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rderkis
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Pier position In Garden new
      #6431503 - 03/27/14 12:08 AM

I have a 14" RCX400 I want to put on a pier. My problem is my vary limited view of the sky, all directions. How do I determine the best place in the garden to erect the pier?
Center of garden (Vary limited view to north) trees.
Favor East or west end?

Is there a program that will help me?
Latitude = 41.621718000000000000
Longitude = -83.711603999999960000


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snommisbor
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Reged: 06/15/09

Loc: Cedar Park, TX
Re: Pier position In Garden [Re: rderkis]
      #6431531 - 03/27/14 12:29 AM

I would think it would depend on what part of the sky do you like to look at the most? Then also does Polaris need to be in view for you for a polar alignment? For me being where I live right now I always set up to where I could just see Polaris but would have the largest view of the South and Southwest sky for many targets. East is probably the least being usually the stuff coming up to view is in the mucky stuff and doesn't get good until it gets higher. But it all really just depends on what you like to look at most and then put it where the best view would be in your yard. But leave a little room for other areas. Thats my advice.

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GordonCopestake
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Loc: Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK
Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: snommisbor]
      #6431651 - 03/27/14 03:06 AM

Another vote for the northern side of your yard looking south

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nmoushon
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Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: GordonCopestake]
      #6431866 - 03/27/14 08:33 AM

I agree with Rob and would want to target the Southern and Western skies. As this will allow the maxium time on a target. You don't need to see Polaris to get polar alignment. Especially if you are going to put the mount on a pier. It does help but its not a definate requirement.

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Alex McConahay
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Reged: 08/11/08

Loc: Moreno Valley, CA
Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: nmoushon]
      #6431955 - 03/27/14 09:28 AM

Also factor in light pollution. If the big city is one side, you want the other.

I would favor east and south as the most important parts of the sky to see all other things considered.

Alex


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CharlesW
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Loc: Chula Vista & Indio, CA
Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: Alex McConahay]
      #6432006 - 03/27/14 09:59 AM

Any chance you could put your pier in the front yard? Those back yard trees are a killer. Front yard would open up a lot more sky.

Edited by CharlesW (03/27/14 10:00 AM)


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GordonCopestake
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Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: CharlesW]
      #6432026 - 03/27/14 10:17 AM

Looking at the map, Charles is right, your front garden is the best bet looking over your house south. You are going to loose 30° to the trees but it's the best of a bad lot without taking a chainsaw to it

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Raginar
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Re: Pier position In Garden new [Re: GordonCopestake]
      #6433775 - 03/28/14 07:06 AM

Just top the trees.

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