Recently (past couple months) I have started to use the Polemaster (as opposed to drift aligning).
Once I got the Polemaster dialed in , and my brain wrapped around the necessary workflow, I've found Polemaster to do a fantastic job of aligning the mount , which is on a portable pier on a patio that unfortunately has some shift due to clay soil which tends to heave and move when wet , which means I need to double check polar alignment every night.
Also... my neighbor has a fairly large elm tree which is directly north of the mount location. However Polaris is usually "just above" the tree so polar alignment is indeed possible.
A couple nights ago I noticed the Polemaster was having a hard time with the "precise pole" step.
After closer observation it seems to be using Delta Ursae Minoris for the "precise pole" alignment.
Unfortunately this star is kinda buried in the tree. (see attached images.)
Question: Is it possible to configure Polemaster to use one of the other stars for "precise pole" alignment?
Any other suggestions?
Thx in advance.
I've attached a couple images showing the issue.
Btw.. in case you are wondering...
- The tree is not mine, so I can't easily just trim it... however I am considering paying the neighbor to have it trimmed (we're on pretty good terms), but it won't be cheap.
- Moving the mount is not quite an option... there are trees to the south also! If this is problematic I'll actually probably move the mount further north a bit, and drift align.
- Pulling up stakes and moving to a completely different location is the most preferable option but probably won't happen soon.