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Puzzled Polar Alignment Problem

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Posted by Marty/">Marty on January 3, 1999 06:59:29 UTC

I bought a new scope, very good optics, great clock drive and fairly good tripod. It has a hand controler for the clock drive and works great.. it is a Celestron G-5+... thank you Celestron for a good package...BUT... I follow the directions for the Polar Alignment and ....then what??? Now my scope is polar aligned and will track a star in that position but what if I want to see something in back of me... South... or in any different direction..it throws off the polar alignment...so if someone can explain how to keep it 'polar aligned' while viewing in a different direction ....please help. When I do try to keep the alignment but look at an object which can not be easily seen, the scope ends up in very different contortioned positions and the knobs seem to get fouled up with the clock drive: Next question... I like astrophotography but lost my cable shutter release. It was the type you press with your thumb. I have also seen the type with the squeeze bulb... is one better than the other, personal preference, or do they have different purposes? Thanks to anyone who can help... Marty

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