Quote:I like to use Polaris as one of the stars since it is easy to find.
CPC1100 Nexstar 8i + GPS & Rays Brackets Denk S1 power switch Orion 100 mm Refractor Meade LXD 55 ...AR-5 127 mm Refractor Gerbring heated clothing in the winter Exploradome Observatory S.I.E. (Smiling Irish Eyes) 39*21'03" N 77*28'12" W The sky over my head....
More stuff than I need Not as much as I want
(Main scope: CPC800/Mallincam Color Hyper Plus)
Mason & Hamlin BB 2140 mm (grand piano)
Westchester Amateur Astronomers
CPC 1100, Celestar 8, Televue Pronto, ZEQ25gt Mount, Sky Safari/iPad
Quote:By the way, while Polaris is fine for an AltAz mount it's a terrible choice for an equatorial mount because it's so close to the hour angle axis.Chris
Quote:.....I have also found my cpc 800 is just too big to take with me for family vacations- there is no room for it in the car along with three or four suitcases and three or four people- so sad. I'll have to take my old (smaller Mak-Cas) scope on our August trip to Yosemite.
"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." - Galileo Galilei Celestron CPC1100 GPS (w/Hyperstar) Celestron CeleStar 8" SCT (w/ Advanced Astro Master DSCs) - SOLD Orion XT6 Dob (my kids' scope, my grab-n-go and my outreach scope) - SOLD
Scopes: CPC8, TV85+Voyager Binos: 40-70mm, GT80mm~45deg
"We live in the sky, not under it." John Tyndall
CPC1100 AstroTelescopes 80 mm f/7, 102mm f/11 ES AR127mm f/6.5 Zummell 254mm F4.9 Dob Coronado SolarMax II 60mm Delos 14mm, Axiom LX 10mm, 15mm 1.25"; 19mm, 23mm, 31mm 2" AstroTech Hi Grd Plossl 4mm, 6mm, 12.5mm, 17mm, 20mm UO Abbe Ortho Volcano tops smoothies Titan 26mm 2" ES 20mm 1.25" Celestron 40mm Plossl (came w/ scope) 1.25" Meade 5000 series 14mm Plossl 1.25" Baader Hyperion MkIII 8-24mm Zoom Pentax XW 7mm 1.25" TMB II planetary 3.2mm, 5mm 1.25" Lumicon UHC filter 2", OIII 2"
Quote:For the impossible targets that I'm second guessing and that my laptop isn't finding, there's always the Precision pointing method (can't remember the name) in the Hand Controller that allows you to center a bright nearby star and then takes you over to the challenging dim fuzzy.Cheers,Paul