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Framis
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Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not)
      #3070018 - 04/27/09 08:57 AM

Question: I am a newbie and have many questions...

The one that is jumping out at this moment is to install a Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 or not?

Will this make my life easier, or cause me to gray prematurely?

-Doug

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Re: Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not) new [Re: Framis]
      #3070055 - 04/27/09 09:21 AM

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Question: I am a newbie and have many questions...
The one that is jumping out at this moment is to install a Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 or not?




Hi Doug,

Assuming you have a version 4.x controller, one that supports firmware updates, install the latest 4.16 firmware and use the built-in All-Star polar alignment routine. With my CGE, I get fantastic polar alignment a whole lot easier than with a polar axis scope.

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Framis
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Re: Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not) new [Re: DaveJ]
      #3070072 - 04/27/09 09:27 AM

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Quote:

Question: I am a newbie and have many questions...
The one that is jumping out at this moment is to install a Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 or not?




Hi Doug,

Assuming you have a version 4.x controller, one that supports firmware updates, install the latest 4.16 firmware and use the built-in All-Star polar alignment routine. With my CGE, I get fantastic polar alignment a whole lot easier than with a polar axis scope.




I am not sure. All I know is that it is the Advanced GT, and the person that I got it from said that he updated the firmware last year...

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CGEM, AT80/AT66, AT6RC, PST, 8" beater Dob,
Canon T1i (modded) using Backyard EOS,
and other stuff not cool enough to mention...

lilblueorb.com/my-astro-images

Niagara Falls NY


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Re: Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not) new [Re: Framis]
      #3070126 - 04/27/09 09:55 AM

Don't bother with it. For visual use, polar alignment isn't that critical, just get it close. For imaging, the polar scope wont get you close enough.

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Framis
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Re: Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not) new [Re: bdjeep]
      #3070133 - 04/27/09 10:02 AM

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Don't bother with it. For visual use, polar alignment isn't that critical, just get it close. For imaging, the polar scope wont get you close enough.




Fair enough... I was actually looking to get my feet wet in AP. I just its going to be a learning experience...

Thanks for the input.

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CGEM, AT80/AT66, AT6RC, PST, 8" beater Dob,
Canon T1i (modded) using Backyard EOS,
and other stuff not cool enough to mention...

lilblueorb.com/my-astro-images

Niagara Falls NY


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Re: Polar Axis Finder for CG-5 (recommended or not) new [Re: Framis]
      #3070381 - 04/27/09 12:10 PM

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I am not sure. All I know is that it is the Advanced GT, and the person that I got it from said that he updated the firmware last year...



Doug, if you want to figure exactly what you've got and what you're options are have a look at Mike's site www.nexstarsite.com The info there will take you through how to figure out exactly what firmware you have and how to load new version if desired/required. There are also some very useful troubleshooting tips in case of future problems.

I also agree that v4.15 or 4.16 and the All Star Polar Routine is the way to compared to buying a polar alignment scope.

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Mark

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