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#1 Remaxman

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Posted 20 February 2019 - 11:42 PM

I do a lot of star gazing to the west and south from my office window. Seeing anything North is impossible. I just received my Sky Watcher tracker. I knew this was going to be an issue. Declination isn’t a problem, North is. I can guesstimate pretty close. I’m still getting trails etc. Is there anything I can do to get it more accurate?

#2 DuncanM

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:24 AM

Use Google Earth. 

 

Find your office location and draw a line from due North to due South through your location.

 

Aim your mount due north by aligning the (rear of) polar shaft on an object that is due south.

 

Use a builder's angle finder (~$10 at a big box home supply store) to set the correct latitude.



#3 Thaeland

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 12:38 AM

I do a lot of star gazing to the west and south from my office window. Seeing anything North is impossible. I just received my Sky Watcher tracker. I knew this was going to be an issue. Declination isn’t a problem, North is. I can guesstimate pretty close. I’m still getting trails etc. Is there anything I can do to get it more accurate?

Find your magnetic declination from here.
http://www.magnetic-declination.com/
Offset your telescope by the magnetic declination amount. You will need a high quality compass to make this work correctly.

Jon

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#4 Remaxman

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 01:35 AM

Thanks guys!




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