Try to learn at least one object each clear night.
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
My photos: http://astrobin.com/users/Steve/
Quote:Hello,I have a used Nexstar 8SE Alt/Az mount which lacks accuracy regardless what alignment method is used. I tried the Solar System, SkyAlign (3 stars), Two stars and North EQ alignment methods and after alignment the GO-TO is far from locating the object. For example, if I enter M31 the mount slews and stops at Sirrah in Pegasus. If I enter the Moon or Venus it goes south of its intended object. The mount is level and the OTA is attached properly. I think this mount is ready to be boxed up and bury 6 ft under. Does anyone have any suggestion/s on making this mount usable. It is frustrating to take this mount to a public night event and cannot rely on it when lots of people standing nearby waiting on you to find DSO to see.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
“I am the only person to ever ace a 1951 USAF resolution test. My 'to observe' list says 'done'. I do not use charts or atlases when I starhop; men do not use maps. One of my sketches won an SBIG deep sky imaging contest. I am the life of star parties I have never attended. I never say anything looks like a faint fuzzy - not even a faint fuzzy. Pilots aim green laser pointers at me. Don Pensack proofreads my CN forum posts.” - The Most Interesting Astronomer in the Universe
Quote: Also, are you carefully centering each alignment star (such as by using a reticle eyepiece)?
APM/TMB 115/805 APO Celestron ED-80 Celestron 9.25
CG-5 Vixen Porta II
Naglers: 17T4, 13T6, 3-6 zoom UWANs: 28mm, 7mm Pentax 10XW, 10mm Radian
Misc EP: 50mm Parks, 42mm GSO, 2x TV Barlow, sundry plossls...