I'm fairly new to astronomy and bought my first real (non-department store) setup a few months ago. It included a Celestron AVX mount. I had been having trouble getting a good polar alignment using the polar scope so I attempted to align it's reticle and discovered something unexpected. As I rotated the RA axis, the reticle rotated and moved through an arc as expected but I also noticed the image of the object I was aimed at was sweeping through an arc as well. So is there a misalignment between the polar scope and the RA axis of the mount?
I imagine some small error is unavoidable but this seems significant. The arc the image made was maybe 0.15 degree radius. Is this typical?
Is this most likely an issue with the mount (loose RA bearing? polar scope mounting threads cut wrong?) or with the polar scope itself?
Any ideas on how to figure out the root issue and correct it?
I searched Celestron's page and the forums here and couldn't find discussion on this problem anywhere. Any help is appreciated!
Edited by vtaDan, 29 September 2022 - 01:27 PM.