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philming
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HC polar align and goto align
      #4533417 - 04/21/11 04:14 AM

Hi all !
Simple question. If I want to do a polar align via my HC on my CG5-GT, i'm supposed to have done a 2 star align beforehand. Then I can access the polar align routine. Since I'm then fiddling with the mount's position physically, not just via the HC, I suppose i must do the 2 star align AGAIN after the polar align ?
Is this right ?

Thanx for your help !


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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: philming]
      #4533503 - 04/21/11 05:53 AM

Quote:

Hi all !
Simple question. If I want to do a polar align via my HC on my CG5-GT, i'm supposed to have done a 2 star align beforehand. Then I can access the polar align routine. Since I'm then fiddling with the mount's position physically, not just via the HC, I suppose i must do the 2 star align AGAIN after the polar align ?
Is this right ?

Thanx for your help !




That is correct. Although I've been _told_ the new AllStar align takes the movements you make in polar aligning into account.


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philming
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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: rmollise]
      #4533563 - 04/21/11 07:04 AM

Thanx for you're input. Have you been able to verify this ?

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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: philming]
      #4534034 - 04/21/11 11:18 AM

Doing an alignment after doing an 'All Star' polar alignment is not necessary. I have used 'All Star' on my CG-5 and CGEM and even after physically moving the mount a long way the accuracy of the align is not effected. You can 'Undo sync' and realign the mount to your alignment stars, but I've found that for visual this is not required.

Stan


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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: philming]
      #4534196 - 04/21/11 12:19 PM

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Thanx for you're input. Have you been able to verify this ?




Actually, you do NOT need to do another alignment following the AllStar Polar Alignment routine assuming you've done a 2-star PLUS 3 or 4 calibration star alignment followed by the AllStar PA routine. Even moving the mount physically in ALT and AZ during the ASPA is compensated for by the HC firmware. I do this regularly with my CGE (same exact firmware as you have in the CG5) Granted, it seems like magic, but it works - the firmware is aware of the model of the sky that the 2+3(or 4) builds, how much the PA routine moved the mount and in what direction, and can compensate accordingly. Of course, it does no harm to shut down and re-align but it really isn't necessary. I've tried it both ways and the final model wasn't any better with the total re-align than with the no-realign method. YMMV.


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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: DaveJ]
      #4535509 - 04/21/11 10:30 PM

I would recommend that you go beyond the 2 star align and do at least 2 stars on each side of the meridian, preferably 2+4 then the PA routine. Your pointing model will be much better.

David


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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: philming]
      #4535948 - 04/22/11 07:00 AM

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Thanx for you're input. Have you been able to verify this ?




No...I'll admit...I'm still using the old Polaris Polar Align rountine in the pre AllStar build. But...one of these days I will switch over to the new stuff.


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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: philming]
      #4541866 - 04/24/11 08:44 PM

Quote:

Hi all !
Simple question. If I want to do a polar align via my HC on my CG5-GT, i'm supposed to have done a 2 star align beforehand. Then I can access the polar align routine. Since I'm then fiddling with the mount's position physically, not just via the HC, I suppose i must do the 2 star align AGAIN after the polar align ?
Is this right ?

Thanx for your help !




It's recommended, but not strictly required. After I do a 2+3 then ASPA, the gotos are very good. Sometimes the goto is so good that the red dot hides the next star that you slew to. I have been able to get 4 minute guided subs with a 500mm refractor with this. Haven't tried imaging with any longer focal length.

Clem


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philming
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Re: HC polar align and goto align new [Re: nganga]
      #4556781 - 05/02/11 09:59 AM

Done the test, sorry it doesnt work. I started with a polar align (physical, through the PA scope), then made a perfect alignment with 2 + maximum sync stars, with reticulated EP, so I know I was sharp on the stars. I've done the HC polar alignment right after, then slewed to a big recognisable star. and it was off. Should have been right on :-/

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