Jimmy Celestron 1100 CPC f/10 SCT Celestron 150mm f/8 Refractor on CG-5 mount Celestron 130mm f/5 Newtonian on Lxd55 mount Orion 120mm f/5 Refractor Meade 80mm f/11 Refractor Orion Short Tube 80mm f/5 Refractor Lunt 60mm double stack on IOptron Coronado PST double stack on IOptron mount Mallincam Xtreme, Mallincam SSI, Samsung 2000, Celestron Skyris & Meade DSI II color cameras
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Orion SkyQuest XT10 Dob
6" f/8 Home-built Dob
Suburban Washington DC
Quote:I have a CG-5 mount and purchased a polar scope for it. The instructions talk about moving the dec back and forth to get it aligned. Just how important is that? My neighbor who has the same mount has never aligned his polar scope and his gotos are great. We had first light with my mount last week and the gotos were fine. I tried to follow the directions and I got close but not quite.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:How are your gotos with just finding Polaris in the finder? I would think they would be a bit off. The polar scope and the finder are not on the same line of sight!
Quote:Quote:How are your gotos with just finding Polaris in the finder? I would think they would be a bit off. The polar scope and the finder are not on the same line of sight! You thunk wrong. A buddy of mine, a newbie, came up to me at the dark site one evenin' and said, "Unk Rod...got a problem...my go-tos are great, but the tracking sucks." I gave it a look-see. Turned out the Polaris he'd aligned on was really Kocab.
Scopes: Meade SN6, 10" Dob, Meade LS6, 5" reflector, 8" reflector, 102GT
Mounts: LXD75 and LXD55
Camera: SBIG 8300M, Baader 7nm Ha, OIII, SII, LRGB