- Are you using a true wedge with smooth azimuth and latitude adjustments?
- Was it easy for you to center the polar alignment star in the eyepiece during ASPA during the set for adjusting the wedge?
- Which particular EQ alignment routine are you using: EQ AutoAlign, EQ TwoStarAlign, etc.?
- Was that procedure easy for you?
- Are you finishing centering of the alignment stars in the eyepiece with the RIGHT and UP arrow buttons? (assuming the GoTo Approach is set to POSITIVE for AZM and NEGATIVE for ALT - the defaults for a NexStar+ HC)
- What two alignment stars did you use this last time?
Thank you for being willing to assist me. Let me give you the details of the process I am using: I would not say it is easy, compared to the ease at which I had auto-aligned without a wedge in the past.
I have the Nexstar + HC with the most recent update
I have the Celestron wedge for the 6/8 se
I have set the Latitude adjustment on the wedge to 35 degrees, due to my location in Chattanooga, Tn
I have leveled the tripod
-I begin by using a compass to determine North and point the base of the wedge and the forkarm roughly in that direction (to the best of my ability)
-I line up the optical tube facing the other direction (South) and make sure the index arrows are pointing to each other
-I turn on the HC and select "Align" and then select "EQ North"
-I enter the time/date and then select "EQ Auto Align"
-It asks me to confirm the Index marks, which I already did, so i press enter
-It asks me to confirm that the tube is pointed at the Meridian, since I have pointed the mount north and have the forkarm vertically on one side (like the picture above) I assume it is pointing at the Meridian (Possibly my issue?)
-It asks me to "Select star 1" - I chose Deneb. It slews close..but i use the arrows to adjust. Hit enter, then Align when perfect with my 12mm illuminated reticle.
-It asks me to "Select star 2" - I chose Antares. It slews but is off by more than Deneb, still kinda close. I use the arrows to adjust. Hit enter, then Align when perfect with my 12mm illuminated reticle.
-It tells me alignment was successful.
-I then goto "Stars" and select Antares. It slews away and then back.
-I then select "Align" and then "Polar Align" and then "Align Mount"
-The mount slews to Antares again. I center the star and it syncs.
-It then continues the polar alignment process and slews away from Antares a bit. (about 10 degrees)
-To center Antares, I have to use the Az adjustment knobs AND the Latitude adjustment knob. I notice that the LAT degrees are now at 38 displayed on the side of the wedge. Where I live it should be 35.
-I undo the sync.
-I tell the mount to GOTO Jupiter. It gets close, but i have to adjust it as it is not in the field of view. (1-2 degrees off)
-If i place Jupiter in the middle of my 12mm eyepiece, it will be gone within 10-20 minutes, so it is not tracking correctly.
I hope I answered all your questions. Don't hesitate to call me an idiot.! I do love to learn though...