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Try Manually Identifying Alignment Stars

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Posted by Ralph Jugo on May 16, 2002 19:43:42 UTC

If you can't see Polaris from where you are, you are at a disadvantage. If you can find Polaris, center it in the eye piece, and then lock down the RA, and then put the scope in the home position and then lock down the Declination knob. If you can't do this, given the your disadvantage, try to point the scope to true north, and put the scope in the home position. The best thing to do next is to familiarize your self with 2 alignment stars that you can manually pick out of the sky. For instance, Sirius and Beetlegeuse are easy to identify. Then use "2 Star" alignment from the Setup Alignment menu, and center these stars in the eye piece.

All of this also assumes that you have put the correct City in the location menu. If you have not, or if the City is not in the menu, you need to manually add the longitude and latitude of your location by either using a GPS for this information, or by calling your nearest airport for these coordinates.

Hope this helps,

Ralph J.

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