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Quote:Geez; I was thinking of the CGE, which has home switches. On that mount, there are no home switches. Just ignore the white marks and start with the telescopes aimed North. That's where the mount thinks they are aimed and it has no way of knowing that you ignored the marks so all will be normal.You could still do as I described first and sooner or later it would figure it out and compensate - but you don't need to.
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Quote: NO! NO! NO!Your best option is to use the mount in the way that Celestron designed it to be used.Fit the scopes to the tandem bar and fit the assembly to the mount.Set the mount to the white alignment markers.Set the OTA orientation to East or West
Quote: I used a side by side setup for quite a while on several different CG5 mounts and a CGEM mount. I always pointed my scopes north as John C mentioned and ran my alignment from there with no issues. Even though Celestron has an East-West OTA orientation feature in the firmware I don't think it applies to the VX, CG-5, and CGEM mounts. It may be necessary for those mounts with motion limiters.Patrick
Quote:Nope. It most assuredly applies to those mounts.
Quote: Quote:Nope. It most assuredly applies to those mounts. I'm not saying it doesn't work with those mounts. I'm saying it's an unnecessary step to go through to align those mounts. I've aligned my mount(s) hundreds of times with the white marks 90° off.
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Quote:Ok, So If I leave the mount on the normal north position, do I point the scope North or do I leave it facing east or west (west in my case) ? I assume I just point it north.
Quote:Quote:Ok, So If I leave the mount on the normal north position, do I point the scope North or do I leave it facing east or west (west in my case) ? I assume I just point it north. Oh, man...I hate to tell you this, but "It depends." IF you've played with the "OTA Orientation" settings in the hand controller then point the OTAs which ever direction you've indicated. IF you haven't set the OTA Orientation, then point the OTAs north. This is why I don't mess with the OTA Orientation setting on the CG5/AVX/CGEM/CGEM DX. I just point the OTAs north and turn the mount on.