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G11/Gemini-2/OPWB Canon 60D (unmodified) with 18/55mm kit lens and "nifty fifty" lens Assorted M42 screw mount lenses (28mm thru 300mm) Celestron 102GT refractor (Costco special) 8/10 inch astrograph someday. DeepSkyStacker 3.3.2 StarTools 1.3 http://www.astrobin.com/users/StarGale/ http://everettastro.org/
Quote:Yesterday I was out helping a friend level his iOptron iEQ45, and we got it pretty close. Does it have to be perfect, though? Why or why not? This is a GEM and is permanently mounted to an 8" diameter pier. See the attached photo for a depiction of how close we got it.
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Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral Arm
Skywatcher BD 180mm f/15 Mak Intes M703 180mm f/10 Mak ED102 f/7 refractor Vixen LVW42, 22,13,8,5 and Vixen LV50
"Life is a journey, enjoy the ride" *********** Stellarvue 90 Raptor CF.Explore Scientific 152mm Comet Hunter.Orionx14g.Borg 125SD.Borg 60ED. Borg 50Achro. AT10RC. AT6RC. iOptron iEQ45GTN w/TDM.iOptron ZEQ25.iOptron Cube Pro.iOptron MT Pro/iOptron SmartEQ Pro.Celestron 10x50 Way too many EPs, flatteners and reducers. Nikon D5100, Canon T3i and a bunch of filters.
http://www.faintfuzzy.net Stuff C14, C8, Orion XX14i, Meade 8" ACF, AT6RC, AT102ED, Orion ED80, PST, AP1600GTO, CGE, CG5, ST10-XME/CFW8, QHY8PRO, Optec TCF-s, Microtouch Focuser, Pyxis LE, Hyperstar for C8.
Shane in black-zone New Mexico
Quote:IMHO yes, if you want precise pointing and tracking. I have seven permanent GEM's and all are dead-level. I used an Engineer's level then checked that with a GPS and found both good. Once a drift alignment was done, I can get within 30 arc secs or so of the target.
Quote:Alas, mount manufacturers do not state level sensitivity
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