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Quote:Thank you. I will try that. So, if I am facing west, and I push the up arrow, it will slew left toward Polaris?
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Quote:So, if I am facing west and I want to go left (west). Which button would you push?
Quote:Push the one that makes it go west Forget which button that is. Once your in the EP, things will change again. N-S-E-W may or may no be top-bottom-left-right depending on Diag being present where and how the scope is pointed.
Quote:So the RA is controlled by the arrows pointing up and down and the Dec is controlled by the arrows pointing side to side? Have I got that right?
Quote:The up/down buttons slew you toward or away from Polaris (up = toward). The left and right buttons slew in a circle around Polaris (right = counterclockwise).
Quote: Thanks to all for first clarifying everything and then confusing me all over again.
Quote:You say "when you (finally) get an object in the ep, lock the clutches and let the mount track"I had no idea that if I get something within the eyepiece by slewing with the buttons that it would track whatever is in the eyepiece. How will the mount know to track that object?
Dark Arts Observatory - Brockport, NY - Skyshed POD XL5 with iOptron iEQ45 Mount
Scopes: C8, C5, SV110 ED, EON-72 ED, ST 80, ATRC6, Megrez 90
Quote:I made a cheat sheet to take with me the next time I go out after slewing in the garage this morning. Take a look and give me your thoughts.
12" LX200 ACF OTA on a supercharged CGE mount Piggybacked Stellarvue SV80ED CPC925 CG-5 ASGT mounted Celestron C6 Meade DSI Pro III Meade DSI Pro I as autoguider
Quote:I've always wondered why the first alignment star is so far off. I mean, I do a pretty good polar alignment by hand now but no matter where the first alignment star is it's usually at least 5 to 10 degrees off.
Quote:A friend came over last night to help me get an alignment. He has the same CG-5 mount. Before he got there, I got Polaris through my polar scope and had him take a look. He said that I was quite a bit off. I had aligned Polaris in the large circle and not the smaller circle. Man, I was doing it all wrong. I thought that Cassiopia and the big dipper were in the polar scope just to make it look nice. He showed me how to turn the polar scope so that the big dipper is in the same position that it is in the sky and to get Polaris inside of the really small circle. After we got that done, I was able to get an alignment but I still can't get used to the movement of the mount. That cheat sheet that I made up was of no use. Because it took so long to get the alignment, I only slewed to Saturn but it went right there. By then, it was after midnight and I had to go to work the next day so I slewed to Polaris and then put it in hibernate mode. Now, when I wake it up, hopefully it will be close to alignment.