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Star Hopping And Thanks

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Posted by Scott Simon on February 18, 2002 22:48:14 UTC

Dear Bob,

Thanks for the info. Star Hopping is what I have been doing to get around using the darn circles. Your right they are a pain in the butt. I just unlock the RA and Dec levers and move the scope by hand and target the object using the finder scope. When I'm on the target. I just glance into the 40mm Plössl and use the motor controls to get the target centered perfectly. Then I just walk up in magnification recentering each time.

I thought I wasn't crazy. After reading tons of books and rereading the setting circles I was totally confused. I said the heck with the circles. But as I got into reading about CCD's and Astophotography they all say they use the circles to get dead on. God I don't want to spend an hour getting the tripod mount and EQ setup. I like just getting the Polaris finder done and then hopping as you said. Thanks, Scott

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