how to drift align a sky guider pro since Polaris is hidden from my location any help i want to buy it badly but this is the only thing hindering me from buying if any of yo have tried drift align with a star tracker i would love to hear how to do it so any suggestions would be much appreciated i have no guide scope or guide camera only a dslr and kit lens
how to drift align a star tracker
Posted 22 October 2020 - 08:09 AM
I use the compass and level on my smart phone to get within a degree or two.
Slap on a nice long lens and follow the procedure linked below. I use an old Canon 200mm with 2x extender.
If using a camera instead of eyepiece, just make sure the frame is rotated to an orthogonal N/S/E/W orientation.
As you alternate between meridian and horizon, be sure to keep track of which direction is north, east, etc.
I take two shots, several minutes apart. Then chimp-zoom and 'blink' back and forth between the two. (Some cameras may not allow this.)
Edited by Greg Campbell, 22 October 2020 - 08:11 AM.