I have an idea but i am thinking this is going to be something that will be better as a DIY than it would be for a commercial application. Well i should say maybe part DIY and part commercial. The Commercial part is a smartphone app for the polar align part. i have reached out to the developer of PS Align Pro for the iPhone to see if he might be interested in this as this is right up his alley and his app would be killer for this. Basically my idea is this:
The polar alignment reticle on most EQ mounts is in a hard to see and awkwardly place position to make it comfortable to use. For me, i need to twist my neck around like and owl and then bend WAY down, even with the mount sitting up high just to see into it. Now PS Align Pro has as part of its features a display that can show you exactly how the reticle should be positioned so you can pretty accurately polar align your scope. the problem for me and i see a lot of people is how to you match that to what you see in your reticle and NOT get a serious crick in your neck doing so. For me the answer is two fold:
1. Attach a 45 degree mirror or diagonal to the body of the tripod that can look up into the reticle but not mount to it so it stays stationary. The best way i can think of is some kind of custom mount that can hold the weight of both a 90 degree mirrored diagonal AND the phone plus a holder. I found on eBay a Meade smartphone adapter ( https://www.ebay.com...872.m2749.l2649 )which if i am right will allow you to plug in the barrel from an eyepiece to it and allow you to easily place this in the diagonal. Now you don't want to magnify the image so placing it in with the open barrel from an eyepiece would be best.
2. Use the smartphone camera to view the reticle from this hardware and use it to polar align a little easier.
PS Align pro has the reticle arrangement but it doesn't pair it with the smart phone camera... yet. Im hoping this can be done. Otherwise it may be possible to use two phones or a phone and webcam for doing this. My idea though is to integrate his polar scope reticle view with the camera so all you need to do is align the reticle with the display on the phone and then simply move the mount till Polaris is where it needs to be. Of course i don't develop apps so i really don't know if this is feasible but the first part surely is, that is mating the phone to the reticle in a way the camera app can see down it.
So to all of you i pose this question: given the need to mount something that A ) can hold all that weight, and B ) can see down the reticle clearly, how would YOU create this mount for your scope? Even if the app idea is a no-go, still having a way to actually see down the reticle without having to crane your neck would be a great asset and might work regardless of which smartphone you have. I just have issues with how to secure the contraption to the mount head securely so it doesn't move or flex too much.
Lets all pick up our thinking caps and see what falls out shall we?