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Re: How To Orient A Mount At Day?

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Posted by rick l./">rick l. on July 19, 1999 22:33:28 UTC

: I would like to know how to accurately set up an : equatorial mount during the day, in order to observe : the sun. Polaris is invisible of course, so what is : your solution?

1. use a compass to align the polar axis of your scope to the north. of course this will align the scope to the earth's magnetic pole,but should be good enough for casual observation.

2. set up your scope at night and align to polaris or the north celestial pole. mark the position of the tripod feet where they touch the ground by pounding two dowl rods into the ground on either side of each of the tripod feet.when you lift the mount straight up you now have six rods that mark the position for placement of your scope the next day. if on a hard surface, try using duct tape. REMEMBER TO USE A GOOD,SECURE SOLAR FILTER ON THE FRONT END OF YOUR SCOPE BEFORE OBSERVING THE SUN!!!!!!!


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