hi everyone i am trying to find a good place to find out where Polaris should be in my polar scope i don't have a cell phone so app's are out of reach for me anyone know a good place to find this info?
Post by R. Scott Dixon on Sept 18, 2018 11:51:44 GMT -8
Craig, New users will realize that the first task with a new polar scope is to align the scope to your mount. Observe through your polar scope at an object some 100 feet away or so. Rotating your mount through RA, the center of your polar scope is adjusted until the cross hairs in your reticule do not move.
Then just observe the big dipper visually, and think of its angle as a clock. Rotate your mount through RA to match your observation of the big dipper. Then place the pole star in the circles' inside edge using your azimuth and altitude adjustments and you are done.
Apps are nice as you can verify the information instantly, but are not necessary to do a polar alignment.
hey scott i am using the sky tracker i won at the star quest, That was donated by O'Telescope. the polar scope will only go in one way i was able to get a pretty decent alignment last night using a program called Polar Finder and once i got my coords punched in it gave me a diagram on where Polaris should be. i was getting the smallest bit of star trail with a30 second exposure so not bad for my first try at it.