I'm starting to see the advantages of RA/Dec,, but still figuring it out.
I'm thinking about putting degree circles on my scope and considering an outer 16" 360° azimuth circle and an inner 15" 24hr right ascension circle on the scope base. Printing them both on the same 18x24 sheet, counter-clockwise numbers, both zeros at the same point. Then laminating them. I read the last 5pgs of the degree circle thread and scanned some of the other pages.
Would that be correct? Az and RA on the same sheet? CCW? Both 0's at the same spot?
Or is it bass-ackwards to do this at all, and do one or the other, or do them on separate sheets?
Your signature lists your scope as a tabletop dob. That is an alt/az mount so you would use the alt/az system with it. Ra and Dec would not work on it. It does not move in the right manner. If you mounted the tube on an EQ mount, then you would use RA/Dec. EQ mounts move in crazy angles to follow the movement of the skies. They are primarily designed for long exposure photography and keep the image from rotating in the eyepiece. RA/Dec was intended to be a coordinate system that relates the stars to each other so that the coordinates of the stars printed in the paper star charts would not change and have to be updated every second. Alt/Az coordinates for any star change every second throughout the night - something that the computer apps and GOTO scopes are very good at keeping track of. Luckily, the coordinates change slowly enough that you can dial in a number into your degree circles and still find the object 20 seconds later in your 25mm eyepiece.