Question bout polar alignment
Posted 04 July 2020 - 06:35 PM
Posted 04 July 2020 - 06:38 PM
Perhaps your mount/tripod is not level?
Perhaps the scale on your mount is not correct?
Having the mount track properly is what is important. As long as it does, I would not worry about what the latitide scale on the mount is showing.
- Tragusa113 likes this
Posted 04 July 2020 - 06:55 PM
Latitude scales on consumer-grade mounts are notoriously inaccurate. The scale on my HEQ5 was 5 degrees out. As darkcloud says, the mount must be level for even an accurate latitude scale to show the right reading. The scale is just to give you a starting reference. After that, you should tweak the adjustment to put Polaris in the right position, and ignore the latitude scale.
Posted 04 July 2020 - 07:02 PM
I agree with the scale not aligned correctly, and perhaps not level, but it you can track the planets fairly well, then the tripod/mount is most likely close to level. I also agree that the scale gets you close and then you can use a variety of methods to fine tune.
To help us answer a little better can you tell us:
1. What is the mount?
2. Where are you located in latitude?
3. Are you using a polar scope mounted into the RA axis of the mount?
4.Are you hoping to do astrophoto?
Standing by to learn more about your system.
Posted 04 July 2020 - 07:24 PM