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What to do with Dec axis after polar alignment?

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#1 BarneyWillis

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:50 AM

Hey there astro-folks,

Second day experimenting with my eq6r-pro yesterday and have quite a beginner question I wanted to ask.

After what I can only describe as an embarrassing amount of effort, I finally got polaris where it should be in the illuminated polar scope. My question is what the dec axis should be set to once I have done this? Obviously I have to move it out the way to look through the polar scope but how should I set it before starting a star alignment routine?

Thanks in advance!

Barney.

#2 OldManSky

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:53 AM

After you polar align, go back to "zero" position -- counterweight straight down, scope pointing due north.

Start your "star alignment" from there.


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#3 fetoma

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 11:55 AM

After you polar align, go back to "zero" position -- counterweight straight down, scope pointing due north.

Start your "star alignment" from there.

Correct. "Zero" position is often called "Home" position.


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