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kljw
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Alignment new
      #5782251 - 04/06/13 05:32 PM

Hi
need a little help with this. i am using the autoalign with my LX200, however, i am finding it hard to indentify the bright star it slews to and then centre.
the the first start is selected, there are many stars in the eye peace, and all seem to be about the same brightness.
so, are there any tips that any of you fellow LX200 owners can offer.

many thanks.


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Re: Alignment new [Re: kljw]
      #5782269 - 04/06/13 05:41 PM

The alignment star probably isn't in the eyepiece (you'd recognize it if it were). Center it in the finder first - then it'll be in the eyepiece. After a successful alignment, perform a "calibrate compass". Then the alignment star should be in the eyepiece (at reasonable magnification) on subsequent alignments.

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nitegeezer
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Re: Alignment new [Re: kljw]
      #5782291 - 04/06/13 05:50 PM

I try to start the align process as early in the evening as I can so there are fewer stars to choose between. If I don't know a particular star by name I skip it and go to the next one in the list. I try to use stars that are easy for me to recognize like Arcturus. I remember seeing a list of the alignment stars somewhere and I believe there are only about 25, I can't remember where I saw that list, but Vega and a couple of stars in the Big Dipper can also be used. I suggest learning a few well and then just skip through the stars to those, I believe that is the down arrow on the later hand controllers, but that may vary depending on which version you use.

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kljw
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Re: Alignment new [Re: nitegeezer]
      #5783074 - 04/07/13 03:32 AM

Hi
thank you for the advice, i will start the alignment a little earlier tonight and i will try the calibrate compass after.
again, thank you, much appreciated.


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Robert70
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Re: Alignment new [Re: kljw]
      #5785668 - 04/08/13 11:06 AM

Is there a question mark on the handset? On my lx90 I press the ? and the name of the star appears.

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kljw
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Re: Alignment [Re: Robert70]
      #5787565 - 04/09/13 08:28 AM

Hi
i have ordered a telrad, so that should aid things a little better.
i have also read in the instruction book about the '?' mark, so i will try and get some charts printed, that will show me what to look for as an aid to alingment.
many thanks again for the help.


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Whichwayisnorth
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Re: Alignment new [Re: kljw]
      #5789504 - 04/10/13 02:13 AM

Quote:

Hi
i have ordered a telrad, so that should aid things a little better.
i have also read in the instruction book about the '?' mark, so i will try and get some charts printed, that will show me what to look for as an aid to alingment.
many thanks again for the help.




The Telrad will make life wonderful.


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nitegeezer
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Re: Alignment new [Re: Whichwayisnorth]
      #5796478 - 04/13/13 11:45 AM

I know I have fought the issue of which star should I center on. I just did a search to see what I could find and found this alignment stars webpage. I don't know why I did not look for this before but I thought I would share it.

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eliasx1
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Re: Alignment new [Re: nitegeezer]
      #5797601 - 04/13/13 10:33 PM

I use Starwalk on my phone. This helps me identify the correct star. The star's brightness on the phone and in the sky are very similar. The stars the telescope slews to are the brightest ones. You know when you see it in the eyepiece because it is much brighter than the rest.

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thesubwaypusher
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Re: Alignment new [Re: eliasx1]
      #5814106 - 04/21/13 09:30 PM

Quote:

I use Starwalk on my phone. This helps me identify the correct star. The star's brightness on the phone and in the sky are very similar. The stars the telescope slews to are the brightest ones. You know when you see it in the eyepiece because it is much brighter than the rest.




Good idea!


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kljw
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Re: Alignment new [Re: thesubwaypusher]
      #5814870 - 04/22/13 09:20 AM

Hi
i now have Starwalk, and i have stated to setup just as the light daes. tried this over the weekend, when aligning, it was obvious as to what stars i should turn to.
Alignment was spot on, and kept tracking spot on when looking and objects in the night sky.
all this was made possible by the Telrad, but most of, suggestions from fellow forum members.

well done, and thank you.


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