Quote:Too many cloudy nights lately - need to gain some more experience with the new CGEM. Severe thundershowers about 5:00 pm yesterday, but after they passed through some patches of blue appearing. By sunset the skies were nearly clear and the CSC showed blue for the rest of the night.Set up the CGEM in the side yard with the William Optics Flt110 refractor and Stellarvue guidescope. No problems with the usual 2 + 4 alignment, but some difficulty with the new polar alignment routine. Unsuccessful with the polar alignment on Kochab (guess it's too close to the celestial pole) and with Alkaid (too close to the meridian perhaps?), finally success with Eltamin.Much prefer to use Polaris. Easy to make adjustments while looking through the eyepiece. Can't reach adjustment knobs while viewing in the eyepiece - have to lean over, make the adjustment and then look back in the eyepiece to see if it's centered.Anyway, finally successful and had a good, albeit brief, night of imaging. Great tracking by this mount. Just as I got the autoguider calibrated and on target, heavy clouds moved in and shut me down after just a few subs.
Uncle Rod Uncle Rod's Astroblog: http://uncle-rods.blogspot.com/
Quote:Hmmm...I've used the AllStar routine on Polaris, and it seemed to work fine...
Quote: For best results choose a polar alignment star that is high in the sky and near the Meridian. Try to avoid stars that are close to the west/east horizon, directly overhead or too near the celestial pole.
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SCOPES: CPC1100; AT66ED; EdgeHD 8";SVR90T RAPTORMOUNTS: CGEM; Vixen GP2; iOptron Sky Tracker; Celestron AVXCAMERAS: Canon 60D;LodestarEYEPIECES:TV N31T5;Delos14;Delos8;Pan27; PL20;PL25;PL32;TMB9The Lord sits enthroned above the circle of the earth...He stretched out the heavens like a canopy.
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