed for planets. But all mounts are not like this, are they? I guess there are different systems of 'algorithms?' <word needed> for different mounts - some need the date and location to work at all and some don't. The OP has an Atlas which must differ from the mounts I'm used to.Dave
Quote:I have been doing the three star alignment. Next time I set up I will try the 2 star alignment and see how it works. As far as alignment of the mount with the polar alignment scope it is dead on. Bill