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
Photo: Qhy9 mono + qhy 5x2" filter wheel and Baader 2" LRGB, Ha, O3 and S2 filters , Meade DSI Pro 2 as guider, TS 9mm off-axis guider Binoculars: Nikon Action 12x50 Telescopes: Skywatcher Evostar 120ED f7.5 APO + TS 2" flattener Mounts: HEQ5 Pro Eyepieces: Nagler 11mm type6, Pentax XW 7mm, Televue 2X barlow 1.25"
Quote:The problem with using the default choices of the synscan, it'll prompt you for the brightest, ie easiest to find stars, which dont always give best alignment. Always avoid stars high near zenith, particularily for the first star.We rarely take the first choice, but scroll down the offered list. First star on the west side (because we have a better view to the west), then second star also on west side, well displaced from the first. Third star on the east side of meridian. Avoid anything up near zenith.Once we had this sorted out in our minds, alignments have never been a problem for us. We have been using a eq6-pro (his) and an heq5-pro (hers) this way for years.
Meade 8" SCT 80mm APO Refractor ATIK 383L/3l4e Mono CCD's Nautilus 1.25" F/W w Baader Ha,LRGB set DMK21 Webcam TV 6mm/14mm Delos; 24Pan eyepieces Software:CS6;Nebulostiy3;Sequence Gen.Pro Member of RASC & Local Astronomy Group