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Two Star Alignment using Nexus DSC Pro

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#1 StarTrooper

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 10:46 AM

When doing a two star alignment is it best to chose the two stars on opposite directions e.g. one star in the East and one in the West? Or just pick out the two brightest even if they are in close proximity? Any other suggestions on other area's would be appreciated for this new user of this system.

 

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#2 J A VOLK

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Posted 21 September 2021 - 11:14 AM

far apart is better, though not too low on the horizon


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Posted 21 September 2021 - 08:29 PM

Being lazy and having a fairly limited view of the sky at home, I almost always use Polaris for #1 and whatever bright star is easily visible to the East for #2. Works very well.


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#4 BrendanF

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Posted 22 September 2021 - 01:37 AM

The manual states that is best to have at least 70 degrees of azimuth difference, and the stars should be in in the 30-80 degree altitude range with 'at least a few degrees of separation in altitude'.

 

You can also refine locally (within 10 degrees) with the sync function.



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Posted 23 September 2021 - 04:01 PM

+1 for following the manual. Also, newer Nexus units come with an updated firmware that also does 3-star alignments which will improve precision. 




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