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De Lorme
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how set the seting circles
      #5592108 - 12/28/12 02:49 AM

Hi, If someone could confirm if I'm doing this right I sure would appreciate it. I'm getting ready to install the ra setting circle on a old 17.5" Odessey. I made a round circle out of plywood and installed a lazy susan on which the base will sit. Assuming RA starts at 0, do I align 0 with {magnetic} north?
Then have a pointer centered {and starting at zero, magnetic north} at the bottom of the base to which would guide me from 0 to 360 degrees. Is my thinking correct? Thanks for letting me know. De Lorme


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5592255 - 12/28/12 08:24 AM

I assume you are going to use this with a computer readout. I did this about 30 years ago with a c-64.

If I remember right it was backwards. this was in the days of fido net and some guy with Bell Labs pointed out my mistake. Sorry if I am not as smart as him.

Try it with some paper circles, before doing something peer ament.

BTW it worked great until I got encoders.


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5592288 - 12/28/12 08:49 AM

Quote:

Hi, If someone could confirm if I'm doing this right I sure would appreciate it. I'm getting ready to install the ra setting circle on a old 17.5" Odessey. I made a round circle out of plywood and installed a lazy susan on which the base will sit. Assuming RA starts at 0, do I align 0 with {magnetic} north?
Then have a pointer centered {and starting at zero, magnetic north} at the bottom of the base to which would guide me from 0 to 360 degrees. Is my thinking correct? Thanks for letting me know. De Lorme




Negative. You align the azimuth (there is no R.A. with an alt-az mount) with true north, Polaris. Center Polaris in the main scope and set the circle to 0. Also be advised that for this to work well, the scope's mount needs to be as level as you can get it.



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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: rmollise]
      #5593048 - 12/28/12 06:00 PM

Hi Rod, When I set my CGEM up I pointed the front tripod leg
North using a compass. Since it's close to Polaris why can't I do this with this dob. Also do the numbers run
{ if your standing behind the telescope, starting 0-360}clockwise or counter? Thanks for the help. De Lorme
clockwise


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DaveJ
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5593064 - 12/28/12 06:09 PM

Quote:

Hi Rod, When I set my CGEM up I pointed the front tripod leg
North using a compass. Since it's close to Polaris why can't I do this with this dob. Also do the numbers run
{ if your standing behind the telescope, starting 0-360}clockwise or counter? Thanks for the help. De Lorme
clockwise




I'm not Uncle Rod, but I can answer your question. Clockwise. In other words, due east is 90, south is 180, west is 270 and back to north at 0. Magnetic deviation can be fairly large depending on your location. Here, it's 8 degrees off from true north. True north (within 2/3 degree of Polaris) is where you want your "0" setting to be.


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5593092 - 12/28/12 06:31 PM

Quote:

Hi Rod, When I set my CGEM up I pointed the front tripod leg
North using a compass. Since it's close to Polaris why can't I do this with this dob. Also do the numbers run
{ if your standing behind the telescope, starting 0-360}clockwise or counter? Thanks for the help. De Lorme
clockwise




Because for the alt-az setting circle idea to work acceptably you have to be dead on to the Celestial Pole, as close as possible, not magnetic north, unless the magnetic deviation in your area is 0. How hard is it to point the scope at Polaris and move the setting circle under the pointer till it reads 0? You did make it adjustable, I hope...


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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: rmollise]
      #5593156 - 12/28/12 07:07 PM

Hi Rod. I mounted the bottom of the lazy susan{stationary
side}to the round board. I had planned on mounting the lazy susan to the base today{movable side} than I reliazed I cannot put the setting cirlces on as the base would sqeeze it tight. any idea how to mount the setting circles with a lazy susan? Oh! I hope so.
Thanks for your help. De Lorme


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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5593446 - 12/28/12 10:19 PM

Hi Rod, Fixed the setting circle lazy susan problem.
I made a setting circle from Robert Willet.com and I'm not sure the numbers are going the right way. When I look at the circle facing me with 0/360 at three oclock,the next
number toward me is 350 and away from me 10. Is this correct? If not do you know of another setting circle program? Thanks for the help again. De Lorme


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5593522 - 12/28/12 11:08 PM

When the telescope is pointing due north, the circle should indicate 0 or 360. When the telescope is pointing east, the circle should indicate 90.

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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: SkipW]
      #5593693 - 12/29/12 01:12 AM

Thanks for your pateince Rod. When I was making the setting
circle I over looked draw numbers clockwise. That caused my
confusion. I'll just have to make another.
Many Thanks, De Lorme


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: rmollise]
      #5594414 - 12/29/12 01:23 PM

And when you get picky about it, even Polaris isn't necessarily true north, but is rather about 2/3 of a degree off the celestial pole.

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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: archer1960]
      #5594572 - 12/29/12 02:48 PM

That's why I said "Celestial Pole," but in my experience "Polaris" is sufficient to provide acceptable pointing accuracy without having to resort to trying to aim at the true pole.

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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5594578 - 12/29/12 02:49 PM

Quote:

Thanks for your pateince Rod. When I was making the setting
circle I over looked draw numbers clockwise. That caused my
confusion. I'll just have to make another.
Many Thanks, De Lorme




Yep, but that's OK...MK II is usually better.


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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: archer1960]
      #5594580 - 12/29/12 02:51 PM

When I set up my CGEM in the rool off roof I put the front tripod leg North{magnetic}. I do a 2 star alignment and 2 more too it.
I realize that where just using the coordiates of a given
object but isn't that what the computor uses to locate
anything. I'm going to give it a try and put the base North and go from there. If I cannot find say M42 than I'll go back to aligning with a star first. If I cannot find Polaris,because the sky is bad can I use any star? For example Belteguese.
Thanks for the great help, Really appreciate it! De Lorme


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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5594582 - 12/29/12 02:53 PM

Rod, What is Mk11? Your beloved humble sevant.LOL De Lorme

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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: archer1960]
      #5594779 - 12/29/12 05:44 PM

Quote:

And when you get picky about it, even Polaris isn't necessarily true north, but is rather about 2/3 of a degree off the celestial pole.




Yes, it's true that Polaris is approximately 2/3 degree from the NCP (North Celestial Pole), but from my location at -81.427333 longitude, Polaris will be straight up from the NCP tonight at exactly 8:22:55pm. If I were trying to set up an ALT/AZ mount with setting circles, I'd aim the scope directly at Polaris at that time and set the AZ to zero. The 2/3 degree offset wouldn't come into play at all then. Incidentally, the "Mk II" to which Rod referred means the second version of your setting circles - and that they'll be "more better" than the first version.

Edited by DaveJ (12/29/12 07:54 PM)


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: DaveJ]
      #5595330 - 12/29/12 11:35 PM

Hi Dave,If I put the center of the dob base on the magnetic deviation line for my area would I not be at true North? I'll be putting this in my rool off roof so it will not be moved. I'm trying to by pass having to center Polaris or any star and just start observing. Thanks for
your pateince and help. De Lorme


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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: De Lorme]
      #5595928 - 12/30/12 11:17 AM

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Rod, What is Mk11? Your beloved humble sevant.LOL De Lorme




Your second attempt at doing an azimuth circle.

BTW, don't reinvent the wheel...the Equipment forum has PDF degree circles ready for printing.


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De Lorme
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Re: how set the seting circles new [Re: rmollise]
      #5596684 - 12/30/12 06:27 PM

Could you give me your opinion about lining up with true north by ajusting to{the differanc between magnetic north and true north} the magnetic deviaton line and than starting the 0 from there? To be able to go to the cordinates of the first object with no star alingment would be of great conveince. Better to make sure than to "I should have ask".
Thanks for your patience, and help, De Lorme


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Re: how set the seting circles [Re: De Lorme]
      #5596744 - 12/30/12 06:59 PM

Why not just sight Polaris, adjust your circle and move on ? Certainly if you no the precise magnetic deviation for your area you can use a compass. If the compass is accurate. If it's not disturbed by nearby metal, etc.

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